August is the month when my addiction to fresh tomatoes kicks into high gear, and I start having fantasies about hoarding them for the winter. So I rounded up several friends for a 40-mile round trip bike expedition so we could pick our own at the Smith Family Farm. There's tons of other farms located in the Brentwood area, which is nestled in the northeast corner of the East Bay near the rich agricultural region of the delta.
We rolled out from the Pittsburg Bay BART station to the Delta de Anza Regional Trail, then veered onto the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. Along the way, we spotted some grape vines, pomegranate and fig trees that were overflowing with fruit, so we filled our panniers (and bellies) with delicious foraged treasure.