I think it’s safe to say that those of us living in an urban/city type of environment, Southern California included, don’t have many opportunities to experience a very rustic, farm-like life on a regular basis. So when we get the chance to visit a working farm, even if we have to drive 1.5 hours to get there, and give our kids an experience out in the “country” , we take it. Last weekend, along with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop, we visited an apple farm and had a real farm experience, complete with animals, honey bees, and apple picking.
Oak Glen is one of the best and most well known places to visit if one would like to pick apples. You have a few choices of farms to visit, but we enjoy Willowbrook Farm the most. Located right next door to the larger Riley’s Farm, Willowbrook is much smaller but also has a more family-run, down home feel.
Wear walking shoes as it is a real farm with primarily dirt and grass walkways.
Wear sunscreen and bring water and snacks.
Dress in layers, as Oak Glen is at 4600 elevation and can be cold but warms up later in the day.
Bring a camera
Consider packing a picnic lunch to eat at the nice little shaded park next door.
Tours cost $9 per child and $6 per adult. Call ahead to confirm space availability, as school groups do go out and visit, especially during the week.
After you’ve picked a bushel of apples, here are a few recipe ideas for you to consider:
A perfect fall libation: this recipe for Cider Rum Punch sounds phenomenal.
Apples for breakfast? Try these: Quick Apple Streusel Pancakes
Please let me know if you have any questions though or if I’ve missed anything! And of course if you’ve been somewhere different that you’ve enjoyed in Southern California, please share!