Where in Riverside County, California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: March 2014: Spring is just around the corner. Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
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Cali-Dragon Farm and Orchard -
Certified Organic, pumpkins, other vegetables, U-pick and already
picked, school tours
2308 Washington Street, Riverside, CA 92506. Phone: 626-688-4306. Alternate Phone: 626-589-7337. Email: email@example.com. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 14, 2011)
- Genesis Farms -
Uses natural growing practices,
beets, carrots, flowers, herbs/spices, peppers, other vegetables, farm
49575 Dove Drive, Aguanga, CA 92536. Phone: 562-912-2748. Email: GenisisFarm@mail.com. Open: You May come anytime, please call first, or Email me for a desired time. Directions: When you are ready to come email me and I will send you a map. Do not trust internet mapping services or GPS as roads they think are here are not. Click here for a map and directions. I grow selected vegetables, melons, and herbs year round. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. I have 4 very large shade houses and 7 greenhouses which are available for rent if you want to grow your own produce. I will provide water and advise and maintain your crops for you. (ADDED: July 09, 2010)
Mi Ranchitos Cherries - cherries, farm market, concessions /
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
10923 Cherry Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223. Phone: 909-206-9125. Alternate Phone: 310-995-3911. Open: We are open in June; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Directions: Our Cherry farm is located in Cherry Valley, California. Click here for a map and directions. We invite you to come and visit our orchard as you pick some of our delicious sweet cherries! We have a number of varieties available such as Bing, Lapin, Giant Utah, Black Tartarian and Rainer; Our family looks forward to your visit! Happy cherry picking!. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: March 29, 2013)
Temecula Berry Co - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm,
Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, concessions / refreshment stand,
porta-potties, farm animals, school tours, events at your location (call for
39700 Cantrell Rd, Temecula, CA 92591. Phone: 951 225-5552. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: May 11th/first week in July. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From I-15- head east on Rancho California Road Turn left at Butterfield Stage Road Turn left on La Serena. Turn right on Walcott. After one mile, Walcott turns into Cantrell Road Continue straight and follow the signs to the Farm. Click here for a map and directions. Friday Night Movies at the farm; Every Friday night in June at 8pm Blueberry Bread on Monday mornings at 10:30 Nana's Storytime every Tuesday Morning at 9:00 and 10:30. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: May 12, 2012). (ADDED: April 18, 2008)
Providence Farm -
Uses natural growing practices,
cherries, grapes, pears, peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, and
prepicked produce, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday
40376 Brookside Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223. Phone: (951) 845-1210. Fax: (9510 845-1210. Email: email@example.com. Directions: From Los Angeles, take either the 60 Freeway East or the 10 Freeway East. Exit off the 10 Freeway on Beaumont Avenue. Turn left and head north on Beaumont. Turn right on Brookside Avenue. From Palm Springs, take the 10 Freeway West and exit onto Highland Springs Blvd. Turn right and travel north on Highland Springs Blvd. until you reach the country club. Turn left onto Brookside Avenue. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5 pm. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. We are a small, family owned farm. We sustainably grow wall of our crops and never use any chemicals. Weeds are controlled with our sheep and pests with natural predation. We also harvest and sell Asian pears, Shiro plums, Meyer Lemons, English walnuts, Fuji apples, apricots, a variety of fresh and dry herbs, farm fresh eggs, honey, and smoking chips in our country stand. An admission fee applies during the cherry season. Hold your next private outdoor function at our farm. Below are examples of some of the events Providence Farm hosts. Parties - When you celebrate a birthday at Providence farm, you and your guests will enjoy a country ambience complete with hay rides for you and your guests and interaction with farm animals. Your reservation ($100 minimum) will provide you with use of two picnic tables for up to 15 guests for two hours. Additional guests $6 each. Extra options available include a clown, treat bags, fruit picking experience, and more. Please call or email to inquire. Special Events - Providence Farm provides you and your guests with a fun, relaxed country atmosphere. Providence Farm has hosted weddings, anniversary parties, and community barbecues, all customized. Let us know how we can help make your next event a memorable one.
Temecula Berry Company - blueberries, Honey from hives on the
farm, U-pick and already picked, concessions / refreshment stand,
39700 Cantrell Rd, Temecula , CA 92591. Phone: 951 225-5552. Open: 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm; and on Friday Nights during June 2011, the farm will be open 8am to 8pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 01, 2011)
- U-Pick Farm - citrus: grapefruit, pink and
white, lemons, tangelos and oranges
45-751 Aladdin Street, Indio, CA. Phone: 760-347-2494. Open: February through May, on Sunday and Monday only, 9am to 3pm. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: February 22, 2011)
Comments from a visitor on February 22, 2011: "This is a family run farm where you can go into the orchards and pick your own grapefruit, pink and white, lemons, tangeloes and oranges. Nothing fancy, just the best tasting citrus ever at reasonable prices. Sold by the pound. I paid 20 cents a pound for the sweetest pink grapefriuts ever. Bring your own containers. They supply long picking poles. A little hard to find but well worth it. "
Unity farm -
Certified Organic, beans, beets,
broad beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, herbs/spices, melons,
onions, peas, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables,
4800 Crestmore Road, Rubidoux, CA 92509. Phone: 213-268-0455. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 7 days a week 9 am to 5; please call ahead for appointment. Directions: Corner of Crestmore and Loring Ranch Road. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: May 14, 2010) (UPDATED: May 21, 2010)
Wohlgemuth's Cherry Orchard -
1106 E. Eleventh Street, Beaumont, CA, 92223. Phone: 951 845-1548 (No calls after 7pm Please). Email us at: email@example.com. Usually June, 8 am to 4 pm, closed Mondays. Restrooms, sell strudel. Organic since the 1940's. Click here for Current Picking Conditions <
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
unless they are also listed above)
Hemet Farmers Market - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown
fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown,
Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams,
jellies, picnic area, face painting
300 E. Latham Street, Hemet, CA 92543. Phone: 951 368-8850. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,. Open: Saturday from 8am to 2pm; summer months. Directions: On Harvard Street off Florida in downtown historic district. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards. (ADDED: July 21, 2010)
Unity farm -
Certified Organic, Wide variety of
seasonal fruits and vegetables, all produce is certified organically grown,
all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated
pest management), Covered outdoor market, restrooms, picnic area, petting
zoo, farm animals, school tours
4800 Crestmore Road, Rubidoux, CA 92509. Phone: 213-268-0455. Email: email@example.com. Open: 7 days a week 9 am to 5; please call ahead for appointment. Directions: Corner of Crestmore and Loring Ranch Road. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. . (ADDED: May 14, 2010)
Local Honey Sources:
- Doughty Apiaries - Honey (retail), Honey
(wholesale), Orange blossom honey, Wildflower honey, Comb honey, Strained
honey, Pollen, Honey from hives on the farm
34385 Cooperman Circle, Temecula, CA 92592. Phone: 951-694-5319. Alternate Phone: 951-240-0099. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Please, always call first; We have no employees; Monday to Sunday, from 9:30 am to 7 pm If we are home, we are open; Also by appointment. Directions: From the I 15 exit Rancho California Road. Go east 5.4 miles to Calle Contento. Turn Right (south) for 1.4 miles to Cooperman Circle (a dirt road). Turn Left (east) to first house and first gate entrance. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We always have sample tasting available. Cash or checks from local addresses only. Cash always makes friends! We produce all of our own products. We do not purchase from other beekeepers and repackage the products. The bee pollen comes from our hives and is available seasonally. We collect it from mid spring until the end of August. First come, first serve until it is gone. We keep it frozen to keep it fresh. Taste samples available. Doughty Apiaries (since 1974)Family owned, operated. Front porch farm stand. Throughout the year we have Orange (Citrus) Sage, Buckwheat and Wildflower honey. Sold in squeeze bottles 12 oz., 1.5 pound, 2 pounds, 3 pounds and 5 pounds. Call for bulk prices and availability. Most of this honey is produced within 5 miles of our home operation. Bee pollen is produced here in Temecula at the home site. We also have bees wax by the pound. Small farm and orchard pollination available. We do not ship. (ADDED: September 03, 2010) (UPDATED: October 22, 2010)
Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Horse Rides and More:
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:
123 Farm - Organic,
Lighting, Heating, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Wedding Rehearsal
Dinner, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Business
outings, Corporate events, PR or Marketing events, Conferences, Filming or
photo shoots, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational groups,
Other Private Parties, Catering available, Restaurant onsite, Tables and
chairs are Provided, Linens and table silverware are provided, BYO alcohol,
Bed & Breakfast onsite, Hotel nearby, dairy cows, sheep, pigs, Beautiful
rural setting, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Fishing nearby, golf nearby,
swimming pool nearby, CD Player, Computer, Computer Projector, Copy Machine,
Fax, Internet (Wireless), Microphone, Phone available, Podium, Slide
Projector, Sound System, TV available, DVD Player, Projection Screen
provided, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate
road, Bride and groom dressing areas available, children welcome, No pets
please, No smoking allowed, Vegetarian meals available, handicap accessible,
meeting room available, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms,
picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223. Phone: 951-845-1151. Open: Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm. Directions: Exit the I-10, Highland Springs Avenue, drive about 7 Minutes North until the Road ends in a 90-Degree left turn. You are now in Cherry Valley Avenue West. Make a right turn into Overland trail and Enter into the Highland Springs Resort after a few hundred feet. You have arrived!. Click here for a map and directions. Lavender Harvest and Distillation in June Pumpkin Festival in September Olive Harvest in October. We are certified organic for some crops. Payment: Cash, only. Fine Dining Restaurant. Large Lavender Fields blooming in May, June & July... (ADDED: April 07, 2010)
Cali-Dragon Farm and Orchard -
Certified Organic, all produce is
certified organically grown, pumpkins, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and
already picked, school tours
2308 Washington Street, Riverside, CA 92506. Phone: 626-688-4306. Alternate Phone: 626-589-7337. Email: email@example.com. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. sugarcane, water melon, dragon fruit (white flesh variety). (ADDED: September 14, 2011)
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