Strawberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Watermelon
Pears
Apples
Pumpkins

U-Pick

Crop: Status:
Apples Fair crop available now!
Pears Unavailable.  Picking has concluded for 2014.
Pumpkins Light crop available now!
Raspberries Unavailable.  Picking has concluded for 2014.
Blackberries Unavailable.  Picking has concluded for 2014.
Strawberries Very light crop replenishes weekly.

Apples at Riley's Farm

We’re now offering u-pick apples, pumpkins, beautiful flowers (zinnias & marigolds), tomatoes, and even a few sweet Albion strawberries for u-pick Monday through Saturday!  We also have Baby Bear pumpkins, gourds, decorative corn stalk bundles, and bundles of Indian corn in the General Store.

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:
Now picking! Late August – Late October Fair crop of Granny Smiths available now!!

U-pick is currently available Monday –  Saturday and we’re closed on Sundays. 

What’s ripe right now?

This week we are picking Granny Smith apples.  This will most likely be the final week for apple picking in 2014.

What is the cost for u-pick apples?

 We have two picking container sizes available:  

  • $10 Small Bag (8.5″H x 5.5″W x 3.12″D – holds approximately 3.5 pounds of apples)
  • $18 Medium Bag (10″H x 8″W x 4.5″D – holds approximately 9 pounds of apples)

In addition to your container purchase, we charge $1 for each person (age 3 and above) who enters the apple orchards.

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 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 apples 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:
Unavailable September – October Picking has concluded for 2014.

What is the cost for u-pick pears?

We have three picking container sizes available:

  • Small Bag for $7
  • Medium Bag for $16
  • Half Bushel Box for $27

Pears in Oak Glen are almost as old as Apples in Oak Glen. Most of our trees date back to the original Wilshire 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.)

NOTE:  Most of our trees are Bartlett pears, which are incredibly juicy and tasty. 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 one 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:
In Season Late September – Early November  Light crop available now! Pumpkins are $.45/lb. w/ $2.50 minimum purchase.

 

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:
Unavailable Mid July – Early October (weather permitting) Raspberry picking has concluded for 2014.

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:
Concluded for 2014 Late June – Mid July Picking has concluded for 2014.

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) Light crop available, with more replenishing weekly.

We have four picking containers available for you to select:

  • Half Pint for $3
  • Pint for $5
  • Quart for $9
  • Gallon for $32

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

We have grown a good crop of watermelon again this year, and are offering them for sale in our Barn store!