Head to Apple Hill for Lavender and Blueberries at This Month’s Harvest Days
Camino, CA (June 1, 2023) – The farms of the Apple Hill Growers are known for their amazing apple crop, but the area produces much more, including wine grapes, stone fruit, and a variety of vegetables. A few that might come as a surprise are lavender and blueberries and at this time of year purple and blue blooms transform the fields in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
The Apple Hill Growers are celebrating both crops at this month’s Lavender Blue Harvest Days on June 17 & 18 and June 24 & 25. We have extended the festivities and added another weekend to this year’s event- July 1 & 2, 2023. These sunny June & July weekends are the perfect time to visit Apple Hill farms for u-pick experiences, lavender and blueberry treats, crafts, artisan products and more.
The lavender harvest will be on full display at Bluestone Meadow Farm. Guests will be able to cut and make their own lavender bouquets, wreaths, wands or critters. An array of locally made products, including essential oils, soaps and lotions, will be available for sale. Families can enjoy a wander through the Lavender Labyrinth and Kid Zone. The Lavender Answer Guy will be on hand to answer questions about growing and using this wonderful flower. Don’t forget to stop by the SMUD booth too! SMUD, a sponsor of the event, will be on hand to help visitors make their summer plans with a guide to the Crystal Basin Recreation Area’s campgrounds, lakes and trails.
Other area farms will be sharing the Lavender Blue love with special events on both weekends:
Boeger Winery: The tasting room will be open for samples of a lavender infused wine cocktail.
Delfino Farms & Edio Vineyards: Joan’s Apple Bakery will be selling strawberry rhubarb, strawberry, cherry and blueberry desserts. Edio Vineyards will be open for wine tastings by reservation.
Fenton Herriot Vineyards: The tasting room will feature a “Bottle Your Own” event.
Grandpa’s Cellar: The farm will be serving Grandpa’s Classic coffee flight, a lavender flight, lavender lemonade slushees, lavender blackberry peach crisps (regular & gluten free), honey lavender cookies and lavender caramel apples.
Harris Family Farm: Irene’s Kitchen will be serving up lavender mini donuts, lavender lemonade and a variety of lavender and blueberry pastries.
Hidden Star Camino: The bakery will feature blueberry and lavender inspired pastries, and hard cider in the barn.
Jack Russell Brewery, Winery & Farm- Serving Lavender Lemonade Hard Cider Slushies, Blueberry Cyzer, Blueberry Mead and Blueberry Lavender Ale.
Lava Cap Winery: Enjoy a glass of wine in their lavender covered garden.
Madroña Vineyards: The tasting room will be open longer hours both weekends, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pine-O-Mine Ranch: The ranch will be serving food, shakes and blueberry lemonade that can be enjoyed in their picnic area.
Ponderosa Ridge Bed & Breakfast: Extend your visit with an overnight stay and guests will receive 15% off the room rate and be treated to blueberry pancakes and a lavender gift bag with promo code LAVENDER.
Rainbow Camino Ridge :You-Pick Blueberries July 1& 2, and July 8 & 9. 7am-12pm. Reservations required.
Rucksack Cellars: The outdoor tasting room will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy 2 for 1 tastings during Lavender Blue Days
Smokey Ridge Farmstand & Winery: The tasting room will provide lavender infused rosé sangria, a special seasonal recipe.
24Carrot Farm: Stop by for plant starts and seasonal organic produce.
Wofford Acres Vineyards: The tasting room is offering a 15% discount on all wine purchases with the mention of Lavender Blue Days. Reservations are recommended.
Reservations for Bluestone Meadow are recommended and can easily be made online. Admission is $5 per car. This year, the harvest days will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.