Venture just outside the city to find your own fall harvest crop
‘Tis the season for apples. And that means Grandma will inevitably whip out her famous apple pie any chance she can. Can’t you just taste the crisp, sweet, succulent treat? But what Grandma doesn’t know is that the VERY best apples can’t be found at the grocery store…
While fall brings endless apple varieties to the stands and farmers’ markets, why not carpool with the gang and go apple picking at a U-Pick orchard of your choice?The best-of-the-best So Cal orchards can be found within 90 miles of Los Angeles. Connect with nature, get some much-needed Vitamin D and “fall” in love with our favorite picks:
*Riley’s Farm was homesteaded in the 1880s. Rich in history and family culture, Riley’s offers daily U-Pick apple and pumpkin orchards, among others, from 10am – 5pm. Find the apple your heart desires from Jonagold and Fujis to Granny Smiths and Heirlooms. Just take the 10 freeway all the way east to Beaumont and find the first orchard on your right. Riley’s Farm is in Oak Glen, CA at 12261 S. Oak Glen Road.
*Head around the corner to Willowbrook Apple Farm for weekend cider-making from 100-year-old U-Pick Stayman Winesap apple orchards. And don’t be afraid of the honeybees – they’re hard at work sweetening up the crop. Find Willowbrook at12099 S. Oak Glen Road.
*If wine country is your fix, head to Apple Lane Farm in Solvang for a pesticide-free orchard that’s just your style. The Fujis and Granny Smiths will pair brilliantly with your Viognier and Gruyere. Apple Lane is at 1200 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang.
Not in Southern California? You can find a more local Pick Your Own Farm at www.pickyourown.org.
Now that you’ve got more apples than you know what to do with, give Grandma a piece of her own medicine and tempt her with this savory, healthy, YDT-approved sweet mashed potatoes with sage apple butter recipe. You can thank me later.