While most of my friends and family rue the end of summer, I welcome it with open arms. As a Bay Area transplant, I question if I’ll ever get used to the Sacramento heat, so the start of fall is something I actively choose to celebrate.
Since moving here, it’s become a family tradition to kick off fall by visiting Apple Hill during its opening weekend – usually held over Labor Day. We’ve visited several of the nearly 100 Apple Hill Growers but our family’s favorite is High Hill Ranch. This is a snapshot of our annual pilgrimage up Highway 50:
- Pick up a fresh-baked pie to freeze and enjoy later in the season
At this point, our daughter is usually more than ready for a nap, so we head back to the car. Hopefully this year she’ll have a bit more staying power so we can add a tractor hayride or a pony ride to our itinerary. Before baby, we also stopped by the wine tasting room, but that’s currently out of rotation.
The best part is that this family outing is actually really affordable. Everything at the ranch is reasonably priced and, if we do thoughtfully splurge, we love that we’re supporting a local business or artisan.
Although we’ve visited a handful of other great Apple Hill farms, there are literally dozens more we haven’t explored. Which have you visited? Share your Apple Hill recommendations below.
Happy (Almost) Fall!