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U-Pick Fruit Farms in the Bay Area – Strawberries, Peaches, Blackberries & More

Summer is in full swing, which means berries and stone fruits are in season! Take the family to a nearby U-PICK farm for some fresh air and seasonal fruit, and don’t forget the camera! The kids may work up an appetite running around orchards and searching for the sweetest berries, so pack a picnic and don’t forget the sunblock! Here’s a couple of our favorite farms in the Bay Area:

At Peter A. Wolfe Ranch in Brentwood (about 40 minutes from the East Bay), stone fruit is the specialty and varieties of peaches are available for picking until mid-August. Picked apricots are also in season and for sale at the packing shed, just place a call to reserve. Sign up for Wolfe’s weekly email to receive up-to-the-minute details about what is ripe for picking each weekend. Right now, it’s white peaches and the farmers take seasonality seriously.

Grape Stomp: A Napa Harvest Experience

Anyone who knows I Love Lucy remembers the episode where Lucy wanders off to a vineyard and is ordered by forceful Italian women to crush grapes with her feet in a wine vat. Well, the clever, fun-loving family behind Schweiger Vineyards has recreated the side-splitting scene with this year's harvest experience. Sure, Crushpad may offer their version of a city crush camp, but we say go where the grapes grow for a truly authentic escapade. Make the trek up to the mountaintop vineyard and winery in St. Helena for a day of sampling, sugar testing, handpicking, de-stemming and good, old-fashioned stomping.

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