The Oak Glen area is a neat place to visit if you are "cityfolk". There are orchards, restaurants, and little shops. If you are from someplace where farms are the norm you may not be as impressed as the rest of us. Now on to specifics about Riley's.
The hubby and I went on an apple picking adventure today. We had done this once before and had a wonderful time. We knew to expect to pay $8 for a tiny bag of u-pick apples and we knew everything else was likewise pricey. What we did not know was that October is crazy busy time at Riley's. All the orchards and attractions were extremely full today, but Riley's was just ridiculous. Parking was near impossible to find and took forever to get in and out of due to the droves of people trying to get to Riley's. Then we stood in a giant line to buy our admission and bags (both of which you must have in order to enetr the orchard). They opened up some lines behind us and then put a hold on any more admittance to the apple orchards. Translation, the people that were at the back of the line got to go pick apples and those of us that were towards the front (because we'd been waiting for a long time), basically got screwed. The announcement (by one person with no microphone and talking just slightly louder than normal speech) was made a few times that there was a hold on apple picking for the time being and that people could pick strawberries, pumkins, or flowers instead OR if you waned to wait for an undetermined amount of time you may be able to pick apples later. We opted to wait, since we were meeting family there for the purpose of picking apples. The announcement was made continuously that if you waited in one particular area you would be helped first should apple picking resume. A handful of people, waited as did we, in the specified area. About 40 minutes later apple picking resumed. However instead of taking those of us who waited into a particular line and helping us in the same order we'd waited in, they let us loose into the lines of people who were waiting to buy things from the store or had opted to pick something different. So...we made it apple picking after-all but were aggravated to find that othere people who had not opted to wait were helped before those of us that had waited a long time already (twice).
So in conclusion, Riley's is a neat place to go if you can figure out when no one else is there. This situation was mishandled every way possible. We learned from many people who live/work in the area that October is always madness there. In my opinion Riley's should therefore have a betterplan by now. Go in early September or else go to one one of the small orchards near by.
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