While your local grocer may be selling some nice-looking fruit, we all know nothing is fresher than getting down and dirty and picking your own produce. Here are a few of our favorite orchards in the Valley that are offering up their best summer bounty for the picking.
“When it comes to picking your own fruit, it makes a world of difference,” says Lawrence Orchards owner Rick Lawrence. Lawrence clued us in on a little something about our fair apricots. According to the farmer, what you get in the supermarket isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Companies and farms ship the apricots before they’re ripe, that way they don’t rot by the time they make it to the store. Picking your fruits and veggies means you are getting the maximum ripeness and all that nice flavor which you can’t get in a supermarket.”
This year, Montgomery Place Orchards enters its 28th season as a family-run farm, and there is no shortage of summer fruits on their land — blueberries, apricots, plums, Saturn peaches. Can you say juicy?
Prospect Hill Orchards has been in the Clarke family for 200 years. Land that’s been in the same family that long has got to be hiding some pretty succulent treasures. The sixth and seventh generations of Clarkes have pick-your-own options like apricots, nectarines, and yellow and white peaches.