Where in San Bernardino County, California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: September 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 have started. 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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- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
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San Bernardino County
- Greenspot Farms - Apples,
oranges, peaches, other berries,
pumpkins, honey from our hives, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you
choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and boughs,
Mistletoe, Christmas-themed park, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations,
saws provided, trees bagged, trees tied, pumpkin patch-pick in the field,
pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, corn maze,
haunted corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, gift shop, snacks and refreshment
stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, pony
rides, petting zoo
10133 Ward Wy., Mentone, CA 92359. Phone: 909 794-7653. Open: daily, 9 am to 6pm, seasonal; Call for hours and dates for orange and peach picking; Gates are always open for wandering and pic-nicing. Directions: From I-10 in Redlands Take university off ramp go left to Lugonia right to Ward Wy. about 4 miles go right on Ward Wy. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, October, November, December. Open: Monday to Sunday 8 am to 6 pm. Haunted hayride last 2 weekends of October. Evenings only. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website)
Riley's Apple Farm & Log Cabin Farm - U-Pick Apples, Raspberries, U-Press Cider,
Hayrides, Bakery, BBX, Archery/Tomahawks, Living history & Hoedowns
12201 South Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399. Phone: (909) 797-4061. Open: weekends from 10-4 from August through November (fall) and May-June (spring). We are closed on Mondays. See this page for hours and directions. We are a u-pick apple, berry, & pumpkin farm. U-pick is available only when fruit is in season (mid-July for raspberries & blackberries / late July to early August for apples / mid to late September for pumpkins.) End dates for u-pick vary depending on crop size, weather variations, and how many people come & how much they pick! Berries usually last until the first frost of the year, which can happen anywhere from late September to early October. Apple u-pick can end anywhere from early October to late November. It's always a good idea to come apple picking in September to make sure you get to do it! (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website)
Rileys At Los Rios Rancho - Uses natural
growing practices, apples, chestnuts, pears, pumpkins,
raspberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), prepicked
produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area,
petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399. Phone: 909-797-1005. Fax: 909-797-2207. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From the I-10 Freeway Exit Yucaipa Blvd and go north Make a Left onto Oak Glen Road Follow Oak Glen Road to Los Rios Rancho. Click here for a map and directions. Open: 7 Days a Week, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Raspberries: Late July through 1st frost Apples: August - November; Chestnuts: November - December Pears: August - September; Berries - Available from mid-August until the end of September. Pumpkins - Available from the end of September through the end of October. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Supper Shows and Hoedowns Apple Butter Hoedown Currier and Ives Christmas Dinner and Dance Chuckwagon Supper Shows. Picking: Apples mid-August until they are picked out (call!); Berries - Available from mid-August until the end of September and Pumpkins - Available from the end of September through the end of October; U-Press Cider 12-4, (7 days a week). And, on weekends only: Horse-drawn Hayrides from 11-4, Little Seedling Ranch from 11 -4, Large cider press in operation from 11 - 2 and Packing House Tours at 1:00 pm. They have an annual Thanksgiving weekend Apple Butter Festival celebrates this fine old tradition, and we invite families to come up and share in it. Weâ€™ll have a hands-on demonstration of apple butter making the old-time (and slow!) way - outdoors in a big copper kettle; plus many more activities. There are restrooms, picnic, hiking, take credit cards, offer tours to groups, cider pressing, hay rides, petting zoo, and a great barbeque and gift shop. Also offer up public dinners with a live band that plays bluegrass. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website) (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 05, 2009)
Comments from a visitor on October 05, 2009: "I love this place. I am addicted to it. I have to go back every fall." (UPDATED: May 28, 2008)
Riley's Farm - Apples, corn (sweet), olallieberries, cherries,
pears, peaches, pumpkins, strawberries, cucumbers, flowers, raspberries,
zucchini, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, and prepicked produce,
tractor-pulled hay rides
12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399. Phone: 909-797-7534. Fax: 909-790-2552. Email us at: email@example.com. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 PM Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Living History, Revolutionary War and Civil War field trips, Banquets, Dances, General Store. The cherries are at a different location/entrance; see this page. (UPDATED: August 09, 2009, from their website)
- Roaring "L" Ranch -
Uses natural growing practices, apples, peaches,
cherries, pears, restrooms, picnic area
11124 Monte Vista Road, Phelan, CA 92371. Phone: 760 868-6826. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Please call to make arrangements, Closed Saturday morning; We CAN be open from dawn to dusk just let us know when you want to come. Directions: One block west of Johnson Road between Goss and Rancho. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Cherries are usually ready by the first week in June; Asian Pears are usually available in September. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, JBS) (UPDATED: May 03, 2011) (ADDED: August 29, 2008)
Snow-Line Orchards - Uses natural
growing practices, blackberries, raspberries (Autumn, yellow),
Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, school
tours, events at your location (call for info)
39400 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399. Phone: 909 797-3415. Fax: 909 797-3485. Email: Scott: email@example.com. Open: 9:00 to 5:00 seven days a week mid - August to December; August for great raspberry picking, open again for apples on September 1st; Apple season is September-November. Directions: From Palm Springs area, West on I-10. Exit Beaumont Avenue, go North about 9 miles. From LA area, East on I-10, exit Oak Glen Road, turn left on Oak Glen Road. Go about 5 miles. From Riverside & Orange County 91 Freeway to 60 Freeway, exit Beaumont Ave. Go North about 9 miles. Snow Line is about one mile East of Oak Glen Village. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Usually new berries ripen by Thursday and Friday. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: August 11, 2009)
