Summer is here, that means it’s time to get outside and get some fresh air- and really fresh produce. Grab the family and head up to Gilcrease Orchard to pick your own fresh produce.
Thanks to the Gilcrease Family and their generosity, a 60 acre patch of the most fertile farming land in the Las Vegas area is still preserved. Located on the north side of town, Gilcrease Orchard is 60 acres of agricultural land where you can visit and hand pick your own fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
The two Gilcrease brothers, Ted and Bill kept this wonderful farm alive for many years. This was the Brothers’ dream, that the Orchard would be a place where families could bring their children and enjoy a sampling of the kind of life the brothers knew. They wanted to preserve this unique gem where the community can pick food fresh off the tree or vine and see, feel, and taste the difference.
In the fall, Gilcrease Orchard operates one of the best pumpkin patches in the West! The Pumpkin Patch opens each year in late September. We are currently awaiting confirmation of the pumpkin patch opening.
At this time, they are open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 am until 10am. Come out early to beat the heat, wear the right shoes and put on your sunscreen! They even offer a free Gilcrease Orchard app available to download that has a GPS locator that shows you where you are in relation to the produce you want to pick.
Entrance to the Orchard is FREE, however, some changes are still in effect. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when coming to the orchard! And for food safety purpose, no pets are allowed at the orchard.
They also have items for sale at the check out such as peanut butter and almond butter, kettle corn, and famous apple and pear cider. Apple Cider donuts are back, get yours today.
You can always check out their website here for a current list of what’s in season. Right now, they are offering:
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Apricots $1.50 per lb
Apriums $1.50 per lb
Peaches $1.50 per lb
Cucumbers $1 per lb
Sunflowers $2 each
Zucchini $1 per lb
Summer squash $1 per lb
Butternut squash $1 per lb
Spaghetti squash $1 per lb
Beets $1 per lb
Carrots $1 per lb
Garlic $.50 each
Onions $.50 per lb
New potatoes $3 per bag
Blackberries $4 per package
Kettle Corn $4
Braided garlic $12
Peanut butter $5
Almond butter $8
Like their Facebook page to stay up to date on all the events happening there. You can also sign up for their newsletter thegilcreaseorchard.org to get the most up to date information on upcoming events and available produce to pick and prices. There aren’t many places in the desert where you can pick your own produce, and this place is a delight!
I recommend going the the Orchard early in the day, rather than later. My kids loved running around, and getting some cider and donuts as well. I was raised on a small farm, so I love that my kids can experience all that fresh produce here in this big city. Gilcrease Orchard is located at 7800 N. Tenaya Way.
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