Our eldest has been learning about apples all week at school some weeks back and I thought why not bring her to do apple picking in Oak Glen. We’ve only done strawberry picking in Tanaka Farms before and I think I’m really falling in love with going to various farms. But instead of the planned apple picking in Oak Glen, we ended up going to Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen for Pumpkin Patch and it was a lot of fun picking the crop ourselves.
Oak Glen is over an hour drive from LA or about an hour drive from Palm Springs. I HIGHLY recommend going there on a weekday if possible as it gets really pack. But if you can’t, plan on arriving early.
The way up to Oak Glen is only a little windy so you don’t have to worry about getting dizzy. The picture above is the road before you get up the hill. It’s very pretty as the road is lined with tall trees.
My only compaint about the Riley’s Farm is it is quite unorganized. They give you a map of the place but there are no signs at the farm. It’s also confusing where to pay, where to get the bags, etc. It’s like they make you go back and forth so check out some of my tips below.
Check out the map below. Heritage Homestead area is where we parked. If you want to experience making fresh apple cider you’d have to pay there. If you want to do strawberry picking, you can also get the basket from Heritage Homestead. The wagons for pumpkin picking is also just outside it per photo below.
After pumpkin picking, you can go to the tent near Strawberry Picking where they will weigh the pumpkins. The restrooms are near the tent as well.
Making fresh apple cider is beside the strawberry farm and it’s $30 for the whole experience plus you’d get to make a galloon to bring home. Quite pricey but I think it’s an awesome experience.
To sample different jams, go to the Heritage Homestead as well. The rasberry jalapeno and apple butter is my favorite). They cost $6.50 a jar though and they are not made there.
The apple picking is below Heritage Homestead. You will grab a bag from another tent near the apple trees. When you ask one of the workers where the apple picking is, they’ll tell you it’s all over depending on what kind of apple you want and that is just confusing because in the end they really don’t point out where you should go. The city girl in me who don’t get lose in the concrete jungle got lost in the apple farm. Haha.
|Riley’s Farm Oak Glen Map, screen grab from their website|
|making fresh apple cider|
|readily available apple cider|
|U-pick pumpkin farm|
There were also some flowers like sunflower which you can also pick for a price.
There are also apple tasting just outside Heritage Homestead just beside the BBQ area. The kids loved apples and wanted to stay there forever. We were suppose to do apple picking but I wanted to go to another apple orchard where they sell apple cider DONUTS. Yes, you read it right, apple cider donuts.
But.. once we drove out at 1145AM, the cars were not moving at all. So we couldn’t go up to the other orchards anymore and decided to just head for lunch and try to do it again next year instead. They have a bed and breakfast in one of the farms at Oak Glen. One of the farms also offer “glamping”. If you’re up for it, I’d say stay for the whole weekend if you’re into visiting various farms.
I think you can only go to the various orchards if you go on a weekday, on a weekday forget about it, there are too many people, too many cars. So for our next trip to Oak Glen, I’m going to make sure to visit Snow-Line Orchard first.
What I like about Riley’s Farm, is they are dress Colonial style and you just feel like you’re really in a farm. It’s really quiant.
The place can also get dusty. Bring the right shoes, a hat, sunblock and dress appropriately. Tons of picture opportunity while you’re at Riley’s Farm. Though a little confusing, we had a really good time and I’d do it again. Plan to stay all day if you’re visiting Riley’s Farm Oak Glen for Pumpkin Patch or just to pick other fruit, apple picking or berry picking. My next target is really apple cider donut picking. Haha.
Riley’s Farm is located in 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, California 92399. Is it different from Riley’s Apple Farm. I know.. how confusing, but this is the first orchard you’ll see when going up Oak Glen for apple picking, or in our case pumpkin picking. Have fun!
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