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Pick Y.O. Cherries! Opening Weekend ~ Potluck Picnic ~ Leona Valley

  • Jun 1, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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UPDATE: Changing orchards, time table and picnic location. Watch for updates.

We'll decide at the NoHo Station when we meet. The orchard has yet to be decided as I'm looking for the place we went to last year which had shaded picnic tables and it was not a zoo like Villa del Sol.

Cherry Season is here! Let's try to beat the hordes and go before the parade! A full schedule of cherry picking, potluck picnic and maybe more cherry picking!

We will meet 8:30am at the North Hollywood Metro Station (free parking) and we will carpool from here. We leave the carpool location at 8:45am promptly. There's free parking at NoHo Metro Station. Please pay driver $10.00 for gas reimbursement. Please comment if you wish to drive or ride. Drivers, please gas up before the event. If you arrive late or wish to drive yourself, you can meet up with us at Copeland's Cherries farm.

According to their website, they have picnic tables, so after we do some picking, we will gather back together and share our potluck picnic lunch.

Pick your own pesticide free cherries! We may visit more than one orchard and they usually sell cherry pitters, local honey, cold drinks, pies, drinks and more! So bring some extra cash just in case. Cherries will cost $4/lb and they only accept cash. That's actually a bargain for local ORGANIC cherries!

If there is a wait list and you are willing to drive, you will be added to the rsvp's.

UPDATE ~ NOTE: We are going to skip the parade which is June 7th

Agenda

8:30am Meet @ NoHo Station

8:45am Leave NoHo Station

9:50am Arrive to Leona Valley

10:00pm Let the picking begin!

12:00 noon Potluck Picnic

2pm Head home or explore the area

Certified Organic Cherries 
Leona Valley, California

http://www.copelandscherryranch.com/Organic_Cherries.html

Directions to the orchard -

Take 14 Freeway North to Palmdale Blvd.

Exit and turn left onto Palmdale Blvd (going west).

Take Palmdale Blvd which changes to Elizabeth Lake Road at 10th Street West. Continue towards the country to 90th West (approximately 11 miles). 

At 90th West (stop sign) turn left.

Turn right at the next stop sign - Leona Avenue

Copeland's is half a mile down on your right.

Parking in front.

We are easy to find and Welcome You! 

Please contact us at Copeland's Cherry Ranch regarding our cherries or
honey (for sale year-round).  

Copeland's Cherry Ranch 
David and Chari Copeland 
9611 Leona Ave 
Leona Valley, CA 93551 

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What to bring

Pack for a day trip - I always bring snacks, hand towels or disposable wipes and plenty of water/sodas/beer/wine/liquids to drink.

Potluck picnic item to share.

Include containers for picking and for carrying the fruit home (smaller containers are better for children's smaller hands), Some farms provide them, but usually for a fee.

Dress in old clothes and worn athletic shoes; you want to be comfortable and not worried about staining or tearing your clothes! If the ground is wet, it will really ruin any nice shoe, so wear your beat up old ones!

Wide-brimmed hats help protect you from the summer sun; and in the Fall, extra layers keep you warm.

Sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snack/powerbar

Extra cash for misc. stuff and maybe dinner after we return to NoHo

Cooler: keep your cherries cold on the long drive home

Scissors: to keep stem on cherry, otherwise when picking cherry leave stem on tree to prevent damage to spurs, which are the short twiggy branches that grow out of the tree's older branches and produce next year's crop

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  • Eric

    Great event! It was nice meeting everybody...great people always make the events that much more enjoyable!

    June 1, 2014

  • Susan M

    Wish I had known earlier I would have gone. Hope this group goes again this year. That is probably wishful thinking!

    June 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      There may another meetup soon... different variety of cherries will be ready in a week or so.

      June 1, 2014

  • Ds

    The lunch was wonderful. The cherry picking group welcoming. Darrell is the best organizer.

    June 1, 2014

  • Teena

    Such a fun event! I enjoyed my ride up with Sara and got to know her. Picked 4 1/2 pounds of pure yumminess and met a couple from Ghana who were so nice and funny. Our picnic was delicious. Thanks to everyone for the great grub! Afterward, me and Sara made a little detour to another orchard that sold Cherry Butter (they were out :( ) We picked some apricots and ripe Bing Cherries there. A very nice day!

    June 1, 2014

  • Sarah A.

