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Willowbrook Farm

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Mdwaugh2001 wrote a review Oct 2019
Visalia, California154 contributions77 helpful votes
The line was long to get in, but it was worth it! We have gone twice and earlier in the season is definitely better, as by the time we went on October 20, the apples were much more difficult to come by. Our 5 year old loved the animals and pressing cider. We will definitely return again next year!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Lisa P wrote a review Oct 2019
Norco, California89 contributions11 helpful votes
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Our 7th and final stop for the day. Parking is along side the road, so be careful of drivers. We walked into a small building where we were greeted by a friendly woman who explained what we could do and where we could go. We opted for the $15 bag which amounts to about $1 per apple depending on size and we packed that bag! We walked out the back door as it was getting closer to closing time and first thing the kids wanted to see the mini donkey and horse. They then picked apples--their friends had never done so before. A little black cat followed us around. There was a cider press station, but there were several kids, so we decided to do that another time.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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S8s wrote a review Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
A great day for us and our little girl who saw a real farm, healthy animals, had a lovely healthy meal and learnt a lot about organic living. The hosts are well organised, informative and helpful, have recommended to all my friends!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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John F wrote a review Nov 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand196 contributions112 helpful votes
Oak Glen has a number of orchards where you can pick your own apples. Willowbrook is one of the smaller operations and this is why we like it. We were there this year on the third day it was open for picking. It was Saturday, and the whole area was very busy. Like crazy. We thought we would get in early but by 10am the roadside was full and we had a walk to get to the farm. By the time we left, about 1pm, the road was essentially a parking lot. This farm has cider pressing, with the old fashioned hand presses, and the kids loved having a go. Do this first and get in early! There are 2 presses, but the line builds quickly, so if you want to do that make it a priority. The apple grove isn't large, and it wasn't crowded as most people head to the larger farms. But it's smaller size makes it excellent for smaller children who tend to roam and run. Early in the season the apples were easy to pick low down but later in the season they will provide tools for reaching higher. The only slight negative vibe was the (I thought overly) vigilant staff who were very quick to tell off children who ate apples they had picked. This was a little off-putting and the children didn't know quite how to take it. If the farm is concerned about loss of income surely they could build this cost into the entry fee? It's not as if kids can eat many apples! The other weak point in the operation was trying to purchase the apples or other products. The shop is really only a small shack, and there was only one somewhat slow register. The line snaked around the interior and out the back where it was hot in the direct sun. I know the season is short but a faster payment system would reduce stress on tired families. One final tip. If you come up to Oak Glen for apple picking and then a picnic go further up the road to the small local library which has a very good park with tables and a playground and plenty of shade. While it is not permitted to park your car in the parking lot there and go picking, it is permitted to park there and have a picnic or play in the playground. While the road was crazy full the parking lot at the library/playground had plenty of space. Definitely worth using the playground.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Elizabeth W wrote a review Sep 2015
Riverside, California222 contributions81 helpful votes
We have been visiting Oak Glen for nearly twenty-five years. Our children are actually adults now, but always want to return. We have never ventured past Riley's Farm previously. Today was our first visit to Willowbrook, and we were warmly welcomed and had a wonderful visit. The berries are just about gone for the season it seems, but somehow my husband and daughter managed to fill two containers of blackberries. This was a new experience as we've only picked strawberries and raspberries in the past. Though small in size they were huge in flavor! Cheryl met us at the entrance with samples of the cider made with the currently available apple crop. While it's too early in the season for u-pick apples, you can make u-press cider, which we did. The apple of the day was pink lady, and wow did it make great cider! I nearly cranked the whole bushel through by myself I'm proud to say :) We were SO impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone we met at this farm. You can tell they love sharing their crops and knowledge, and it felt like what a family farm should feel like. They are personable, patient and polite! Thank you for a wonderful visit! We'll be back!
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Date of experience: September 2015
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