Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary questions with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of local, organic produce at Moms Country Orchards in Oak Glen. In addition to the value of today’s deal, Moms will also throw in a free sprig of fresh rosemary for every Groupon holder.
Moms Country Orchard provides Oak Glen residents with a healthful harvest of locally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Nestled amid the San Bernardino Mountains, the orchard specializes in hard to find heirloom varieties, all of which are grown without the use of commercial pesticides, fertilizers, or sacrificial brussels sprouts. Savor the seedy stuff with favorite apple varieties such as red delicious, gala, granny, and arkansas black. Apple varieties can be mixed and matched and purchased in one-quarter-peck bags ($8), half-peck bags ($10–$12), half-bushel boxes ($32–$38), or full–bushel boxes ($50–$60). Like the popularity of rhinestone jeggings, Moms' stock changes with the season, welcoming winter by stocking the shelves with in-season citrus such as oranges, grapefruits, and blood oranges (all $1–$2 per pound), and vegetables such as beets, carrots, and bunches of fresh greens ($2) can be found at various times throughout the year. Regardless of the time of year, all Moms’ produce is sustainably grown with an adherence to a strict natural preservation program to minimize harm to the planet and their customers.
The family-owned-and-operated shed is open 364 days a year, closing only on December 25 to celebrate Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. Signs listing the daily stock hang among a garden of string lights and painted sunflowers, and the store's interior is set up like a market, where Moms' signature jams, jellies, and syrups line red-and-white-checkered shelves.
Ten Yelpers give Moms Country Orchards an average of 4.5 stars:
- Both times that I've visited Oak Glen I have stopped by here -- and both times, Mom's Country Orchards was the highlight of my trip! – Shanti M., Yelp, 5/1/10
- When I was here the staff made sure I had samples of several items out for sale. Everything was very good and options were plenty. – Seth W., Yelp, 10/19/09