For a sweet taste of Old California, try Saturday's do-it-yourself orange picking at La Verne's Heritage Park.
Right behind the park's 100-year-old Weber House are about 300 citrus trees, most fairly bursting with ripe navel oranges. The entire La Verne area used to be filled with orange and lemon groves, and the self-serve harvest is meant to remind people of that time, as well as to raise money for the park, said Craig Walters, president of the La Verne Heritage Foundation.
In addition to a citrus grove, the park includes a stand of pepper trees, a children's play area, an expansive, centuries-old oak tree, and a World War I vintage barn that houses restroom facilities.
The historic house and barn were moved to the site. The orange trees are the last from an actual grove. They were saved