The reality of autumn in Southern California is more hot and dry “fire season” than pumpkin-spiced sweater weather, but one beloved tradition of the season remains. You can still enjoy a day of apple picking and drinking cider at the orchards of Oak Glen.
In recent months, the historic region has been hit with back-to-back fires. The Apple fire scorched the surrounding areas in July; soon after, the El Dorado fire, sparked by a gender reveal party over Labor Day, threatened the area again.
Nonetheless, the Oak Glen Apple Growers Association now says its member orchards and the roads connecting them have largely been able to reopen, and the group is encouraging visitors to come and support the local businesses.
The Best Apple Picking Orchards in Oak Glen
At just six acres, Stone Soup is smaller than some Oak Glen properties, offering a more intimate experience. COVID updates include hand sanitizing stations, and compliance with all agriculture health guidelines. In addition to apple picking, the farm offers seasonal gardens, photo op areas, and even archery activities. A farm shop and cafe are available. 12131 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.
A family-owned apple farm, winery, and cider house, Snow-Line claims to have the oldest chestnut tree in all of California on its property. Try your hand at apple picking or buy bags of pre-picked specimens; mini cider doughnuts and wine and cider tastings are available as well. 39400 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.
Dating to 1887, Stone Pantry give you the opportunity to not only pick your own apples, but also press them into cider yourself if you wish. Pears, pumpkins, and berries are also ripe for the picking. 11993 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.
Willowbrook is adapting to the pandemic with careful protocols for sanitizing apple picking tools between users, requiring masks for staff and guests, and encouraging distancing. The 110 year old orchard offers apples, berries, wine, and a miniature donkey named Star. 12099 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.
Not a farm, but worth checking out on your visit to Oak Glen, this large, new facility offers multiple indoor and outdoor dining options to sate any apple picking-induced hunger. They also offer every type of apple pie, caramel apple, or other apple-based treat you can dream of. 38480 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.