Popular Peach Picking Starts at Farm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-28-2016

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Public Affairs

The public is invited once again to pick peaches beginning Tuesday, Aug. 2, at California State University, Chico’s University Farm. “U-Pick Peaches” will be open 8 a.m. to noon every day through Sunday, Aug. 7.

The price for peaches is $1.50 per pound, cash or check only. The farm is location at 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane off Hegan Lane in Chico.

Pickers must bring their own containers to take the fruit home. The farm provides buckets for picking only. Certified scales are on site.

The farm staff ask customers to please not pick up or eat fruit that has already fallen to the ground, and be gentle with the fruit and the trees. Customers should not squeeze or pick green fruit as it will cause bruising.

Due to health concerns, pets are not allowed in the orchards.

The farm has three varieties of peaches that ripen in the following order:

  • Hale — Old variety, still one of the best; exceptionally large, round, uniform, freestone fruit is golden yellow overlaid with carmine; firm, fine-grained, deep yellow flesh is free from stringiness and has delicious flavor; good for home canning and fresh use; outstanding handling and shipping peach. 
  • Fay Elberta — Large, yellow skin freestone with little red blush; has fairly good shape and good flavor; flesh is yellow, fine-grained with good firmness; a shipping and canning variety.
  • O’Henry — Popular fresh market variety; large size fruit that is a freestone, round to irregular shape; skin color is 75–100 percent red blush; flesh is yellow, streaked with red; superb flavor; it is very firm, stores well and is an excellent shipping peach. 

To get an updated status report on the peaches, call the farm’s Peach Hotline at 530-898-4989.

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