Strawberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Watermelon
Pears
Apples
Pumpkins

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Crop: Status:
Apples Available soon! Picking begins Saturday August 2, 2014
Pears Out of season. Check back in mid-August.
Pumpkins Out of season. Check back in September.
Raspberries Strong crop – now picking Tuesday through Saturday!
Blackberries Strong crop – now picking Tuesday through Saturday!
Strawberries Strong crop – now picking Tuesday through Saturday!

Apples at Riley's Farm

Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen. We also support the largest assortment of apples, with almost 100 varieties. We have trees that are over a hundred years old, planted by the original Oak Glen family, and we have trees less than a year old. Every year we attempt to plant several hundred new trees and restore old orchards that have been forgotten or lost.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been forgotten about during modern times. Contemporary grocery store culture has bred the flavor and life out of apples in order to get large, pretty apples that last on the shelves for months or years. While we have some modern varieties, our favorites are the ones we grow for their wonderful flavor and uses. Some of those apples may even be a bit ugly, but boy do they taste good!

 

Apples

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Not available Late August – Early November  Picking of Gravenstein apples begins on Saturday August 2nd, 2014!

 


Apples at Riley's Farm
Oak Glen is famous for it’s apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen. We also support the largest assortment of apples, with almost 100 varieties. We have tree’s that are over a hundred years old, planted by the original Oak Glen family, and we have tree’s less than a year old. Every year we attempt to plant several hundred new trees and restore old orchards that have been forgotten or destroyed.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been forgotten until now. Modern grocery store culture has breed the flavor and life out of apples in order to get pretty apples that last on the shelves for years. While we have some modern varieties, our favorites are the ones we grow for their wonderful flavor and uses. Some of those apples may be a bit ugly, but boy do they taste good!

Pears

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Not available September – October 20 Picked out as of 10/05/13

Pears in Oak Glen are almost as old as Apples in Oak Glen. Most of our trees date back to the original Wiltshire family who planted them in the 1880′s. After so many years the trees are still producing so many pears we can’t sell them all U-Pick, so often times we sell them in bulk for jamming in canning (if we don’t use them all ourselves.)

Most of our trees are Bartlett pears, which are incredibly juicy and tastey. They are best when you pick them straight off the tree, just before ripe, then store them in brown paper bags on your counter for a few days at room temperature. This is on of the few fruits that ripens best off the tree, rather than on it. So come on up and pick a peck of pears.

Pumpkins

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Out of season Late September – Early November

 

Whatever type of pumpkin you’re looking for, we’ve got it. We love to try out new varieties every year, and make sure to keep all of our favorites around.

Our fields are several acres large, and you can hike out and pick out whatever pumpkins are perfect for you. This is another crop that has just exploded up here in Oak Glen. Just make sure you bring a few strong backs for hauling those pumpkins down the hills! If you don’t have any strong backs available, we try to keep the store stocked with a large variety too. And if your pumpkin is too big for any size back, we’ve got a tractor to load it up onto a truck for you.

 

Raspberries

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Now picking! Mid July - Early October (weather permitting)  Strong crop available now.  U-pick is available Tuesday through Saturday.

Picked RaspberriesTwo full acres of raspberries! We’ve been growing raspberries for several years now, with lots of success. Raspberries have done so well with all of our devoted pickers, we quadrupled our crop size in 2007 and now those bushes are so productive we have to use the extra harvest in the kitchen for shakes and pies! Like our blackberries, all of our raspberries are pesticide and herbicide free. Come up and try ours, and you might not want to get a raspberry from anywhere else!

 

Blackberries

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Now Available Late June – Mid July  Strong crop available now.  Picking is available Tuesday through Saturday.

This is one of our first U-Pick crops of the summer season, starting at the end of June or beginning of July. It’s also one of our fastest picked, usually lasting only about three weeks. We added a few more rows of berry bushes in 2012 in the hopes of extending the harvest to more pickers.

Our blackberries are on line vines without too many thorns, which makes them very picker-friendly. One of the varieties we have are completely thornless! When at their ripest, our berries are full of sweetness and juice, likely to cover pickers with purple juice! We don’t use any pesticides or chemicals on our berries, so they are all natural, and wonderfully yummy!

 

Strawberries

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Now picking! Spring- Mid Autumn (weather permitting) Strong crop available now.  Picking is available Tuesday through Saturday.

Our new Oak Glen favorite: Strawberries! We started planting in 2008, and the popularity of our berry patch has just taken off! It’s now our earliest and longest running crop. Berry bushes in Oak Glen begin producing early in spring and keep bearing until the first pre-winter frost. They just might give apples a run for their money. 

We grow mainly Albion Strawberries (Fragaria ×. ananassa). They’re not one of the larger varieties, but they are very tasty. Pick a slightly tarter berry early in spring, or wait until summer when their sweetness really sets in. By August, we make shakes out of ‘em for our kids at Day Camp. They love ‘em, and needless to say, we think they’re something worth talking about!

Our berries are doing so well, we just put in another 3,000 plants in 2012, so come on up and try some out! People from as far away as Orange and Los Angeles counties already do!

 

Watermelon