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: July 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Riverside County, California U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

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Riverside County

  • B&R Organic Cherry Orchard (Formerly Wohlgemuth's Cherry Orchard) - ORGANIC cherries
    1106 E. Eleventh Street, Beaumont, CA, 92223. Phone: 951 845-1548 (No calls after 7pm Please). Email us at: cherrykol@msn.com. Usually June, 8 am to 4 pm, closed Mondays. Restrooms, sell strudel. Organic since the 1940's. Click here for Current Picking Conditions (UPDATED: May 23, 2014, from their website)
  • 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: calidragon888@gmail.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. (UPDATED: May 23, 2014, from their website) (ADDED: September 14, 2011)
  • Genesis Farms - Uses natural growing practices, beets, carrots, flowers, herbs/spices, peppers, other vegetables, farm animals
    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)
  • 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 parties
    40376 Brookside Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223. Phone: (951) 845-1210. Fax: (9510 845-1210. Email: mycherryfarm@yahoo.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. We grow 6 grape varieties on site. You can also generally pick other fruits such as Asian pears, bartlett pears, and Italian plums. You may eat all you want in the orchard, access our petting corral, picnic in our picnic area, and have free on site parking all for a nominal per person entrance fee. Season usually starts late August. Check our website or add your name to our mailing list to be notified of opening day. (UPDATED: May 23, 2014, from their website)
  • 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 info)
    39700 Cantrell Rd, Temecula, CA 92591. Phone: 951 225-5552. Email: mike@temeculaberryco.com. 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 23, 2014, from their website)  (UPDATED: May 12, 2012). (ADDED: April 18, 2008)
  • 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: unityfarm@me.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. Before you go, call to check that they are still offering U-pick, their website makes it sound like they are just a CSA now. (UPDATED: May 23, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: May 21, 2010) (ADDED: May 14, 2010)

Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Riverside County

  • 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: hemetfarmersmarket@gmail.com,. 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: unityfarm@me.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:

Riverside County

  • 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: hivetime@verizon.net. 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)

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Riverside County

  • 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)

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Riverside County


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