What You Need to Know
If you registered earlier, we made
a mistake. The correct address is
7666 Leisure Town Road
Questions? click here or call (925) 297-5525
Here are some questions that have been asked more than once:
Water, Water, Water...do I need to bring water?
Please bring water for personal use. We want to avoid piles of plastic bottle destroying the environment. We will have a cooler with water, but do you want to walk from the orchard to the registration desk every time you want a drink? Please bring a reusable bottle of water.
What should I wear?
Check the weather and dress appropriately in layers. You can always shed layers but you won’t be comfortable if the weather gets cold and you are not prepared.
We will be in the field picking fruit. No Sunday’s best, just your “painting” clothes.
Closed-toe shoes, because stubbing your toe on a branch may be memorable but not fun.
Sun screen, and hat, you know why.
Do I need gloves?
If you have gardening gloves bring them. If you need some, the big hardware stores sell them for under $5.
Bring your pruners. This is not a question, is it?
If you have pruners, as in gardening pruners, bring them. It’s easier to snip the fruit than to twist it.
What about lunch?
If you eat a hearty breakfast, you might be able to wait until after 1pm. Otherwise bring lunch and snacks. We will keep the orchard open after harvest for you to enjoy a picnic.
About the fruit
What is a persimmon?
According to Wikipedia, “Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. The word Diospyros comes from the ancient Greek words “Dios” (διός) and “pyros” (πυρος). In context, this means more or less “divine fruit”
Persimmons are loved in many Asian countries and are less known in America.
What type of persimmon are these?
These are non-astringent fuyu persimmons. You can eat them like eating an apple.
Can we take some fruit home?
Yes. We will have a few bags there, but please bring your own.
Logistics of the Day
Can we come for a few hours?
With 150,000+ plus pounds of fruit of the trees, we will not run out of fruit to pick.
There is plenty of parking at the orchard. Do not park on the county road, unless you want to see what a Solano County parking ticket looks like!
What if it rains?
Let’s hope it doesn’t. If the rain is heavy, making field work unsafe, we will cancel the event. Please check here for updates.
If it’s light rain, we will harvest what we can. Hunger is at record high in America and people are suffering from lack of food. The discomfort of working in light rain is nothing compared to the daily experience of the poor and the hungry.
Do I have to go up a ladder?
No. These are short trees which we will harvest by hand or using picking poles from the ground.
Curious, but really good Questions
Where do you get the 10,000 number from?
A farmer has to grow about 5 pounds of food to feed a person for a day (4.5 pounds to feed a woman and 5.5 pounds to feed a man.) Our goal is to harvest 50,000 pounds of fruit. If we reach our goal we can donate enough fruit to feed 10,000 people, three square meals for a day.
5 lbs? That a lot of food for a day.
5 lbs is the gross weight of the food a farmers has to grow to feed a person (4.5 lbs for a female adult and 5.5 lbs for a male adult) This includes the non-edible parts of the plant which may include seeds, stalk, leaves and skin. Since we don’t count the weight of leaves and branches, 5 lbs is a lot of fruit to eat, even if you were stranded on an island.
Do you expect a person to eat persimmons for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Of course not. We hope even the poor can eat a more balanced diet. There are many ways we can measure the impact of our work. For example we can use USDA suggested serving size for fruit per person/per day. We think when it comes to feeding the hungry, a more meaningful measurement is to ask how many people can be fed for a day based on the calories our work produced that day.