(Yucaipa), CA - The smell of apple butter is in the air
during this crisp, fall season out on the ranch.
Rileys at Los Rios Rancho
pays tribute to a delicious spread made from fresh
harvest apples during California's apple season each
There's no better
place or way to honor tradition than at this historic
California rancho, with its 4th annual Apple Butter
Festival held Thanksgiving weekend. (The event will be held
each year after Thanksgiving Day, unless otherwise
Making apple butter has been a long tradition spanning
several hundred years in America. Pioneer families made
apple butter from the last of the season's crop. When
canned properly, it lasts longer than applesauce and
makes a fantastic gift or family treat. In colonial
times apple butter was a practical way to preserve the
apples throughout the year and a pleasurable way to
preserve community spirit.
Families are invited to share the tradition on
Thanksgiving weekend at Rileys at Los Rios Rancho.
Hands-on demonstrations of apple butter making in a big
copper kettle outdoors, visitors can "start the snitz"
and "add the money". If you don't know what that means,
you will learn on a visit to the farm. There will
be pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and
other fun activities rekindling memories of a simpler
Lighting of the Ranch at dusk, when the giant pines at
the Los Rios Rancho entrance will be illuminated to
welcome in the Christmas season occurs on Saturday
evening. An old-fashioned hoedown Saturday night will
feature music by the Riley's Mountaineer Band.
The Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Festival
admission is free (small fees for some activities).
Tickets are required for the hoedown on Saturday night
and include a supper of Pumpkin Bread and Harvest Soup.
For information, or to purchase hoedown tickets, log on
to www.losriosrancho.com or
Call (909) 797-1005.
Oak Glen and
Los Rios Rancho's Family Album new book release:
local author, pays tribute to Oak Glen and Los Rios
Rancho a close-knit community. Approx. 200 vintage
images preserve memories of the community, offering a
sense of crawling through a window to the past.
Highlights of Oak Glen and Los Rios Rancho includee:
History, early settlers and pioneer ranches. Pictures
private collections, the Glen's journey from agriculture
to agritourism, and from a purely farming community to
Southern California destination events planning and
marketing. The book is available at Los Rios Rancho,
bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line
retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at
(888)-313-2665 or arcadiapublishing.com.