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Hundreds pick peaches at Chico State's annual event at University Farm

Hundreds came to the Chico State University Farm off Hegan Lane in south Chico Thursday for the annual U-Pick Peaches event.

An estimated 10,000 pounds of peaches were picked from the peach orchard on the first day.

The cost for the fresh peaches is $1.50 per pound, which peach lovers say is a great deal compared to what is found in grocery stores.

"$1.50 a pound for organic peaches, that's a great deal," said one peach picker.

In a tweet sent out by Chico State Thursday afternoon, staff said due to a lighter-than-usual crop this year and a huge demand on opening day, the U-Pick Peach Orchard will not reopen on Friday or Saturday.

They added if you missed out, check the peach hotline at 530-898-4989 next week as there are still some ripe peaches left in the orchard.

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