Friend's Ranches

Our Store
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:           SORRY, TOURS ARE COMPLETELY BOOKED

We have been overwhelmingly busy this year and our tours have all filled for the season.  The overly warm weather of February and March ripened fruit faster than most years and our Sheldon Ranch fruit has mostly been harvested.  With any luck the spring of 2016 will bring a cooler, wetter spring and we can host more of you on our ranch. 

Come take a stroll with us through our orchard, taste what's in season, visit 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 2015:

Saturday, April 4th, 9am  -- Sorry, tour full-- overbooked
Saturday, April 18th, 9am
-- Sorry, tour full -- overbooked

Folks on a tour of the Sheldon Orchard

Arrive at our packinghouse at 9am (or 2pm for the Wednesday afternoon tours).  Hear a little history of our family and farm. Walk through the orchard tasting and picking as you go.  Return to the packing-house where you can purchase more fruit or arrange to have gift boxes shipped to your friends and family. 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 by filling out the form below.  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 walking shoes.  Bring warm clothes or hat and sunscreen as weather dictates.  If you are bringing small children bring an off-road stroller or backpack.  Bring addresses of friends and family to send fruit to!  
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. 

 

July, 2013 Time flies– happy summer!

The summer seems to be flying by; the youngest members of the family have been busy all summer; nobody needs naps anymore, so many long days playing in the orchard,...