    Lots of fun and super stoked. I got 4 pounds of cherries and cinnamon honey at Copeland's. Then, Tina and I headed a little further down the road to Cherry Blossom Farm, and their bings were ripe, and a dollar less a pound, so I got another 5 pounds there, along with some delicious apricots. And what a great potluck, stellar day!!

    June 1, 2014

    • Teena

      It was so nice driving with you and getting to know you. Our little side adventure turned out great! Look forward to seeing you at a future event!

      1 · June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a good time got some cherries and a small jar of honey.

    2 · June 1, 2014

    • Sarah A.

      Bonita, your muffuletta sandwiches were the best! Thank you so much.

      June 1, 2014

    • Teena

      Ditto!

      June 1, 2014

  • Dee W.

    We are on our way. Bringing my husband, children and a neighbor. See you all in about a hour.

    June 1, 2014

    • Dee W.

      We had a great time. I bought 10lbs of cherries and some honey. I have a new found respect for farm workers after today. Whew

      2 · June 1, 2014

  • Sarah A.

    We are waiting at the ELEVATOR, a mint green looking arch, NOT the escalators

    June 1, 2014

  • Darrell

    Here's a google map to get there...

    http://bit.ly/1kYzgem

    June 1, 2014

  • Darrell

    Orchard definitely open Sunday! I'm making a Black Forest Ham and smoke turkey spiral sandwich wraps for the pot luck!

    Is anyone bringing an ice chest and ice?

    See ya'll at 8:30am at the NoHo station. Meet near the Elevator... Elevator... Elevator...

    May 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm bringing a cooler with ice.

      June 1, 2014

  • Teena

    Thanks! I'll look for one of you guys to ride with.

    May 31, 2014

  • Teena

    I need a ride to the orchard!! Is there still room in someone's car? If not, I can not go as my car will not make it there. Also, what do we bring for the picnic?

    May 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      2 other people are driving and have room in their cars. I can fit one more in mine. Bring a potluck item to share. I'm bringing muffaletta sandwiches.

      May 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to drive tomorrow with a friend. I have room for 3 more in the backseat.

    May 31, 2014

  • Eric

    I am still planning on driving. I have room for up to 3 people.

    May 31, 2014

  • Kayo

    I would love to get a ride once we meet up at the Station tomorrow please! Thanks.

    May 31, 2014

    • Elcee

      Hi Kayo, Bonita has one more spot in her car!

      May 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning on going to this, and can drive. I have a Nissan Rogue (small SUV) and will have room for 2-3 more people in my car.

    May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Louise, sure, I have room for one more in my car for tomorrow.

      May 31, 2014

    • Elcee

      Hi Bonita, I will be riding with a friend that's also going tomorrow! I'll let the group know that you have one more spot. Thank you for your kindness!

      May 31, 2014

  • Tamara

    Hi - just to confirm this is on, and we're just meeting at the NoHo Metro station to decide where we're actually going?

    May 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be at the Noho station at 8:30 am on Sunday!

      May 30, 2014

  • Sarah A.

    Do we have any idea about price yet?

    May 30, 2014

    • Sarah A.

      Okay, I see it, $4 a pound, perfect!

      May 30, 2014

  • Darrell

    They are opening their orchard for the first day on Saturday and we will be going there on Sunday the day after so we should have a great day of cherry picking!

    2 · May 30, 2014

  • Alex

    Can we go and bring our super cute 5 yr old, or does she cramp the cool kids' style?

    May 26, 2014

    • Darrell

      Kids love the orchards!

      May 26, 2014

  • Darrell

    Just received an email from Dave of CD Cherry Farm and he hasn't set the price yet. He thinks he will be open by June 1st but email me when he knows for sure.

    May 11, 2014

    • Darrell

      Hello all our fantastic cherry pickers! Well folks, it is already May and we have LOTS of cherries. The season is early this year and although we have had some frost nights, so far, we have not have any losses to speak of. Keep your fingers crossed that the rest of May is mild and that the trees have the energy needed to size up the many cherries we see.

      We will send another update when the cherries are ripe and ready to pick. We are estimating that we will be open at the end of May and that we have enough cherries to last us a few weeks of picking.

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Ds

    It's too far in future to plan carpool. I may be up to this arrangement. It's always nice driving with friends.

    May 6, 2014

  • Daisy

    I'm still deciding. This means I have to get up at 5:30 in the morning to get to NoHo station.

    March 4, 2014

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