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The area known as the Inland Empire covers more than 27,000 miles of Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario metropolitan areas. The Inland Empire has a rapidly growing population which has resulted in a bounty of developed areas. Thankfully, despite the huge building growth, there are many pockets of undisturbed land with real working farms where you can see animals and produce in a real working environment. Here is a guide to the best working farms the Inland Empire has to offer.

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DeJong’s Dairy Farm

31910 Corydon Rd
Wildomar, CA 92595
(951) 674-2910
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Located directly adjacent to Elsinore Lake is a real working Dairy Farm. DeJong’s has been operating in Wildomar since 1958 and the dairy cows produce over 500 gallons of milk a day. School tours and other tours are available in the spring of the cows and milk production. What is the best part of the tour? When the tour is over you get chocolate milk and cookies! Milk, Chocolate and other dairy products are sold in their store. There are also chickens, pigs, goats and even a peacock and food available to feed them.

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Temecula Berry Co

39700 Cantrell Road
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 225-5552
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Tucked within the heart of the Temecula Wine Country is a one of a kind farm that is dedicated to producing blueberries. Only open from mid-May until their berries-that-are-blue are no longer plenty (usually sometime in late June/early July), this farm is a popular day trip destination. The farm is open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm and the blueberries are sold for only $5.00 per pint. Every Friday night is family movie night at 8pm – all are invited to bring dinner, chairs and pick some blueberries before the movie showing and have a great time.

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Riley’s Farm

12261 S. Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, California 92399
(909) 797-7534
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Most well-known as a working apple orchard, many would be surprised to hear that this colonial themed farm also produces pumpkins, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, watermelon, cherries and vegetables. All fruits and vegetables are available for the picking at the height of their ripe season. The 55 acre portion of land that is open to the public is dedicated to representing American Colonial past. Tours are available for teachers to introduce their pupils to Revolutionary War Adventures, Civil War, Gold Mining and more.

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Amy’s Farm

7698 Eucalyptus Avenue
Ontario, CA 91762
(909) 393-2936
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Located in the city of Ontario is a real working organic, poly-cultural farm that is dedicated to sustainability education and healthy living. Every Saturday, the farm stand is open to purchase of fruits and vegetables. Friendly guided tours of the farm are available Monday through Friday year-round for school aged kids with lots of hands on opportunities and loads of education. During the spring, many kids get to pet newborn chicks, bunnies and goats (hello picture opportunities!). Take a trip to Ontario to really experience farm life.

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Namaste Farms

34355 De Portola Road
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 816-0938
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Namaste Farms is owned by the Redding family and is dedicated to ethical raising of fiber producing animals. The sheep program focuses on rare breeds such as Wensleydale Longwool’s and Gotland’s. They also have Pygora goats, colored Angora and white Angora goats. The wool and other fibers this farm produces are out of this world. Tours of the beautiful farm grounds are available through reservation.

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