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Jun 11, 2008 07:58 PM

Cherry Orchards

I've heard there are several places near Palmdale/Lancaster where you can pick your own cherries. I think they are grouped together but I don't have any more information than that. Has anyone been out there and have recommendations?

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  1. Leona Valley is the place never been....But I'm very motivated to go.

    Here is the Leona Valley website:

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    1. re: 420 Reasons to eat

      I went this past weekend to Leona Valley. The cherries are $3 a pound, what they've beenf or the last 3 years.

      If the farms haven't updated their websites in a while, I'd call to make sure they have cherries before you drive out. Also their Cherry parade is this Saturday, which closes the road for a couple of hours

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        About 6 of the twelve cherry farms have websites. I have read on a couple of the websites that they are "still" only charging $3.00 per pound.

        1. re: 420 Reasons to eat

          I never said thank you. I am thinking about going this season, I have been checking the various websites.

          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

            Make sure you contact them before you go, cherries are later this year than in years past.

      2. Last time I went cherry-picking, it was in Valyermo which is near Palmdale/Lancaster. You could eat all you want while picking--no charge. You paid for what you take away by the pound. It is a lot of fun and a lot of work. There are some things to know before you go:
        Bring something to collect the cherries in--like a bag over your shoulder, and bags to take them home in. The cherries are on tall trees and are NOT accessible from the ground. If you go on a weekend day, the ladders may be taken unless you get there early. The ladders are about 12 feet tall. The ladder I used was aluminum and I think it had a spike to be stuck into the ground and the top of the ladder leaned against the tree, if memory serves correctly. If it is sunny it will be hot so wear a hat and sunscreen. Have a great time, I did!

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        1. re: Kate is always hungry

          thanks for the advice! I hope they have ladders if we go early on Sunday.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            some places have trees where you won't need ladders, some places don't have ladders because of liabilities. some places have buckets for you to collect the cherries in.

            Check with the place you are going to

        2. Thanks for the responses. Sounds like it's not a good idea to take my 3 year old there. LIttle kids and ladders don't mix well. Think I'll stick to Underwood Farms for picking pleasure.

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          1. re: ElleBeavero

            Ths past weekend, we went to Amber's in Leona Valley with our 3 1/2 year old. It was perfect for him b/c he could get under the low branches to pick the cherries that were hard for the adults to pick. The trees in Leona Valley are short so that kids can pick them. Amber's had a lot of bing and rainier but not a lot of the other varietals. They also have a little picnic area. We had a great afternoon!

          2. I just got back from Leona Valley. I visited 3 orchards ( 4 Orchards were open today (Thursday)). I stopped at Rhodes Orchard, Hobarts Cherries, and Northside Cherries.

            I picked about 1 pound of cherries from each Orchard.

            They all had plenty of well stocked trees. Take someone tall and you will get some of the best cherries. Only Northside had ladders, and they did not allow you to move them with-out staff assistance.

            The prices ranged from $2.75 - $3.00 per pound.

            Everyone was very friendly and all the orchards (12 total) seem to be with in a couple mile radius.

            As previously posted the Cherry Festival is on Saturday 6/14. And from my understanding the season is going to over in late June.

            I took my motorcycle up there Bouquet Canyon until Dead ends into Lake Elizabeth made a left and you'll see signs at the first stop sign.
            If you go Right you'll find two orchards one of them being Nothside Cherries.
            If you go Left you'll find the other ten orchards with signs showing you the way.

            I'm going to take my time deciding what orchard i enjoyed the most and go stock-up next week.

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            1. re: 420 Reasons to eat

              Windy Ridge has only dwarf trees and we have been going since my toddler was 2 and she can pick right off the trees! It is a fun kid day- go early, bring water!!!!!

              they are not opening until the 19th, but we like them the best!