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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Los Angeles area of California in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Los Angeles County

  • Venice Beach Fallen Fruit - Peaches, Oranges, Plums, Figs, apples, Loquats, Lemons,
    Ocean Ave, Venice Beach, CA . Phone: . Click here for a map and directions.
  • Windy Ridge Cherries - Cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and plums
    9811 Leona Avenue, Leona Valley, CA 93551. Phone: 661-270-9106. Email: [email protected]. Open: Update 4/15/15: The cherry crop looks good and we anticipate opening the weekend of June 6th or June 13th. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions.
    Windy Ridge Cherries Facebook page. . Thank you for visiting our web site and check back for exact opening date. Click here for a map. You are welcome to call to find out about cherries, weather and orchard opening dates. We will look forward to your visit. Click here for a link to our Facebook page High atop a ridge in beautiful Leona Valley is a family-owned immaculate cherry orchard with delicious Bing and Rainier cherries growing on dwarf trees. The trees are trimmed to 7 feet so all the cherries are within easy reach from the ground. For children this is ideal and little ones love picking cherries. We grow a variety of other delicious fruits, apples, peaches, pears, and plums that ripen from July through October. Come enjoy fresh picked fruit, our picnic area, and lovely Leona Valley. Specific dates will be posted on this web site. (UPDATED: April 30, 2018, JBS)
  • Yingst Ranch - UPDATE for 2019: They are permanently closed apricots, peaches, plums, pears, apples, and persimmons
    35349 80th Street East, Littlerock, CA 93543. Phone: . Open: permanently closed. Click here for a map and directions.
  • Youngblood Farms - apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    7624 East Avenue U, Littlerock, CA 93543. Phone: (661) 944-5823. Email: [email protected]. Open: Typical season is from Late July or early August through October; in season, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 1 pm pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 am to 2 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (661) 537-5006. . Merge onto the I-5 toward Sacramento. Merge onto CA-14 N toward Lancaster/Palmdale. Take the Angeles Forest highway exit toward Pearblossom highway Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto Sierra highway Stay straight to go onto Pearblossom highway Turn right onto Pearblossom Hwy/CA-138. Turn left onto 77th Street Take the 2nd left onto East Avenue U. 7624 E. Avenue U is on the left. Please leave a message, as we are working in the farm or helping at the stand. Thank you. Peach season is always dependent on weather. Keep an eye out nearer July for updates! (UPDATED: June 18, 2019)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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