Best places for apple picking in L.A.
Ripe apples are in full bloom at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho from now through Thanksgiving. There are 18 different varieties available for u-pick and bulk purchase, but be sure to check online to find out which types are ripe and ready to be picked. Fresh pressed cider is available and a necessary way to end your time spent in the orchard. The farm is open for apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Do more than just pick your own apples at Willowbrook Apple Farm, where the fun continues beyond the field. After picking from their century-old Stayman Winesap apple trees, you can then press your own cider and indulge in a tasty caramel apple. U-pick apples are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm beginning on October 6 through November.
The first weekend in October is when the grounds of Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard open up for apple picking. Their field of heirloom Stayman Winesap trees ripen throughout October and, during a good season, bear fruit into November. Before filling up your bags up, you’ll get a brief lesson from a farmhand on the history of Riley’s, how to properly pick the apples and helpful tips on tasting. While admission is free, you pay for what you pick at $3.25 per pound.
Spend an afternoon at Riley’s Apple Farm (not to be confused with Riley’s Farm) for a blast from the past. Pick from different varieties of apples for $3 per pound starting Labor Day weekend, all the way through October or November depending on the season. On the weekends, you can partake in a number of different activities including archery, cider pressing and knife throwing. Leading up to the official opening Labor Day weekend, those eager to pick can head to the farm Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 3pm to pick ones that are already ripe. Be sure to check out their site to see which apple varieties are ready for picking.
After going for a spin in the air, spend some time picking your own apples in the orchard at Brian Ranch Airport. There are four varieties of apples that are available at different points in the season, which this year spans from mid-July to October. During apple picking season, hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm, as well as other times by appointment. Be sure to enjoy your pickings in their picnic area afterward.
With more than 30 different kinds of apples from trees ranging from 1 to over 100 years old, Riley’s Farm (again, another Riley’s) is a great place for those that want a large assortment during their u-picking adventures. The farm specializes in heirloom apples, old varieties that you often won’t find in the grocery store. Starting August 18, you can head to the farm to get picking. Check online for the crop status and varying u-pick hours, which often fall on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
Looking for more ways to celebrate fall?
One of the best fall activities is enjoying the colorful fall foliage around L.A.—yes, it does exist. From nearby gardens to the local mountains, there are plenty of spots to enjoy the colorful fall foliage all around L.A., so you’ll never have to envy those East Coasters again.