I discovered the lush Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta agricultural region and the city of Brentwood over twenty years ago. There were many farms in Brentwood then, before several were converted into large tract home developments. This area has had a rich agricultural heritage going back to the early 1900’s with major crops like cherries, corn and peaches. Sadly, many farms are disappearing and many families have tired of farming decided to move on.
This isn’t the case with Smith Family Farm that has followed a tradition of farming that stretches back over a century and across continents. Descending from Spanish tomato farmers and Ohioan corn growers, current owners and siblings Janice, Ken, Bill and Shirley opened Smith Family Farm for business in the late 1970’s. Since then, thousands of families have visited the farm and experienced their unique, old-fashioned take on fruits and vegetables, while countless others around the Bay Area have flocked to local farmers’ markets and Michelin starred restaurants for their famous selection of heirloom tomatoes.
Other members of the Smith family include: Betty, their mother, Janice’s son Nic, and their cousin Robin Pastor. Betty entertains children during the Fall and Spring seasons while Nic and Robin work at the fruit stand and sell produce at local farmers’ markets. Most of the employees at the farm are family friends and cousins.
While the farm gets its name from the family that founded it, the families that come here year-round to enjoy quality produce and old-fashioned fun are equally vital to the farm. Smith Family Farm is a farm for the whole family. My own family adopted Smith Family Farm as our family farm over twenty years ago and we continue to make the trip out to Brentwood every two weeks from May to September to harvest our own produce for use at home and to share with friends and neighbors.
Open Mid May thru November Smith Family Farm offers a wide selection of sweet and fresh fruits and vegetables:
- Dozens of varieties of hot and sweet Peppers
- Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums and Pluots
- Apples, Persimmons and Pomegranates
- Watermelons, Cantaloupes and other Tantalizing Melons
- Seven varieties of Squash and Zucchini
- Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries
- Onions and Garlic
- Potatoes and Yams
- Fresh-cut Basil, Mint, Oregano, Sage and Thyme
- Swiss Chard, Kale, Collards and Beet Greens
- Fresh-Cut flowers
- Various other seasonal surprises
U-Pick is a fun time for the entire family. See where your food is grown and experience the joy of harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables. Smith Family Farm offers U-Pick fruit and vegetables throughout the long growing season. Availability is posted on their telephone recorded message and updated as items are ripe and ready to pick.
Throughout the year, SFF has over 20 varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, apples, pears and pomegranates, along with a selection of their famous tomatoes. Other vegetables, such as cucumbers, peppers, eggplant and squash vary in availability year to year.
I hope you delight in your visit to Smith Family Farm as much as I do and share it with your friends and family.
4430 Sellers Avenue
Brentwood, CA 94513
General Info & Field Trip Booking (925) 625-5966
Private Summer Tours (925) 642-6074
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