The Bloomfield family has been farming in Contra Costa County since 1945. Historically, we have farmed wheat, barley, milo, corn, sugar beets, tomatoes, cantaloupe, other mixed melons, lettuce, asparagus, sunflowers, safflower, alfalfa, wine grapes, cattle, and now cherries.
We currently farm 230 acres of wine grapes, 400 acres of alfalfa, 70 acres of wheat, and 25 acres of cherries.
We are Harvest Time member #35.
Our U-Pick cherry orchards are unique to others in that it is comprised of not just one or two types of cherries, but several. At the Payne Avenue location, we grow three different varieties; however three varieties were recently replanted with new trees and these three types won’t be available until the 2023 Season.
The cherry varieties for 2019 U-Pick are:
- Royal Tioga
- Coral Champagne
The harvest season for cherries is generally a short one. Our cherries ripen beginning in May sometime (every year is a little different), and last only 3 to 5 weeks.