APPLE HILL BLOG

Johnny Appleseed Day This Sunday September 20th!

Johnny Appleseed Day This Sunday September 20th!

The Apple Hill Growers look forward to welcoming visitors this fall harvest season. We are committed to making safety a top priority this year.  Farms and wineries are implementing protocols in accordance with California Industry Guidance for COVID-19 operations to...

Locals’ Days- Celebrating our Neighbors

Locals’ Days- Celebrating our Neighbors

The Apple Hill Growers look forward to welcoming visitors this fall harvest season. We are committed to making safety a top priority this year.  Farms and wineries are implementing protocols in accordance with California Industry Guidance for COVID-19 operations to...

Locals Days- Celebrating our Neighbors

Locals Days- Celebrating our Neighbors

The Apple Hill Growers look forward to welcoming visitors this fall harvest season. We are committed to making safety a top priority this year.  Farms and wineries are implementing protocols in accordance with California Industry Guidance for COVID-19 operations to...

Welcome Edio Vineyards!

Welcome Edio Vineyards!

Winegrape growers have been a part of the Apple Hill Growers Association since the 1960s and the first commercial winery, Boeger Winery, opened in 1972. Today, there are nine wineries open, each providing a unique taste of the Sierra Foothills. It turns out that...

You Pick Berry Season is Here!

You Pick Berry Season is Here!

It’s officially summer and what goes better with warm days and sunshine than berries? Patrick’s Berry Farm and Garden grows more than 20 varieties of berries and many other mountain-grown crops. Right now, many of those berries are ready to pick right off the...

Lavender Blue Harvest Days

Lavender Blue Harvest Days

The Apple Hill Growers are celebrating lavender and blueberries at this month’s Lavender Blue Harvest Days on June 20 and 21 and June 27 and 28. These June weekends are the perfect time to visit Apple Hill farms for u-pick experiences, lavender and blueberry treats,...

Apple Hill Wineries Begin to Reopen

Apple Hill Wineries Begin to Reopen

Three Apple Hill wineries begin wine service this month! Apple Hill Growers’ farms and wineries have had to change the way they operate to be in accordance with state and local shelter in place guidelines. Starting this week, area wineries will be able to open for...

Apple Hill Wineries Begin to Reopen

Apple Hill Wineries Begin to Reopen

Three Apple Hill Wineries Begin Wine Service This Month! Apple Hill Growers’ farms and wineries have had to change the way they operate to be in accordance with state and local shelter in place guidelines. Starting this week, area wineries will be able to open for...

Celebrate Mom this Weekend!

Celebrate Mom this Weekend!

Moms are always working overtime, but this year in particular they’re juggling work, home schooling, household management and more. The Apple Hill Growers appreciate this year’s unique challenges and are making it easy to celebrate your mom with a taste of the...

Apple Hill Farms Provide in Pandemic

Apple Hill Farms Provide in Pandemic

While everyone is staying home during this time of crisis, the Apple Hill Growers are still working to make sure families have access to fresh produce, locally made products and wine. Farmers markets and wineries are considered essential businesses, though they’re all...

Many Wineries Stay Open for Pick-up

Many Wineries Stay Open for Pick-up

Apple Hill Wineries Offer Discounts and Shipping Deals. Many wineries remain OPEN! Wine available to purchase; No tastings.  Seasonal farms still closed. While seasonal farms are still closed, the Apple Hill Growers Associaiton wineries are following Governor Newsom’s...

Feature Grower: 24 Carrot Farm

Feature Grower: 24 Carrot Farm

The calendar still says winter but the Apple Hill Growers are busy prepping for spring at their farms, orchards and vineyards. Last year, February/March was particularly cold and snowy. This time around, it’s been unseasonably warm and dry. Farming is a...

Apple Hill Olive Oil Wins International Award

Apple Hill Olive Oil Wins International Award

Collina di Mela Wins Silver Medal at International Olive Oil Competition! This 100% Apple Hill grown olive oil shares honor with top olive oils from around the world. Collina di Mela’s 2019 harvest extra virgin olive oil was named a silver medalist at the 2020 Los...

Fall in Love with Apple Hill

Fall in Love with Apple Hill

Rolling hills, rows of vineyards, perhaps a glimpse of spring buds on fruit trees. The Apple Hill area may be known for its bountiful fall harvest, but the region is on the brink of a spring awakening making it the perfect destination for romance this monthWhile most...

Apple Hill Wine Tasting

Apple Hill Wine Tasting

Winter is the perfect time for wine tasting at our Apple Hill Grower wineries. Cozy up in our tasting rooms or take advantage of those mild sunny days in the winter for a wine picnic! Best part is... we are just off of Highway 50 so if you are Tahoe bound for skiing...

