Apple Hill™ is known for its apple farms and family-friendly activities in the fall. Comprised of more than 50 ranches, the Apple Hill Growers Association (Apple Hill™ ) provides farm fresh fruit and vegetables, baked and canned goods, and crafts and entertainment. Most of the Apple Farms open their doors Labor Day weekend through December. But the rest of year you can find unique agricultural adventures and locally grown products down these bountiful backroads. Christmas Tree farms usually open Thanksgiving weekend but a few will open the week before. In the spring and summer berry farms and lavender farms open their doors. Wineries are open year round.
The Apple Hill Growers look forward to welcoming visitors this harvest season. While this year will be different than years past, guests will still be able to enjoy the same, freshly harvested fall fruits and vegetables, mouth-watering baked goods, and award-winning wines. Grower farms continue to work with county officials to maximize the health and safety of all guests and employees.
Farms and wineries are implementing protocols in accordance with California Industry Guidance for COVID-19 operations. There are a few tips that every visitor should know while planning their visit.
- Masks are required. Guests and employees will be wearing them.
- Please consider keeping groups to household members only.
- Businesses have been configured to allow for appropriate social distancing in all areas, including additional sanitation measures.
- Businesses are implementing safe payment options.
- Some farms and wineries are taking reservations for visits and you-pick activities, so call ahead to be sure.
On the busiest weekends in October, there may be additional distancing measures in place. It’s always a good reminder that most Apple Hill farms open around Labor Day and are open well into November so you can visit throughout the season and avoid peak visiting times on October weekends! Weekdays are an ideal time to enjoy fall fruits including apples and pumpkins, pies, apple cider, and wine.
As you make your plans to visit, consider checking Apple Hill farm and ranch websites, social media, or call ahead for any last-minute details to ensure a fun and successful experience.
See more at the Apple Hill website.
A Word on Parking and Traffic
When October rolls around, we all know what that means in the eastern part of El Dorado County: Apples, donuts, pies, cider, pumpkins, hayrides, and all kinds of fun for everyone in and around Camino. But sometimes all that fun comes with a little too much….traffic! We strongly recommend you consider a trip to the apple ranches before then since many of the apple orchards and vendors are open by the end of August. Avoid the crush and plan to visit before October… or during the week!