Marina Del Rey
I want to pick apples off a tree to make fresh apple sauce... is there anyplace I can drive to in the Southern California area that is open to the public?
It would be great if the location was within a couple hours drive of LA.
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There aren't any that I know of in the central LA area, but you're in luck if you can make a couple hour drive out!
Straight East is
Riley's Farm located at:
12261 S. Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, CA 92399
Apple Picking is a BLAST! Hope you have fun!
Solvang has a spot for picking apples and, good news, it's near a whole lot of wineries.
Just off Highway 101, you can find blueberry picking, too.
Both are seasonal, so be sure to check in advance. It looks like the apples are usually available August through November, but the timing also affects which varieties you'll find.
Even though I lived in the L.A. area for 11 years, I have to admit that I never picked apples anywhere in that area. Just about everything else that grows on a tree, I have picked.
So I did a quick lookup for you; http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-apple-picking-near-los-angeles/ There are a number of good suggestions on that page, with varying distances from L.A. itself.
The Oak Glen area seems to be most popular, my California beach friends tell me !