June 2020 UPDATE: Over the last year several things about Riley’s Farm has come to light, including that the owner holds racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-science views. A February 2019 Los Angeles Times article showcases some of these sentiments. Recent Facebook posts by the Farm have shown they do not believe in wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, I have chosen to make this amendment, and state that I no longer support Riley’s Farm.
Last Friday Patrick and myself along with some friends went to Riley’s Farm for a perfect day filled with all things autumn! Riley’s Farm is an odd little place tucked away in the hills of Oak Glen that likes to pretend it’s New England. It offers a wide variety of orchards for guests to pick their own produce, living history elements (much of which is focused on colonial and Revolutionary War), a tavern, bakery, and theatre.
We started our day at the The Hawk’s Head for brunch before venturing into the apple orchard to pick some apples for an apple crisp Patrick plans on baking soon. Then it was to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Afterward we attended a dinner theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and not only was it dinner and a show, we also got to dance, have pumpkin seed spitting contests, and even enjoy a hayride. Sadly I didn’t get any snaps of the show or fun during, but I can honestly say it was one of the most wonderful and unique experiences I have had. Riley’s Farm is gorgeous, full of people, and very educational in the best way.
The pumpkin patch is located on a hill and the dirt is so soft and fine, I’m glad I chose to wear flats, which were my flats I used to wear for work, so I’m glad I kept them around! They were certainly filthy by the time I got home. They started the day out black!
The theatre at Riley’s Farm does a variety of productions throughout the year, and soon they are doing a production of Dracula that some of us are talking about going to. They also do A Christmas Carol, and come next spring they are doing a Sherlock Holmes production, which has not only piqued my interest but that of many of my friends. So I have a sneaking suspicion that Riley’s Farm is going to become a frequented place.
Dress: Buffalo Exchange…I think…I’m not entirely sure.
Bangles: Here and there…
Owl Brooch: Match Accessories