Oak Glen’s Apple Picking Season officially kicks off over Labor Day weekend and runs now through Thanksgiving weekend. The apple crop is good this year and the majority of farms officially start welcoming visitors in September.
The History of Oak Glen
Oak Glen’s apple orchards produce a variety of apple selections including the Vasquez and King David varieties, which are grown only in Oak Glen, as well as antique varieties no longer commercially available such as Ben Davis, Gravenstein and Pink Pearl. Before 1940, Oak Glen mainly grew apples for export purposes. Then several farmers got together and began to sell apples, apple pies, apple cider and apple butter at roadside stands to locals passing by. Today growers earn the majority of their profit from visitors who pick apples directly off their trees in the orchards.
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Apple Farms in Oak Glen
My family and I have visited Oak Glen on more than one occasion. One of our favorite spots in town is Riley’s Farm. Nestled in the apple growing foothills of historic Oak Glen, Riley’s Farm is a working apple orchard and living history farm featuring pick-your-own fruit, living history education, dinner theater, group banquet facilities and extended and historically-themed overnight stays.
They also offer year round educational field trips for schools and homeschool groups.
- Revolutionary War Adventure
- The Civil War Adventure
- Gold Rush Adventure
- Old Joe Homestead Tour
- Colonial Farm Life Adventure
- Overnight Revolutionary War Adventure
Did you know that there are three additional apple farms in Oak Glen that are owned and operated by different members of the Riley family?
Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho
Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho features apple-wood smoked BBQ dishes and a bakery with homemade pies, hand-held pies, turnovers and cookies. Picnic grounds, a petting zoo, nature trails are also on the property. During apple season, they are open 7 days/week from 9 am – 5 pm.