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The Friend's Ranches packinghouse

Our packinghouse (15150 Maricopa Hwy)  is open every Tuesday and Friday morning from 7am until noon. Or if you drive by and the door is open, please pop your head in and see what we have available. Please stop by to purchase what we grow: citrus, honey and other seasonal Ojai fruits as well as seasonal freshly squeezed juices. 
Please call ahead if you are interested in large quantities (more than 50 pounds).  tel. 805-646-2871

We are also at the Ojai farmers’ market in Ojai every Sunday 9am-1pm.
Our fruit is also found in Ojai at locally owned grocers: Westridge Market, Rainbow Bridge and Westridge Midtown Market.

 



Springtime Orchard Tours:           SIGN UP SOON, TOURS TEND TO FILL UP

 

 

Come take a stroll with us through our orchard, taste what's in season, viTony discussing tangerines on an orchard toursit our packinghouse and pick a bag of fruit to take home with you.  The Sheldon orchard has 15 varieties of tangerines as well as blood oranges, minneolas and more! You will get the chance to see how they grow and discover which are your seasonal favorites.

The Friend family and descendants have been growing fruit in Ojai since the 1880's. We have been growing tangerines since the 1920's! Our Sheldon Ranch, situated at the entrance to the Matilija Canyon, provides a unique frost-free microclimate which is perfect for tangerine flavor development. The ranch is surrounded by the Los Padres Forest and abuts the year-round flowing Ventura River. We think it is our prettiest ranch and we hope you can come visit!

Tours offered on the following dates and times in the Spring of 2016:
Saturday, January 16th, 9am 
Saturday, January 30th, 9am 
Saturday, February 13th, 9am -- Get some citrus for Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 17th, 2pm -- Enjoy the orchard with your children over presidents week   
Saturday, March 12th, 9am
Saturday, March 26th, 9am
Wednesday, April 6th, 2pm -- Enjoy the orchard over spring break
Saturday, April 16th, 9am
Saturday, April 30th, 9am 
Folks on a tour of the Sheldon Orchard

 

Click here to sign
up for tours.

 

 

The Schedule:
Arrive at our packinghouse by 9am (or 2pm for the Wednesday afternoon tours).  Hear a little history of our family and farm. Walk through the orchard tasting and picking many varieties of citrus as you go.  Return to the packing-house where you can purchase more fruit to take home with you.  Be on the road by 11:30 (or 4pm for the Wednesday afternoon tours) to get to one of Ojai's fine restaurants for lunch.  

Reserve your spot now.  Space is limited!
Adults $12, children 10yrs and under $7.00 (under 3yrs free).  Price includes tour and tastings of many types of citrus.  U-Pick fruit an additional $2/pound.  Payment made at the end of the tour.

What to bring:
Please wear suitable orchard walking shoes (closed-toe, no sandals or heels).  Bring warm clothes or hat and sunscreen as weather dictates.  If you are bringing small children bring an off-road stroller or backpack.
We are unable to accept credit cards, so please bring cash or check. 


Additional dates, private tours and tours in Spanish are available by request, but keep in mind that we are VERY busy from Feb-May and our priorities lie with taking care of our trees.  It really only makes sense to hold a private tour if you have a group of 20 or so people as we do need to charge for our time which is $100/hour.