#2 Double M Farms/ McDowell Hunting Preserve
13161 Grand Island Rd. Walnut Grove 95690
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Produce: pears, peaches, apples, apricots, plums, pluots, nectarines, apriums, pomegranates, mexican avocados, oranges, lemons, mandarins, limes.
Other Products: eggs, BBQ/fire pear wood
Services/Activities: U-Pick Bartlett pears, 5 stand sporting clays
Current major crops include pears and a small specialty fruit orchard. Visitors can stop by for our featured seasonal Bartlett pear U-pick (mid July-mid Aug) and farm stand (year round) offering free-range eggs and pear wood (for BBQing or fireplace) and a variety of fruit throughout the year.
The Bartlett Pear U-Pick in July is a great activity for families, even toddlers, to pick their own fresh, Bartlett pears. Plenty of low branches for kids to reach the pears. Only 25 mins from Elk Grove.
Check website for general fruit variety harvest dates and McDowell Estate on Facebook for current availability.
Know Your Farmer
The McDowell family has been farming on Grand Island since 1947, when Charles Sr. moved his family from Petaluma. Charles Sr. started farming 18 acres of pears, which are now over 100 years old, and 250 acres of row crops. Over the years, the family has grown pears, sugar beets, alfalfa, feed corn, wheat, tomatoes, dried beans, milo, and safflower.
With Michael, the third generation, operating the farm now, major crops include pears. Double M Farms opened its farm to sell direct to the public in the summer of 2011 with picked and U-pick Bartlett pears. For a desire to be able to have a peach every week all summer long, Michael develop his private special collection orchard that has expanded to include hybrid varieties of plums, peaches, cherries, and other stonefruits. A unique fruit to grow in this area are the avocados from the giant centennial avocado tree that towers over the carport. The eggs came about when hatching chicks in a suburban high school developed a large flock of free-range chickens for the McDowells.
When the McDowells noticed a drop in the wild pheasant population on the island, Michael McDowell (Charlie’s grandson) raised pheasants as a high school FFA project in 1991 with 20 pheasants. In 2002 upon returning home from college, he started the hunting preserve. Regular trap shooting throughout the summer started in 2011 to help hunters practice in the off-season. Now the preserve includes 5 breeds of pheasants, chukars, and quail. In 2015, a 5 Stand Sporting Clays range was opened. McDowell Hunting Preserve was closed at the end of 2020 due to Michael’s passing.