2023 San Diego and Imperial Counties in California Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California in 2023, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
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San Diego County
Julian Farm and Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, other vegetables, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area you may bring your own food, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info) 4381 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070. Phone: (760) 765-5494. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm through May 1st. Directions: 4381 Highway 78 Santa Ysabel, ca 92070. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, ApplePay, AndroidPay. Julian Farm and Orchard Facebook page. . . . Strawberries are June bearing and so we begin opening weekends in June, then raspberries and blackberries begin by July, pumpkin patch opens late September. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Apple Season varies each year, based on the weather. Generally it can run anywhere from Aug/Sept. all the way through October. It is best to check back during this exciting time of year in Julian. Julian Farm and Orchard is a 25 acre sustainable U-Pick Farm. Flowers, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Petting Zoo, Axe Throwing and more. Available for private groups. (UPDATED: March 29, 2022)
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.
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
Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions
Apple pie recipe and directions and
illustrated! I can say, with, ahem, no bias at all, that this is the
best apple pie recipe in the world! (Alright, I did have an apple strudel in
Vienna once at that place listed in Fodors that was REALLY good, but that
wasn't a pie, was it? And since this was the recipe my grandmother used, it
must be great!)