2024 Linn County, Oregon Apricot U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Apricot U-Pick Orchards in Linn County, Oregon in 2024, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apricots that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apricots orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
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Horse Creek Farms Oregon - apples, apricots, beets, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, marionberries, melons, onions, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs 26491 Irish Bend Loop, Halsey, OR 97348. Phone: 541-369-3603. Email: email@example.com. Open: UPDATE for 2021: A visitor tells me they are closed until the 2022 season; June 1st - October 31st. Directions: You can find us 14 miles south of the Highway 34 & Peoria intersection, or 8 miles North of Harrisburg. We are about 5 miles west of Halsey, Oregon. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Horse Creek Farms Oregon Facebook page. .
Always call before you go to the farm - Apricots are affected by weather
(both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are
in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Most growers furnish picking containers designed for apricots, but they may
charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Apricots on top of
each other will bruise the fruit on the bottom.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers, so you can spread them out.
something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up
a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs
usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it
has been rainy.
You might want to ask whether the apricots are! There are two major types of
apricots: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone apricots and nectarines
have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain,
because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most apricot
varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (depending
upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are
freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in
June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone.
How to tell if the apricots are ripe!
Attached to the tree: Apricots are best picked when the fruit
separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it
isn't ripe! Apricots will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they
Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as
an indicator of how ripe a apricot is. Different apricot varieties have
differing amounts of red blush in their natural coloring. Pick them when the
ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red (or a combination).
The skin of yellow-fleshed varieties ripens to an orange tint, while the
skin of white-fleshed varieties changes from greenish- to yellow-white.
Softness: unless you
like your apricots very firm, pick your apricots with just a little "give"
when gently pressed. Apricots at this stage are great for eating, freezing,
and baking. Apricots won't ripen very much after picking!
Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!
Tips on How to Pick Apricots
apricot is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a apricot gently, with
little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to
avoid bruising. Grab the apricot firmly and pull it straight off the branch.
DON'T drop the apricot into the basket, but set it in gently!
Marks on the Apricots: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs)
bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the
apricot. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit. These
look like dents in the apricots if the apricots were bitten by a bug when they
were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle
in the apricot. There's nothing wrong with these apricots. They may look funny, but
they will taste just as good as blemish-free apricots, and it's better not to
have the pesticides!
When you get home
Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or
damaged fruit to use immediately.
Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and
freeze them up!
Even under ideal conditions apricots will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
Now, get ready to make Apricot jam or canned apricots - It is VERY easy -
especially with our free directions and recipes: