Turn A Morning In Cherry Picking Into A Day of Exploring
Cherry picking is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. From young children excited to explore a working farm to great-grandparents reminiscing about their childhood days scouring trees for the sweetest, juiciest fruit, u-pick season is the perfect activity to make fun, lasting memories for the entire family. But, the Contra Costa cherry picking area has so much more to do than pick cherries. If you are looking for more than cherries to pick, follow these simple tips to explore Brentwood after a morning of visiting farms.
Plan Your Morning Fruit Picking
The best way to get the first pick of fresh fruit is to plan on arriving at the U-Pick farms early. Most open as early as 9 AM. The benefit of arriving early is cooler temperatures, easier parking opportunities and your choice of fruit. Our cherry trees are still dripping in cherries – so, there is more than enough for everyone. However, the earlier you plan on picking, the more time you have to explore.
Keep in mind, the fruit will last longer if you store it in a cooler after you pick it. Be sure to pack a cooler, ice and perhaps even a change of shoes for post fruit picking adventures. There are also many farms that offer different cherry varieties. Use the filter feature on our website to view all U-Pick farms and then check the individual farm pages for their hours.
Find A Place For Lunch
A full morning of cherry picking and fruit buying at local farm stands means a big appetite for lunch. Luckily, Brentwood and surrounding towns have a huge variety of options that will answer everyone’s palates. From traditional Mexican cuisine to enjoying more casual treats, such as hot dogs, a quick visit to the Harvest Time Associate Members page will introduce you to a smorgasbord of delicious eateries. Your biggest dilemma will be where to eat and if you want to take it to go!
Keep in mind, our U-Pick communities have beautiful parks you can enjoy. For example, if you have little kids, perhaps picking up a picnic lunch and enjoying it at the Blue Goose Park, located on O’Hara will give parents shaded tables to rest and a splash pad for kids to cool off and play in. City Park, located in downtown Brentwood, offers a full play structure, restrooms and a lot of shade trees for you to relax under.
Vornhagen Farms offers a designated picnic area for their customers: https://harvestforyou.com/vornhagen-farms-cherries/
Explore the Downtown District
The Historic Downtown Corridor in Brentwood is a perfect way to end your U-Pick adventures. With cute boutiques, fun eateries, and charming storefronts, downtown Brentwood is a relaxing way to end a day. Shaded streets, park benches, water features, and friendly faces will invite you to learn more about the community that supports the local farmers, fruit stands and U-Pick orchards. Wandering through the historic city center is relaxing and a fun way to end a day of family, fruit and country life. Many warm summer evenings you may come across live music, concerts, and other community events happening downtown for you to enjoy as well.
Enjoy Cherry Season
Plan a visit to far East County and enjoy the rich farming history, dozens of U-Pick farms, pre-pick farms, parks, restaurants, and our downtown. If you are looking for a fun way to spend the day, jump in the car and head out to our farms and have some summer fun.
U-PICK FARMS – 🍑 Peaches, Apricots, Strawberries, and other Fruits
- #6 Mike’s U-Pick – https://harvestforyou.com/mikes-u-pick/
- #28 McKinney Farms (A Peachy Place) – https://harvestforyou.com/mckinney-farms-a-peachy-place/
- #15 Bacchini’s Fruit Tree – https://harvestforyou.com/bacchinis-fruit-tree/
- #41 Chans Fruit Stand – https://harvestforyou.com/chans-fruit-stand/
- #17 Ranch Zaragoza – https://harvestforyou.com/rancho-zaragoza/
U-PICK FARMS – 🍒 Cherries
All Cherry U-Pick Farms are OPEN, farms are listed below or follow the steps to search!
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- Visit https://harvestforyou.com/farms/
- Select from the following options in the first filter: All Farms, Other Farms, Pre-picked Farms, U-Pick Farms
- In the 2nd filter select “Cherries U-Pick”
U-Pick is a wonderful experience! Please follow these tips to ensure the BEST U-Pick Experience:
While you’re in the area, remember to visit our vineyards and winery offering award-winning wines and our country stores for local products:
- Gursky Ranch – known as “neighborhood gourmet”
- McCauley Olive Groves Store – experience olive oil tasting!
- Tess’ Kitchen – great gift items
- Brentwood’s Co.Co.County Wine Co
- Campos Family Vineyards
- Hannah Nicole Vineyards
- McCauley Estate Vineyards
- Petersen Vineyards
- Tamayo Family Vineyards