Brentwood is perhaps the only East Bay community that still has tracts with side-by-side farms producing abundant food. Some of these beloved East Contra Costa County farms have now opened to the public for those interested in keeping up their annual u-pick tradition. Read up here and watch the very helpful video on COVID safety guidelines before going, and this year, you might choose a drive-up, no-contact purchase from the farm stands instead of picking. The harvest season begins with strawberries and cherries, followed quickly by caneberries and stone fruits and then onto corn and other row crops through the summer. Reservations for u-pick are required in some cases, so check the farm’s website before you go.

Photo courtesy of Harvest Time Brentwood