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Dwelley Family Farms Is A Taste of History

It is a long-held belief that history and people are tied together with the food that is shared at the table. Food has had an integral connection to the lifestyle, health, and longevity of a community. Quite simply, food is a critical piece of culture. In East Contra Costa County, Dwelley Family Farms has been a major piece of the agricultural context and continues to play a major role in the farm to fork movement in the state.

Dwelley Family Farms - Brentwood Diamond Corn

A Touch of History

Dwelley Family Farms has been growing in the area since 1921 and is celebrating 5 generations of farming! That is nearly 100 years of contribution to the agricultural landscape!  The Dwelley family explains that the area has historically offered the ideal growing conditions: a mix of hot days with cool coaster evening breezes compounded with the rich Delta soils.  The combination is ideal for growing fruits and veggies.

Dwelly Family Farms - Brentwood Agriculture

Dwelley Family Farms – Cherry Orchards Photo by Ron Essex Photography

Dwelley Family Farms has long contributed to both commercial and local farming.  What this means is that their expansive growing capabilities entail growing for commercial purposes and to fill their locally accessible farm stand.  Commercially grown produce is linked to many of the local restaurants, grocers and other local farm stand throughout California and the greater Bay Area.  Locals are lucky to have direct access to Dwelley’s premium fruits and veggies at their farm stand located at 515 Delta Rd, Oakley, CA 94561

The farm is also committed to sustainable farming practices. Sustainable farming practices are intended to protect the environment, improve soil fertility and stresses using resources in a way that will improve human health in the long run.  This has allowed the Dwelley family to produce some of the tastiest, freshest produce in the area for generations, and generations to come.

Brentwood Diamond Corn from Dwelley Family Farms

Brentwood Diamond Corn from Dwelley Family Farm

What To Expect

When you visit Dwelley’s Farm stand, you should expect a recently renovated, but cozy farm stand. Dwelley Farms is locally known for its Brentwood sweet corn and green bean varieties. However, you can also find a full variety of other produce, including, but not limited to stone fruits, cherries, berries, melons, peppers, onions, and local honey.  You can also find pies! Dwelley Farms can be a one-stop fruit stand shop for many local families.

Dwelley Family Farms - Fruits

Dwelley Family Farms has a large selection of fruits and vegetables

Visit Dwelley Family Farms

Dwelley Family Farms is located at 515 Delta Road, in Oakley California. During the season, the fruit stand is open 

  • Monday thru Saturday 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sundays 8 am – 5 pm
Dwelley Family Farm Stand - Oakley Ca

Located at 515 Delta Road, Oakley

There is ample parking on the premises. The fruit stand does accept credit cards and provides shopping baskets for your convenience.  Because of changes in the growing season, it is always recommended you follow up directly with the farm to confirm hours of operation.

To learn more about Dwelley Farms, visit their website, follow them on Facebook, or look them up on the Harvest Time website. You can also call them directly at 925-634-6508

Mel’s Corn Muffin Recipe

Corn Muffic Recipe - Local Backroads

Mel’s Corn Muffin Recipe

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 ears of Brentwood sweet corn from Dwelley Family Farms
  • OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
    • bacon bits
    • jalapenos
    • cheddar cheese

How to Prepare

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in mixing bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in mixing bowl
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Only stir until blended.  Do not over stir
  5. Fold in corn
  6. Fold in optional ingredients
  7. Either line muffin tin with muffin cups or spray muffin tin with non-stick spray
  8. Use a medium-sized scoop to fill each muffin tin 1/2 to 2/3 full of Mel’s muffin batter.
  9. Bake muffins in the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Take out and enjoy!

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