Fall is the perfect season to cook crumbles, pies and kilos of applesauce. For this, you can indulge in "apple picking", a must-see attraction for locals. Here are some addresses to glean some autumn fruits during the harvest season and offer you a nice family walk.
Willowbrook Apple Farm
In this farm, in the heart of the San Bernardino mountains, purists can eat apples directly from the tree, while others choose to squeeze them into cider or to dive into caramel. The picking in this picturesque farm, whose orchards were planted in 1910, takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Apple Farm Willowbrook, 12099 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa.
Los Rios Rancho
Los Rios Rancho, a century-old farm located east of Los Angeles as well, has a dozen varieties of apples, such as Granny Smith, Gala and Spartan. To be able to pick them, it will be necessary to go there Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm; Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm In addition to "apple picking", visitors can ride a horse drawn carriage or tractor in the property, make their own cider, visit the Little Seedling Ranch, a miniature farm or eat at Country Kitchen. Los Ranchos Rios, 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa.
Riley's Apple Farm
Farm Riley's Apple Farm will transport you to the past. You can participate in activities such as archery, cider pressing and knife throwing. Apple picking remains the main attraction: currently, varieties available are Gravenstein, McIntosh, Spartan, Glen Seedling and Red Delicious. To enjoy it, go on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Riley's Farm, 12261 Glen Oak Rd, Yucaipa.
Riley's Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard
The orchard of this Oak Glen farm is 130 years old. In addition to apples (at $ 3.50 / lb.), You can also pick pumpkins and flowers on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Before filling your crates, a guided tour will allow you to learn more about the history of this farm and the secrets of harvesting. Pressing cider, handicrafts for children, discovery of precious stones are all activities offered on site. Riley's Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard, S., 12131 Glen Oak Rd, Oak Glen.
You'll be spoiled for choice at Riley's Farm, with all 30 kinds of apples. This farm is specialized in old varieties, not found in the trade. The pick-up takes place from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (at this time you can also pick pears). Every day, conferences are held in the orchard, dealing with the colonial era, Sleepy Hollow or the Gold Rush. Riley's Farm, 12261 Glen Oak Rd, Yucaipa.
SLC Creek Farm
The atmosphere will be quieter at SLC Creek Farm. But it will also take longer to drive, as the farm is a 4-hour drive north of Downtown LA. Families can pick organic apples every day from 11 am to 5 pm at the 24-hectare site. You can also participate in a tasting of ciders in this bucolic setting. SLC Creek Farm, 6455 Monte Rd., San Luis Obispo.
Other places sell apples in the area (but without offering picking): Snow Line which also offers walking tours in the orchards, Oak Tree Village, known for its Annies apple pies or Parrish Pioneer Ranch who has a small zoo.