Picking fruits at U-pick farms are a fun activity for the whole family and especially popular during Memorial Day weekend. We had not done any outdoor activities as a family since the beginning of the Shelter In Place order. I wasn’t sure if the farms would be open to the public for U-Pick this year and was pleasantly surprised to learn they were.
A lot of the farms required an appointment now in order to limit the number of people on the orchard and allow for easier social distancing. It was an easy process, I just reserved a time online for our family. I picked the earliest time, 8am, because Brentwood, CA gets hot in May!
It was actually hard to wake up that early because ever since SIP, everyone has been used to sleeping in.
It was actually nice that the admission was limited because we had no issues finding parking and the farm was easy to maneuver without the crowds from previous years.
I had already paid $20 during the reservation, which was applied to the purchase of the cherries. Cherries are $3.50/lb. They provided plastic bags and this particular farm allows you to bring step ladders, but they also had some in the orchard as well.
I chose to go to G&S Farms because this orchard is one of the orchards that have Rainier Cherries, which are my favorite. They also had other varieties as well.
We finished up around 9:30am at G&S Farms and we headed to Chan’s Fruit Stand to go strawberry picking. There was a short line to get in. The strawberries were on the smaller side but they were juicy, sweet and fragrant. If you plan on going, please check their days and hours of operation because their u-pick hours are limited and they do close early if their fields are picked out. There is a 2lb minimum for u-pick, which is easy to fulfill. I think we ended up buying over 5lbs. Their strawberries are $2.50/lb.
It was a good thing we started out early because as we were leaving around 11:30, it was starting to get up in the low 80s, and traffic was getting heavy with the steady stream of cars going into Brentwood.
For Cherry u-pick, try to get an early appointment. Slather on sunscreen before coming. The sun can get intense especially if you haven’t spent much time outdoors recently. Remember to bring sunglasses, hat and water as it can get hot. Don’t forget the masks!