Strawberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Watermelon
Pears
Apples
Pumpkins

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Crop: Status: Price:
Apples Concluded for 2016 Season TBA 2017
Pears
Pumpkins
Raspberries
Blackberries
Strawberries

Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen.We also support a large assortment of apples, with over 30 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  plant new trees to restore old orchards that have been forgotten or damaged.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been all but forgotten until recently. Modern grocery store culture has bred the flavor and life out of many varieties in order to get pretty apples that last on the shelves. 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 or weather marked, but boy, do they taste good!

We also grow pears, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, Ollalieberries, pumpkins and a small crop of peaches. Check back frequently as the weather warms up for more information. See you at harvest time!

 

 

Apples

 

 

 

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Available starting Saturday 9/3 Late August – October Excellent crop | $3.25 / lb

On Saturday 10/22/16 we’ll feature a strong crop of Granny Smith and Pink Lady.

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Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen. We also support a large assortment of apples, with over 30 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  plant new trees to restore old orchards that have been forgotten or damaged.

We specialize in “heirloom” apples, which are apples that have been all but forgotten until recently. Modern grocery store culture has bred the flavor and life out of many varieties in order to get pretty apples that last on the shelves. 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 or weather marked, but boy do they taste good!

Pears

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Concluded for 2016 September – October  $3 / lb

Retail-Seasonal(70of110)

All of our pears are Bartlett (also known as Williams) variety, which was originally derived from the European Pear. Bartletts are one of the firmer pears, which means not only do they taste great by themselves, but are one of the best pears to cook with.

Bartletts are also considered a “summer pear”, as they’re a bit less cold tolerant than the d’Anjou, Comice or Bosc varieties, all “winter pears”.  But that’s good news for you, because it means that our Bartletts ripen quicker. See, pears aren’t like apples, which are best when freshly picked. Pears ripen off the tree, not on it.

Once our pears turn from green to yellow, they’re mature and ready to pick. In order to ripen them, however, we recommend placing them in a paper bag on a cool spot (65-75 F) on your counter for a few days, checking them once a day. When you can hold a pear in your palm with your thumb just below where the stem meets the skin, and the pear feels a bit tender under even pressure, it’s time to enjoy it!

Pumpkins

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Picking begins 10/1/16 Late September – Early November Picking begins Saturday 10/1/16!

 

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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:
Out of season Mid July – Early October (weather permitting) Check back in Spring 2017!

We have four picking containers available for you to select:Raspberries half pint w poplars

  • Half Pint: $5
  • Pint: $7
  • Quart: $11
  • Gallon: $37

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:
Not in season Late June – Mid July Check back in June 2016 for crop information.

We have four picking containers available for you to select:IMG_2281

  • Half Pint: $5
  • Pint: $7
  • Quart: $11
  • Gallon: $37

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 (olallieberries) are completely thornless! When at their ripest, our berries are full of sweetness and juice, likely to turn your fingers purple! 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:
In season now Early Spring to late Autumn (weather permitting) U-pick available Monday through Saturday

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We have four picking containers available for you to select:

  • Half Pint:  $4
  • Pint:  $6
  • Quart:  $10
  • Gallon:  $35  (gallon baskets will be available later in the season depending on crop size)

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 well, so come on up and try some out. People from as far away as Orange and Los Angeles counties already do!

 

Watermelon

Crop Status: Typical Season: Comments:
Unavailable Mid August – Early October Watermelon crop was lost to bears this year. Sorry!

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