Apple Hill for the Holidays! Who’s open?!

Apple Hill for the Holidays! Who’s open?!

It's time for hot cider, snow and holidays cheer. Yes, we do have some farms open in December and Christmas tree farms to visit as well. You can stock up on pies and wine. Many of our farms have plenty of goodies for presents or stocking stuffers. Here are the farms...

Thank You Sponsors! Christmas Tree Season

Thank You Sponsors! Christmas Tree Season

It's the time of year to be thankful for the beautiful harvest and all of the supporters of the Apple Hill Growers Association. We are a non-profit farming association which now represents over 50 farms, orchards, wineries and cideries. Our association strives to...

November- Best Kept Secret!

November- Best Kept Secret!

Many locals know, November may be the best kept secret for an amazing visit to our Apple Hill Grower Farms. A great time to stock up on holiday pies and enjoy all the fall has to offer... including amazing fall colors, especially the first two weeks of November....

November and Apple Hill Harvest Run

November and Apple Hill Harvest Run

Enjoy all that Apple Hill has to offer going into November including the beautiful fall colors and crisp air. Our crowds thin at the end of October making November one of the best kept secrets! What better way to enjoy Apple Hill goodies than by rewarding yourself...

Hidden Gems, Power Outages and October Travel Tips

Hidden Gems, Power Outages and October Travel Tips

October is here and it is a favorite time to come up to Apple Hill! Weekends are the most popular, but remember lots of the Apple Hill Grower farms are open Monday- Friday so weekdays are an ideal time to experience the fun. We are expecting power outages as part of...

Peak of Apple Season, Go Now!

Peak of Apple Season, Go Now!

Apple Hill Growers orchards are bursting with apples right now. Did you know, we grow nearly two dozen types of apples! Whether you are looking for pre-picked apples or to pick for yourself, it is the perfect time to take a trip to the hill. We find that those that...

Enjoy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Enjoy Johnny Appleseed Day!

It's Johnny Appleseed's Birthday Celebration! Every year the Apple Hill Growers celebrate Johnny Appleseed's Birthday with kids activities PLUS fun for Adults at our wineries. Look for participating Apple Hill Farms and Wineries with things like a SCAVENGER HUNT, KID...

Apple Hill Hard Cider Trail

Apple Hill Hard Cider Trail

Prime apple picking season starts in September, but it’s also the best time to experience apples in a different form – hard cider. The Apple Hill Growers have been producing hard cider for generations and now many farms are offering unique brews that showcase the...

Locals’ Days- We Say Thank You

Locals’ Days- We Say Thank You

Before harvest season is in full swing, the Apple Hill Growers want to show their appreciation to its neighbors for being loyal supporters of its local farms for more than 50 years. From Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8, El Dorado County residents will...

More Farms Opening Soon!

More Farms Opening Soon!

It's here! Time for apples, hay rides, donuts and cider.  More seasonal Apple Hill Grower ranches will continue to open up through Labor Day weekend. See our Cider Press for full details. And if you are up our way, and see apples on the ground already, no worries!...

Apple Season Is Here!

Apple Season Is Here!

It's here! Time for apples, hay rides, donuts and cider.  Now open... the Apple Hill Grower ranches, High Hill Ranch and Abel's Apples Acres,  with more ranches set to open later this month, it is sure to be a fantastic season. And if you are up our way, and see...

You-Pick Season is Here!

You-Pick Season is Here!

Summer is a perfect time to visit for an authentic hands-on farm experience! Our berries, veggies and flowers are at their peak and you-pick season is under way. Ever tried a loganberry or olallieberry? These are just some of the unique varieties offered at Patrick's...

Farm to Fork Dinner-        Final Tickets on Sale!

Farm to Fork Dinner- Final Tickets on Sale!

     Our 50 farms will come together once again for the Apple Hill Growers Farm to Fork dinner pairing wine and produce... grown on our farms! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that Apple Hill has to offer which is more than apples! Did you know stone-fruit...

Blossoms Are Here!

Blossoms Are Here!

Blossom season is here! Take a drive near any of our Apple Hill Grower farms and you'll see our orchards coming to life! Bees are buzzing and the pops of white and pink dot the hillsides.  Currently apple blossoms are in full bloom or just past peak on lower hill...

Sustaining Our Farming Heritage

Sustaining Our Farming Heritage

By Chris Delfino, Delfino Farms, President of the Apple Hill Growers Association. I was raised with six siblings on a farm where we learned from our parents, Edio and Joan Delfino, that the value of hard work and a deep love of the land has a positive impact on the...

