One of my all time favorite places in Las Vegas for picking fruits and vegetables is Gilcrease Orchard. My parents first took me there when I first moved to town 20 years ago and I remember picking apples with my brother and enjoying a fun day at this Orchard. Being from Ohio, it was such a great taste of home to be in a beautiful orchard picking fresh produce. The Orchard has grown and changed over the years, but a 60 acre patch of the most fertile farming land in Las Vegas still remains. Developed on a natural artesian spring, this unique piece of land has been preserved for over 90 years, and they share this special place with the community.
The Gilcrease family has a beautiful history (full story is on their website) and created this dream that Gilcrease Orchard would be a place where families could bring their children and enjoy of sampling of the kind of life that the (Gilcrease) brothers knew.
My first experience taking my son to the Orchard was in the fall of 2009, when he was only 7 months old, at the opening of their Pumpkin Patch. We’ve made a tradition out of it and now go every year to the opening of the Pumpkin Patch. My son loves Gilcrease Orchard and embraces the experience. He loves learning about the fruits and vegetables and especially being able to select and pick them himself. We always come home with such an abundance of beautiful fresh food. We now visit Gilcrease every couple of months and love to pick all of the seasonal produce.
Gilcrease Orchard is only open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Their website lists the produce that is available during the season. www.thegilcreaseorchard.org