Orchard Tours & Store Hours
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. 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 at Ojai's premium locally owned grocers: Westridge Market 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, 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 2017:
March -- sorry, all March TOURS FULL
Wednesday April 5th 9am -- Something to do with the kids on Spring break
Saturday April 15th 9am -- Make tangerines part of your Easter weekend
Saturday April 22nd 9am -- Earth day, we will look at the soil
Saturday, April 29th, 9am -- Learn about trees the day after Arbor day
Saturday May 13th 9am -- The last tour for 2017
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.