Bays Farms

We have many varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears and Christmas trees, when in season. Call for availability and open days

(503) 324-0261.  To preserve our help's sanity, we will be closed at least 1 to 2 days most weeks. 

Hours when open;

                                Currently our hours are 9am-6pm

                                  Normally our hours are as shown below

                                  July -August 9am- 6pm or until out of ripe fruit

                                 September    9am-6pm or until out of ripe fruit

                                 October         9am-5pm or until out of ripe fruit

                                 Nov.-Dec.     9am-4pm or until out of ripe fruit or dusk

Most fruit is only available u-pick.  Picked fruit is only available occasionally (except for plums which are picked when ripe).  Fruit trees can be picked from the ground.  We have boxes available or you can use your own containers.  We accept cash or Checks for payment. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

 

 Updates

Fruit is ripening about two and a half weeks early this year!!!

Honey bee Warning

We are seeing an increasing amount of honey bees foraging in the orchard as regular nectar sources dry up.  Please be aware they are sucking up fruit juice wherever they find a break in the fruit skin on fruit that has dropped onto the ground and some fruit still hanging in the tree.  So far this year we have seen very few yellow jackets.

 

August 23, 2015 7:30 AM

We are down to only one variety Of peach and are out of Nectarines. We have just a few New Improved Elberta's left and then we will be done for the year on Peaches and Nectarines. We have Bartlet Pears, Akane, Gingergold, Gravenstein and Red Gravenstein apples available for U-Pick.

We are Open Today

Please call before coming out to make sure we still have what you are looking for.  I think we will run out of Peaches this Morning.

Coming Soon

Honeycrisp and Auvil Fuji Apples

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August 17, 2015 8:30 AM

Closed Today (and possibly longer) for ripening

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We are down to only one variety Of peach and are basically out of Nectarines. We have just a few green, New Improved Elberta's left and then we will be done for the year on Peaches and Nectarines.  Please call before coming out to make sure we are open and still have something left that is ripe.

When the last of the Peaches and Nectarines are gone we will shift to being open only on weekends for Apples and Pears.  If you need a hundred plus pounds of something, Call, we can schedule a time during the week.

 

Plums

We are still finding ripe Friar and Hollywood plums.  A few picked Shiro plums are available.

Apples

We are harvesting the Red Gravenstein and Regular Gravenstein apples.  We are continuing to pick the Gingergold apples.  Honeycrisp apples should be ready within about 2 weeks (I was off in my earlier prediction).  On Apples, Plums and Pears,  picked and U-Pick fruit is curently the same price.

Pears

Bartlets, Ready to pick.

Asian Pears

These are still not ripe.

 

August 10, 2015 7:11 AM

Note

We will probably be closing down for ripening for a couple of days at some point this week and it may happen suddenly.  Please call just before coming out to make sure we still have ripe fruit.  We have been closed only two days since July 9 and both times were due to rain showers.

Peaches                                                                      

The Peach Season is winding down

We still have some Veterans.  On the Canadian Harmony, Elegant Lady, Finnicum's Red and Suncrest, we are down to a trace amount.  Normally they would just now be starting to ripen.

Our last variety is the New Imroved Elberta which will be ripening sometime in the next 10 days.

Nectarines

Although people have been picking them for the last 10 days, The Fantasia, for the most part, are still not ripe.  It should be just a few more days.  At this point I"m unsure of the status of the Flavortop and Red Gold nectarines.  These two varieties normally ripen before the Fantasia and I know people have been picking them as well.

Plums

We are finding ripe Friar and Hollywood plums.  Not all of the remaining Shiro plums are overripe.

Apples

We still have some Redfree and Summerred apples available for upick and we are harvesting the Red Gravenstein and Regular Gravenstein apples.  We are starting to pick the Gingergold apples.   This is the first apple we have, so far, with that full Fall flavor. Honeycrisp apples should be ready within about 2 weeks.

Pears

Bartlets, Ready to pick.

Asian Pears

These are still 1 to 3 weeks away.

 

August 5, 2015

We still have all the varieties mentioned for August 1 plus we are now picking on Elegant Lady peaches. 

Today, We do have some picked Canadian Harmony peaches available.

 

August 1, 2015

Honey bee Warning

We are seeing an increasing amount of honey bees foraging in the orchard as regular nectar sources dry up.  Please be aware they are sucking up fruit juice wherever they find a break in the fruit skin on fruit that has dropped onto the ground and some fruit still hanging in the tree.  So far this year we have seen very few yellow jackets.