Comments from a visitor on August 14, 2010: "LOVE it so awesome! Nice quaint farm they have a nice antique shop in back as well as the best Cider Doughnuts "
- Soffel Farms - Blueberries, restrooms, gift
1545 E. San Bernardino Ave, Redlands, CA 92373. Phone: 909-809-7537. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: U-Pick blueberries soon, just check our facebook page and we will let everyone know the dates; daily, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: We are located on the corner of San Bernardino Ave and Dearborn. Payment: Cash, only. Our main specialty is in honey bees, including pollination, honey production, beeswax and pollen. The main product we produce is RAW local honey. At our farm you can find farm fresh eggs and many different seasonal fruit and vegetables such as avocados, oranges, blueberries, squash, pumpkins, and many others. We try to produce quality products to make all of our customers Soffel Farm customers for life. Click here for our facebook page. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website) (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 11, 2012)
- Star Ranch Winery - Grapes, Pistachios, and
prepicked produce, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo
35355 Highway 18, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356. Phone: 760-248-2228. Email us at: email@example.com. Open: Call for information. I haven't had an update from them in years (neither has any other website, they've just copied my information from here). Directions: From Interstate 15, exit Bear Valley Road (Victorville) follow until road runs out then turn right (Highway 18) follow approximately 15 miles until the Big Bear turnoff (there will be a 76 Gas Station) go right on the turnoff (Still is hwy 18). Star Ranch is located exactly 5 miles ahead on the right. Look for a long chain link fence with a stone and iron entryway. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Payment: Cash, only. We will begin to harvest pistachios on November 1st. Growers of Pistachios and Grapes. Feeders of pet geese, ducks, chickens, dogs and cats. Restaurant coming soon.(UPDATED: May 24, 2014, JBS)
Stetson Creek Ranch - apples,
31 Hill Ranch Road, Angelus Oaks, CA 92870. Phone: 909 389 9410. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: We usually open for the season
mid- September; check our website then. Directions: none. Click here for a map and directions. none. Payment: Cash, only. We hope to see you this Fall.(UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: September 01, 2011) (ADDED: August 31, 2009)
- Willowbrook Apple Farm - Pick your own Stayman Winesap Apples.
Press your own cider.
12099 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA, 92399. Phone: 909-797-9484. Email: Willowbrookapple@aol.com. Open: Weekends October to November 12 10 am until dusk. Call for weekday morning picking. Sample apple butter. Enjoy a fresh dipped caramel apple. Browse fall home accents. Pet horse and chickens. Directions: Exit 10 Freeway at Live Oak/Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa. Head north on Oak Glen Road for 12 miles.
Wohlgemuth's Organic Cherry Orchard -
1106 E. Eleventh Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. Phone: 951 845-1548 (No calls after 7pm Please). Email: email@example.com. Open: CHERRY PICKING SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014 & SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014 BETWEEN 9AM AND 4PM, $5 ENTRY FEE PER PERSON, ALL YOU CAN EAT WHILE YOU ARE HERE; UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER AND HIGH DEMAND WE WONT BE SELLING CHERRIES BY THE POUND OR ALLOWING ANYONE TO TAKE CHERRIES HOME THIS YEAR. The cherry-picking season starts as early as the last week of April or as late as the last week of June. The season usually ends by the end of June. In 2005 they were finished as of July 2, 2005. BUT always check their website to find out what the picking conditions are! For a map or directions, click here! There are restrooms and a few benches under a tree. Varieties of cherries: Sweet Tartarian, Bing, Royal Ann, Windsor, Hardy Giant and Lambert. (UPDATED: May 24, 2014, from their website)
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
unless they are also listed above)
San Bernardino County
- Diamond I Ranch - Fresh local eggs, Fresh
14715 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills, CA 91709. Phone: 909-268-9876. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 8:00am to 7:00pm; but call for appointment. Directions: Chino Hills on Peyton Dr between Euclyptus and Morning field. Payment: Cash, only. Free Range Organic Eggs Blue, Green Brown and White gathered daily from happy chickens. Call for an appointment to pick up your beautiful eggs. (ADDED: July 27, 2009)
Moonstruck Farms CSA - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown
fruits and vegetables, Fresh local eggs,
5137 Cygnet Road, Phelan, CA 92371. Phone: 760-868-4858. Alternate Phone: 760-792-8865. Fax: 760-868-4858. Email: email@example.com. Open: for visits anytime with an appointment; Availability is posted via e - mail each Friday and order cut - off is Tuesday with delivery on Thursday between 3 and 3:30 at Blessed Junipero Catholic Church at 8820 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan. Directions: South on Johnson Road from Johnson and Phelan Road. We are approximately 1 1/2 from Nielson Road all on dirt road. Turn left on Cygnet Road. We are the 6th property on right; sign on the fence. 5137 Cygnet Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We collaborate with other local farms to provide a variety of locally grown produce, fruit and meats and other nonfood items produced in the Tri City area. We are a new age online CSA with direct ordering online with weekly delivery at an appointed location. Please e-mail or call for more information. (ADDED: April 06, 2010)
Snow-Line Orchards -
Uses natural growing practices,
Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, blackberries, chestnuts,
raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), tomatoes, Cider
mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and
refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, school
tours, events at your location (call for info)
39400 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399. Phone: 909 797-3415. Fax: 909 797-3485. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Open: 9:00 to 5:00 seven days a week mid - August to December. Directions: Palm Springs area, West on I-10. Exit Beaumont Avenue, go North about 9 miles. From LA area, East on I-10, exit Oak Glen Road, turn left on Oak Glen Road. Go about 5 miles. From Riverside & Orange County 91 Freeway to 60 Freeway, exit Beaumont Ave. Go North about 9 miles. Snow Line is about one mile East of Oak Glen Village. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Antique shop. Apple cider mini donuts. (UPDATED: August 11, 2009)
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Resources For Farmers
[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
[ All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]