Here’s where you can get your apples right from the source!
Autumn is officially here, and some of our favorite seasonal foods are ripe for the pickin’! Apple season peaks in the Bay Area in September and October, so many local orchards are opening their doors for “U Pick,” when people can visit and pick their own apples. Before heading out the door, be sure to call ahead to all of these places for the latest info about Covid restrictions, wildfire risks, hours, and more. These are all working farms which may be subject to changing schedules.
1. Casari Ranch (Valley Ford)
This beautiful ranch has plenty of apple varieties to choose from, including Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Yellow Delicious, and more. They also have pears, plums, and a juicer to make your own juice!
U Pick is available by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4.
Contact them via this form or call (707) 876-1908.
2. EARTHseed Farm (Sebastopol)
This beautiful farm has several apple varieties to choose from, including Golden Delicious, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, and Rome.
U Pick is available on Saturdays from 10am-4pm, and slots open up to reserve on the Tuesday beforehand. There’s a non-refundable entry fee of $25 per group.
Contact them via this form, call (707) 829-0617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch (Sebastopol)
Apple-A-Day has Gravenstein, Roman Beauties, and Golden Delicious available in addition to popcorn, apple bread, cider, and more treats.
U Pick is available by appointment only, with a $10 reservation fee credited toward your final purchase of apples and other treats. Each round of picking costs $2.
Contact them by calling (707) 823-0538 or email email@example.com
4. Gizdich Ranch (Watsonville)
This charming ranch south of Santa Cruz offers a variety of U Pick opportunities throughout the year. Their pie shop is also a must – you can enjoy pie by the slice or take one home freshly baked.
U Pick is available on weekends only starting September 18. Their website does not currently list a reservation requirement, but stay tuned.
Contact them by calling (831) 722-1056.
5. Clearview Orchards (Watsonville)
Clearview Orchards grows organic Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, and Mutsu apples. They also sell fresh apple juice, local honey, lavender goods, apple butter, and their famous “apple popsicles.”
U Pick is available on weekends with a reservation, which you can make here. A $5 ticket will cover 1 vehicle and an hour of apple picking for up to 8 people.
Contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Bonus: Apple Hill Region
This is not one apple orchard, but rather an entire region in the Sierra Nevada Foothills with dozens of farms that are part of the Apple Hill Growers Association. If you’re willing to drive a little further, it’s a great place to check out for everything from U Pick apples, to pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, wineries, B&Bs, and more. The area has been affected by wildfires this summer, so call beforehand or check the respective orchard’s social media for updates.
Want to enjoy fresh apples but can’t make it to the orchard? Consider visiting a farmers’ market!
Check out our list of 10 bountiful farmers’ markets to visit this weekend.