 

Peaches

We are continuing to pick on Suncrest, Canadian Harmony and Finnacum's Red peaches. These varieties are now at thier prime.  We are starting to find a few Blushingstar(white flesh) and Veteran Peaches that are ripe. There are also a few of the earlier peach varieties still available but please taste before picking-flavor, texture and moisture content can change at the last picking. Elegant lady peaches will be ripening soon.

Nectarines

Harko and Hardired Nectarines are ripe and are disappearing fast. Some are suffering damage from light rain late last month.

Plums

Shiro Plums are ready some are now very ripe.

Redheart and Friar plums are close and are currently at a firm sweet-tart stage they are running small this year but many have already been picked.

 

Apples

Redfree, Summerred (limited quantity) and Arkcharm (very limited quantity)apples are ready and some ripe Red Gravenstein and regular Gravenstein apples can be found.

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July 25, 2015 

We are closed today due to rain.  We should be open again tomorrow.

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July 21, 2015

Everything shown for July 7th is gone.  We are currently between varieties on Nectarines and waiting for our Harko and Hardired Nectarines to ripen.

Peaches

We have been picking on the following varieties for about a week and they may not last much longer.

Harbrite, Newhaven, Redhaven, Harkin, Harson, Bellaire, Dixie Gem  (in order of quantity available)

The following varieties are starting to get close

Canadian Harmony, Suncrest and Veterans and may be ripe by the end of next week.

 

Plums

Shiro Plums are ready

 

Apples

Gravenstein apple are very close as are Redfree and Arkcharm

7/25/2015 We are now out of Lodi and Yellow Transparent.

 

July 7,2015

Early peaches and white fleshed Nectarines are availble now

Peaches

GW115 (has been renamed GlenGlo) early semifreestone (freestone when picked fully ripe off the tree) peach usually has good flavor small to large sized depeding on thinning and the year. Glenglo tends to have split pits only one and one half productive trees left alive quantities are very limited.  We planted 10 trees of Glenglo last year in front of our house.

Brighton The only peach we have that is supposed to be a cling.  A small to medium sized peach with very red blush and good flavor.  This year like many early peaches has A lot of split pits.  The birds have also been attcking this variety -many pits on a stem hanging from the trees.  We have  lost 2 out of the original 5 trees and some major branches have been removed from the survivors. Quantities limited.

Nectarines (most nectarines in our area trend to be small)

White Fleshed

Artic Glo a small tart acid flavored white fleshed nectarine can be sweet at times- a comlex flavor.

June Pearl a small to medium very sweet nectarine

Yellow Fleshed

Diamond Brite a small to medium sized complex flavored nectarine sweeter than Artic Glo but not as se=weet as June Pearl

June Glo (we think, definetely not a Newhaven peach which is what it was sold as) A small nectarine with a large pit but tastes good.

Plums

THis year we had very nice weather during the bloom on plums and most blossoms set fruit.  Normally more than half of the "set" fruit drops off in June -the June drop-  which did not happen this year.  We have a huge crop of small plums.

Early Golden a slightly tart yellow asian plum this year is very small because it set so heavy and was not thinned.  Less juice than the Shiro plum.

Methley This year is a small ( purple plum sweeter than the Early Golden.  The birds have been attacking this plum which could attract bees or wasps.

 

So far this year the fruit tends to be running two to three weeks early.

Based on the ripening dates of the above we can expect the following Peach varities probably next week.

Bellaire, Dixie Gem, Harson, Harbrite, Harkin Newhaven and Redhaven.

Towards rhe end of July or early August we can expect the Canadian Harmony, Suncrest and Veteran Peaches.  The season for peaches will probably be over by mid August.

For Nectarines the white fleshed Artic Sweet could be as early as this weekend.

 

 

April 4, 2015 Update

Peaches and Nectarines are mostly done blooming and some are at the shuck split stage.  This is very early and we anticipate the season will be 2 to 3 weeks earlier this year.  Please give us a call about the 15th of July or watch this page for further updates on when varieties will probably be ripe.

 

Directions: 
Go to the north end of Banks. From the Shell gas station, go due west on Cedar Canyon Road for ½ mile. Follow the signs to our farm.
Season: 
Mid July - December 23rd
Phone: (503) 324-0261 (7:30am-9pm only please)
Hours: 
July - August 9am-7pm.
Owner: 
Jim, Anna & Randy Bays

Location

14550 NW Bays Drive
97106 Banks , OR
United States
Phone: 503-324-0261

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