Every Saturday beginning in January you can go orange picking at La Verne Heritage Park. The trees are full of oranges and can be picked through March. The oranges are really good and delicious, see below for a list of things to do with oranges. We have been going for the past five years now and it has become a tradition for us. Teach your kids about the history of La Verne. You can see the old house and travel back through history how people lived and farmed.
For $5 you get a bag that you can fill with oranges that you picked. You can grab a fruit picker and show your kids how to grab fruit from the very top of the trees. Little ones will need help but will love the reward of picking their own fruit. It is best to go early in the season as you can imagine that this can be popular and the lower fruit would be picked. They also sell juicers for you to take home and teach your kids about making their own orange juice.
And yes they will want you to carry them to pick the fruit themselves!
They also do field trips there. The field trip will have a tractor ride through the orange field, barn animals, and then you get to put a plant inside the orange peel.
So what can you do with oranges beside eating them?
- Make an herbal tea with the orange peels
- Make orange zest and freeze it with water in ice cube trays and then you can make this recipe from The Typical Mom did for Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf
- Make a citrus cleaner with the orange rinds and white vinegar
- Keep orange peels in an jar with vinegar and then you can freshen your garbage disposal
- Make a smoothie like The Typical Mom did in this Orange Smoothie Recipe
- Cut the orange in half, dip it in salt and then clean your sink with it!
- Grind dried orange peels and make a mask by mixing it with milk or water
- Keep cats away from your garden by adding dried rinds
- Place orange peel at the bottom of your trash can to reduce odor
La Verne Heritage Park is open on Saturdays from 9am - 3pm. There is a nice park next door to have your picnic lunch. Or go for a hike at Marshall Canyon!