Apple Picking & Pumpkin Patches/Farms

Updated on July 30, 2008
R.S. asks from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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This fall, we'd love to bring our kids (2 girls: 5 years and 11 months) for a couple of day trips (would even consider an overnight/weekend trip) to do some apple picking, and in October, visit a pumpkin farm.

Any recommendations of local places for this, and where to stay if an overnight trip? I'm in the Torrance/Redondo Beach/Peninsula area.


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Hi there
A couple of years ago we went to Underwood Family Farms for pumpkin picking. We had a blast! There were tons of things to do for the kids besides picking the perfect pumpkin: hayride, petting zoo, pony rides, play equipment, farmer's market.
A word of advice: we went in October and it was gloomy and cold down here (Redondo), when we got to the farm (Moorpark) it was sunny and HOT. So dress in layers and maybe bring a change of clothes. And wear a hat!

Have fun!

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We love Oak Glen- Riley's Farm and all the others! Have heard a lot about Julian, but have never been there! Enjoy the delights of the season.

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Oak Glen and Tenaka farms are the two best (we think.) You can check them both out online and see what works for you family best.
Enjoy making memories!

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there is a place called Oak Glen in Yucaipa that has apple orchards and pumpkin patches. If you go the week or 2 before Halloween you will have a blast. This is a place that I went to as a child and have taken all of my children there as well. We go at least 2 times each year. You can pick apples and then make your own cider with them, or you can simply buy the apples and the cider...along with anything else made with apples.
Fillmore also has several pumpkin patches tht the ekids can pick their own pumpkins!

I live in the same area you do, and the ride to either of these places is about 2 hours.
Have fun.

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I am excited to share information on our favorite pumpkin farm. It is Faulkner Farms, 14292 W. Telgraph, Santa Paula, CA 93060 1-866-321-9995 It has been a while since we were there, but it was everyones favorite place to go in October. My children are now 22 and 17 and some of their favorite memories were at the pumpkin patch. There were pumpkins of all sizes as far as you can see. Wheelbarrows for the Dads/kids to push around. Hay bales for the kids to climb on, animals, clydsdale hayride and a beautiful Victorian house in the background. We have great pictures of the kids with HUGH PUMPKINS.

Another one of our favorite places is the Underwood Family Farm, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021 1-###-###-#### www.underwoodfamilly They have a Pick-u-Farm. You go out in the fields and pick your own fruits and vegetables. Call ahead of time to know which vegetables and fruit are in season for the time you want to go out there. Our favorite is in June to go out and pick strawberries and blackberries. We have picked tomatos, variety of squashes, lettuce, cucumbers, beans, peppers, onions, and even dug for potatos. They also have an animal area. We have never been to this one in October, however the website shows lots and lots of pumpkins for their Fall Festival.

I hope your family enjoys these places as much as we did.

C. F.

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Hello R.. One of my most cherished (at the risk of sounding corny!) memories is going to Oak Glen with my grandparents every year on All Saints Day. I always had the day off of school, and it became tradition. We (well, my grandma!) packed a picnic basket full of sandwiches, milk, fruit and carrot sticks, and we would sit out on the picnic tables and eat our lunch when we got there, then go through the orchard, as well as the factory portion. I loved watching the apple juice being made. I haven't been since I was about 12 or 13, so I don't remember how far away it is, but I know it's not TERRIBLY far, but it's also not around the corner. The best part was bringing all of the juicy, delicious apples home :)

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