Apple Picking in Petaluma
U-Pick is going drive-by during COVID-19
The Apple and Pear U Pick Season will open August 23rd, 2020, with a pre-paid, drive-by option. Due to Covid-19, and to insure safety for all, there will be no apple and pear picking, no tours to see the animals, no getting out of the car at all, even for a bathroom (there will be not porta potties).
Customers will order and pay for their farm items on- line ahead of time, and then drive into the ranch to pick them up on the 23rd of August. (There will be other Drive By Days during the Fall Season).
Please go to our FB page, Chileno Valley Ranch to connect or if you need more information.
Looking forward to seeing all our customers on the 23rd!
~ Mike and Sally
Picking Up Your Products
When you drive out to the ranch on Sunday, August 23rd, you will be picking up your prepaid products in a safe way. Everyone will be given an hour during which they may drive through to get their products. Your prepaid apples, pears, ground beef, olive oil, honey and apple cider donuts will be waiting for you.
Drive in and stop in front of the horse barn, where masked volunteers will ask for your name, and then place your prepaid products on the table between your car and the barn. You will get out of your car to load your products into your car and then you will drive off.
We are sorry to say that you will not be allowed to walk around the ranch, for your protection and for ours. No tours, fruit picking, picnicking, apple cider pressing, sheep petting or chicken feeding will be offered. There will be no bathrooms available. This is the only way we could think of in which everyone is safe. We will all miss our carefree Fall U-Pick Days, but we trust they will be back next year. In the meantime, we hope you will come out to see us, offer a brief “hello”, and take home some nutritious farm products for your families.
Covid rules will apply for our Fall weekend pick-up days.
We will be wearing masks and gloves and hope you all will do the same.
- Drive Through Times
Drive through times will be announced at a later date.
Thank you, and let’s make the most of it! We will do our best to offer you a positive experience.
Regarding the orders for Chileno Valley Ranch, here are the prices and units of orders:
Apples & Pears
Apples and pears will be sold in 10 lb bags. Each bag will cost $20.00.
You may order as many bags of apples as you wish.
Pears will be limited to one bag each.
Please prepay on Paypal using the account under Mike’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ground beef will be sold in 1 lb. packages. Customers will be able to purchase a minimum of five lbs for $40.00. You may buy as much ground beef as you wish. Please prepay on Paypal at email@example.com.
To purchase a quarter, half or whole animal, please see our beef page. The total cost for a quarter of beef is around $550 and includes more than 100 lbs of various cuts.
Chileno Valley Olive Oil produced by Tim Gee and Carol Dimeling Gee can be purchased directly on the web site, www.ChilenoValleyOliveOil.com with PayPal, Venmo, or personal checks. Lavender bunches will also be available.
Those wishing to add honey to their order can call Geoff Whitford and Annie Brown of Bloomfield Bees at (707) 490-5001, (254) 251-9713, or leave a message at (707) 836-7278, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apple Cider Donuts
As a special treat on our opening day, longtime U-Pick volunteer Veronica Herico is selling cider donuts. Orders can be picked up at our ranch via this Google doc ordering form: https://forms.gle/
We had a great time picking apples and meeting the animals on the farm. They offer a variety of organic apples and asian pears, as well as a few vegetables, eggs and grass-fed beef. – Alexandra