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Apple U-Pick Orchards in SW OR: Lane, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas Counties 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!

Douglas County

  • Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards - apples, beans, beets, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs or spices, nectarines, pears, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg,
    386 Cleveland Rapids Road, Roseburg, OR 97470. Phone: 541-672-2745. Open: Summer Hours (mid July thru Sept): Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6pm. Directions: From Roseburg, Interstate 5, Garden Valley Exit, #125. Go west on Garden Valley Road about 5.3 miles from freeway, staying in right hand lane, to the rural fire station. Garden Valley Road makes a left around the fire station. Continue another 2.5 miles to Cleveland Rapids Road. Turn left. Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards is the first house on . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards Facebook page. . Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm. Fall Hours (October) Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Sundays. the left on Cleveland Rapids Road. Look for signs. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Norm picks our cantaloupes and watermelons. We also grow black-eye peas, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Dried Hazelnuts are available in October. Call for details on these crops.

Lane County

  • Tinker Road Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, figs, herbs or spices, pears, pumpkins, winter squash,
    36429 Tinker Road, Pleasant Hill, OR 97455. Phone: 541 744-6960. Email: [email protected]. Open: by appointment. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, November. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Please don't come unless you've spoken to us. We live across Enterprise, not in one of the three little houses on the farm (no need to bother the tenants!) Sometimes things get a bit overgrown, just nature at work. We now have lambs and beautiful handspinning/felting wool for sale.

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.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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