Posted on 09 Oct, 2019
Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than to go to a local farm and pick your own fruits and vegetables? “U-pick farms” let you harvest your own produce each season and pay for what you pick. From September through November, many apple orchards and pumpkin patches have u-pick days for families to visit. It’s a great way to spend a day with the kids and show them where their food comes from. We’ve gathered a list of four u-pick farms for you and your family to visit near Centennial in Menifee.
About 34 miles north of Centennial, Riley’s Farm in Yucaipa is a u-pick farm that grows apples, pears, berries, flowers and pumpkins. Different fruits and vegetables are available on different weeks, so check the calendar for the list of crops and featured events on the day you want to visit. They are open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for u-pick. They also have Hawk’s Head Tavern on the property, which hosts The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in October and The Harvest Feast in November. With so much going on at Riley’s Farm, you’ll want to keep going back to pick a different fruit or see the next show.
Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard
Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard is less than a mile from Riley’s Farm on Oak Glen Road. They are open on weekends September through November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call to reserve a time to visit during the week. They have a 130-year-old heirloom apple orchard and pumpkins that are ready for picking. Go early to pick your apples and pumpkins and then stay for cider pressing and kids’ crafts like candle dipping, birdhouse decorating, gemstone panning and more. They also host fun seasonal events and workshops, including the Apple Butter Festival during the last weekend in November.
Stone Pantry Orchard
Down the road a little further is Stone Pantry Orchard, which has u-pick apples, pears, blackberries and pumpkins, and u-press apple cider. They are open on weekends from Labor Day through Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call to make an appointment if you want to visit during the week. They provide the picking pole and bag, all you have to do is bring your appetite.
Lavender Hill Pumpkins
Lavender Hill Pumpkins is a family farm with about 10,000 pumpkins ripe for the picking. They are strictly a pumpkin farm, but are the perfect place for people who are looking for just the right ones. They have dozens of varieties, so you can find some to carve, some to cook and some for décor. Lavender Hill Pumpkins is about 27 miles south of Centennial and their opening weekend is the last weekend of September. They are open on Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you want to stay closer to home one week, you can always check out the local farmers markets near Centennial for seasonal produce. Think of all the recipes you could cook up in your kitchen at Centennial with your fresh picks from the farm: apple butter, apple crumble, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and so much more. Happy picking!
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