Spring Awakening!

Spring Awakening!

Our farms are starting to wake up from their winter slumber! Despite the late chill, Apple Hill is really starting to show its Spring colors! Our apple blossoms are still weeks away from their spectacular beauty, but we are seeing blossoms on the few almond trees...

Stretch Your Wine Knowledge

Stretch Your Wine Knowledge

The best part of tasting in Apple Hill may not even be the beauty of our vineyards in rolling hills and pines, it may be that you have so many opportunities to talk with our winemakers and take away some serious knowledge. Apple Hill Grower wineries offer many events...

Snow, Hail- Nothing Stops Apple Hill Farmers!

Snow, Hail- Nothing Stops Apple Hill Farmers!

Harvesting winter crops in the rain, hail and snow... "It's been great!" says Ben Hanson, farmer and owner of 24 Carrot Farm. No, really he says that...with a smile as hail came down. Show must go on for the Apple Hill farms dealing with this unusually cold and snowy...

Biggest Apple Hill Snow in Years!

Biggest Apple Hill Snow in Years!

Every branch, every vine covered in winter beauty! Snow falls at most of our Apple Hill Grower farms once or twice a season but this February brought the most we've seen in years. It is quite a sight to see some of our favorite farms covered in a blanket of...

Dreamy Apple Hill Weddings

Dreamy Apple Hill Weddings

There are so many reasons to love Apple Hill, the scenic beauty, the authentic farm setting, special times with family and friends… it’s no wonder Apple Hill weddings are gaining popularity. Whether the wedding theme is simple and sophisticated or laid back and...

Thank You For Visiting!

Thank You For Visiting!

Another year has come and gone, and we could not have done it without the fabulous customers and visitors to our Apple Hill Growers!  Your support means the world to us and we hope you will continue to share this special place with your friends and family for years to...

Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

We know this holiday season will be so hard on the people who have lost everything in the Camp Fire. And the road to recovery will be a long one. In December, half of all online sales of the Apple Hill Growers 50th Anniversary cook book will go to help the victims of...

Ready For the Holidays?

Ready For the Holidays?

We are!  Apple Hill Growers are open and ready for families to come pick out their holiday pies, wines, cider, fruit, jams, and CHRISTMAS TREES.  Many farms are still open this month and some into December!  We've still got some Fall colors, Bake Shops, Visits with...

Spend Veteran’s DAY at Apple Hill Growers!

Spend Veteran’s DAY at Apple Hill Growers!

Come celebrate Veteran's Day with the Apple Hill Growers!  Many farms WILL BE OPEN on Monday, November 12th (observance day), and some will have special activities & events this weekend, too CLICK HERE FOR ACTIVITIES.  Many farms and wineries are still open in...

“TURNOVER” a New Leaf at Apple Hill Growers!

“TURNOVER” a New Leaf at Apple Hill Growers!

The apple turnovers and pies are calling your name!! And the pumpkin patches and corn mazes are ready! All the apple farms and wineries are open for you to create fond Fall memories.  Weekdays are an ideal time to come for a more intimate experience with the growers. ...

You Pick Produce Available Now!

You Pick Produce Available Now!

It’s a GREAT time to do a little you-pick at a few of our Apple Hill Growers farms!  Less crowds and traffic!  Items available for you-pick now include Flowers at 24 Carrot Farm, Apples at Denver Dan’s, Apples at Goyette's North Canyon Ranch, Apples, Blackberries and...

Apple Season Official Opening

Apple Season Official Opening

The official season opening for Apple Hill Growers is THIS (Labor Day) weekend!  For some growers the weekend starts with Thursday or Friday! Others open Saturday or Sunday.  Are you eager to enjoy apples, cider, baked goodies, you-pick, and more? To get info for our...

Get Your Summer Produce at Apple Hill Growers!

Get Your Summer Produce at Apple Hill Growers!

Summer is serving up some delicious, high quality local wines, fruits, veggies and more at several of the Apple Hill Growers! Berries, nectarines, peaches, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, and even flowers are ready for you and your family to enjoy from several of...

Wacky Weather and Apple Blossoms?

Wacky Weather and Apple Blossoms?

Yes, we have had warm sunshine, wet rain and even SNOW all within the last few weeks at the ranches!  How will this year bode for buds, blossoms and fruit?  It looks like that will be up to Mother Nature, as each Apple Hill Ranch has its own unique...

Music in the Vineyards

Music in the Vineyards

May 19th, 4:30-7PM Enjoy a relaxing and fun filled evening with live music played by KMC Band in the pavilion. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music amongst the vineyards. There is also Bocce Ball to play as you are enjoying the tunes.

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