15 Best Places for Apple Picking in and around San Francisco

1. Chileno Valley Ranch

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Chileno Valley Ranch is a great destination for your fall adventures. Part organic orchard, part petting zoo, part habitat restoration, Chileno Valley is all fun for everyone. Featuring apple variations like Candy Crisp, Jonagold, Pinova, and Orin, your family has a wide variety of fresh-grown fruits to choose from. Open for farm tours as well, the Valley Ranch gives kids the chance to feed their favorite barnyard friends, and even help gather eggs! Other goods available include their signature grass-fed beef, a popular choice for visitors. The prime time of the picking season usually opens in late August, and tours fill up quickly, so whatever your plan is, it’s best to call soon!

Location: 5105 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma, Ca

Contact: (707) 765-6664

2. Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch

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This pumpkin patch prides itself on kicking off fall the right way. Everything from barbecues, fresh farm stand produce, farm tours, 6-acre pumpkin patches, and you-pick orchards are available at Cardanini’s. Kids can choose their favorite pumpkins and carve or decorate them to bring a cool (or creepy) craft back home. Take a wander through the corn maze free of charge, or play farmer for the day and snap some photos with the public scarecrows and tractors! If you need a snack break, plenty of succulent treats are for sale, including homemade pies, zucchini cake, and pumpkin ravioli. Check out the website for more information, and be sure to call for details.

Location: 2655 High Hill Road, Placerville CA 95667

Hours: Friday – Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Contact: (530) 644-214

3. Bluestone Meadow

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Give your pumpkin picking trip an aromatic flair by visiting Bluestone Meadow, where rows and rows of fresh lavender bushes fill the air with their calming fragrance. Start off in the pumpkin patches, where you can try your strength at choosing any of the 15 lb or more pumpkin varieties like the Challenger, Wolf, Sugar, and New Moon pumpkins. Next, meander over to the lavender rows, where there are currently more than 2,000 French and English lavender cultivars available for picking. The garden offers free lavender care and use seminars, as well as a bath and body boutique if you are looking for gifts. Also, be on the lookout for the 2017 Lavender Festival! Train tours are also available. More information online.

Location: 2025 Carson Road, Placerville CA 95667

Contact: (530) 621-1830 or email info@bluestonemeadow.com

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