Last week we welcomed the Fall season with a family first…APPLE PICKING, in Oak Glen, CA. Have you ever been to an apple orchard? This is something I’ve been wanting to do for years with my boys BUT never had a chance till now. It was nice to get out of the city for a day.
Apple season is usually September – November, depending on the weather but the season can be longer or shorter. So definitely check the individual farm’s website or social media page before heading up there!
Oak Glen is about 90 minutes away from Los Angeles – East on the 10 fwy. It’s a small community located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The area is beautiful and felt like Fall regardless of the heat (yeah it was a hot day – thank goodness for the shade and nice breeze). There are several farms that have apple picking. For this trip, we visited Stone Soup Farm.
Admission is $5 (5+ years), weekends 10-4pm.
Price includes activities like tomahawk + archery practice and the interactive children’s garden.
Pay For What You Pick: $3.50/lb.
FYI expect a line getting in. It did feel busy when we arrived around 12pm but once we got inside the orchard, everyone was spaced out. There are plenty of trees …we never once picked apples near anyone. Its the perfect social distance activity.
My boys and I had a wonderful experience. Whenever we had questions, the staff were friendly and super informative. All wearing masks, btw. Yesss…masks are required.
You’re only able to pick apples on trees with a ribbon tied around and the color represents the type of Apple. Our mission was to find the perfect Red Delicious (the kids’ favorite) and Glen Seedling (green) for baking!
We did go a little crazy and picked about 6lbs of apples!! Stayed tuned for apple recipes. LOL
We took a break from picking to pan for gemstones, which was $5 for a small bag and it was filled with beautiful treasures. There were craft activities too, like doll & candle making…for an additional fee as well.
You can definitely spend an entire day at this farm. If you’re hungry, there’s a food stand serving delicious burgers, salads and cold drinks like Blackberry Cider and Cider Floats!
Before we ended home, we made a quick stop up the road to visit Snowline Orchards & Winery for their Mini Cider Donuts…and they were heavenly.
There’s so much more to see and do up in Oak Glen…we’re looking forward to this new Fall tradition.
For more info, check out www.oakglen.net.
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