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.
Our U-Pick cherry orchards are unique to others in that it is comprised of not just one or two types of cherries, but many. At the Payne Avenue location, we grow six different varieties that mature over a staggered amount of time. We call them them Early Season, Mid-Season and Late-Season cherries. We are Harvest Time member #35.
The cherry varieties are:
- Royal Tioga
- Coral Champagne
- White Rainier
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.