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Wonders of Winter – p. 35 Spring is in the Air – p. 9

Beat the Summer Heat – p. 13

Your Official Bountiful Fall – p. 27

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Guide to Apple Hill®

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Major Routes to the Apple Hill® Area see map to ranches - center of Cider Press

The Apple Hill® Growers Association is proud to announce our presence in the facebook world. We look forward to giving our visitors and friends timely information about what’s going on throughout the year. Thank you for following us on facebook and we hope you have a great visit this year!

Do ranches take credit/debit cards? Apple Hill® Ranches

A lot do, and if not, you can visit ATMs at Jack Russell Farm Brewery and Winery, High Hill Ranch, the Chevron Station at the Camino exit off Hwy 50, and at banks in Pollock Pines and Placerville. So, as we say up here, “Come soon, come often and enjoy your visit!”

Local Advertiser Index Advertiser

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Annieberries Children’s Boutique Apple Blossom Coffee House Apple Hill Harvest Run Best Western Plus Placerville Inn Best Western Stagecoach Inn Cal Star Camino Hotel Bed & Breakfast Dedrick’s Main Street Cheese Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast Forester Pub & Grill Gold Country Artists’ Gallery Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine Heyday Café & Wine Bar Hog Wild BBQ The Independent Restaurant & Bar Pampering Pickle Placerville Fruit Growers Association Placerville Hardware Placerville News Company Randolph Jewelers Sierra Gold Graphics Sly Park Recreation Area Snowline Hospice Subway Whole Foods Market Wine Country Station Winterhill Olive Oil Zia’s Italian Gelato, Caffé & Wine Bar

(530) 626-1444 www.annieberries.com (530) 644-0284 Facebook.com/AppleBlossomCoffeeHouse (916) 492-8966 www.applehillrun.org (530) 622-9100 www.bwplacervilleinn.com www.bestwesterncalifornia.com/pollockpines.html (530) 644-2029 (888) 207-LIFE (5433) www.calstar.org (530) 644-1800 www.caminohotel.com (530) 344-8282 www.Dedrickscheese.com (530) 621-0901/(866) 914-8445 www.EdenValeInn.com (530) 644-1818 www.foresterpub.com (530) 642-2944 www.goldcountryartistsgallery.com (530) 642-5207 www.goldbugpark.org (530) 626-9700 www.heydaycafe.com (530) 622-3883 www.hogwildbbqca.com (530) 344-7645 www.IndependentPlacerville.com (530) 344-7451 www.PamperingPickle.com (530) 622-2640 www.placervillefruitgrowers.com (530) 622-1151 (530) 622-4510 www.pvillenews.com (530) 622-3787 www.randolphsjewelry.com (530) 622-4500 sierragoldgraphics@sbcglobal.net (530) 295-6810 www.eid.org (530) 647-2703 www.snowlinehospice.org (530) 303-3559 (916) 984-8500 (Folsom Market) Facebook.com/WFMFolsom ((530) 644-2199 (530) 626-6369 www.winterhillfarms.com (530) 642-ZIAS (9427) www.ziasgelato.com

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Please support the businesses advertised in this publication. For information on advertising in the Apple Hill® Cider Press, contact Apple Hill® Growers at: www.applehill.com or (530) 644-7692

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BAKE SHOP HOMEMADES HOT Cider Donuts Peach, Berry & Apple Cobblers Peach, Berry, Apple Pies and Pies Petite. Apple Crisp Apple Cream Cheese Tart Jams, Butters, Syrups, Vinegars

APPLE BARN Blueberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples, Pears

PIPER'S PUMPKIN PATCH Over 30 varieties of heirloom winter squash, pumpkins, and Indian corn.

PREMIUM WINES Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, and Chardonnay

CRAFTS & BBQ Weekends, Sept. 29–October 28 & Veteran's Day

SLATE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS BAND Sundays, Oct. 7-Oct. 28

BENEFIT EVENTS Cowboys & Cornbread —July 21 Art in the Orchard – Sept. 8 & 9 Teddy Bear Picnic – Sept. 15

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RAINBOW ORCHARDS CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKETS TUESDAY: Alameda, Concord, Crocker Galleria WEDNESDAY: Castro, Corte Madera, Pacifica, SF Civic Center, Upper Haight THURSDAY: Benicia, Concord, Crocker Galleria, Daly City FRIDAY: Old Oakland

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SATURDAY: Alemany, Diablo Valley, El Cerrito, Fillmore, Grand Lake, San Mateo, Saratoga, Sunnyvale SUNDAY: Blossom Hill, Campbell, Divisidero, Fort Mason, Inner Sunset, Marin Civic Center, Montclair, Mountain View, Palo Alto, SF Civic Center, Stonestown Galleria, Temescal, Walnut Creek

BARKLEY & LARSEN DR. • 644-1594 www.rainboworchards.co

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First Timer Q & A

Your Slice of the Pie Welcome to the 48th anniversary season of the Apple Hill® Growers Association. Founded in 1964 to promote family apple farms, Apple Hill® was originally all about apples. Now, decades later, when our visitors think “Apple Hill®”, they often think “Mom and apple pie”. This season we ask you to think again. As the picture and theme on the cover of this year’s Cider Press illustrate, the “pie” is now cut into many different “slices”. Apple Hill® has grown into “Apples and So Much More”! Today the pie contains not only apples but also berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, persimmons, nuts, pumpkins and winter squash, organics, olive oil, wines, beers, ciders, Christmas trees, vegetables, and flowers. With our expansion to include all these additional products, the accompanying activities and events around the “Hill” have also expanded to include arts, cuisine, weddings, and “So Much More”! Christa Campbell

This year’s Cider Press is designed to make it easy to locate all the pieces of the pie. Colored tabs in the middle of the publication will guide you to pages highlighting products, events, and activities in each season. Pick the blue tab for “The Wonders of Winter”. Pick the green tab for “Spring is in the Air”. Pick the yellow tab for “Beat the Summer Heat”. Pick the brown tab for “Bountiful Fall”. Seasonal information is right at your fingertips! While we are much more than apples, when you think “Apple Hill®” we still want you to remember “Mom”! After 48 years, the moms, the grandmas, and the great grandmas are still in the kitchens and cellars concocting those perennial Apple Hill® favorites. Alongside them, the multiple generations of family members continue raising the crops and welcoming visitors with the hospitality that is an Apple Hill® trademark. Even with the decades of changes, Apple Hill® remains a community of small family farms that welcomes you to share the simple pleasures of our homegrown harvests. So let’s have “pie”! Come often and sample every “piece”. Christa K. Campbell, President Apple Hill® Growers Association

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Never visited our ranches before? Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit… You keep hearing, “You gotta visit Apple Hill®.” Everyone at work tells you about the mouth-watering produce, bakeshop delicacies, superb beers and wines, You-Pick farms, gorgeous Christmas trees----and on it goes. You know you want to visit, but what is Apple Hill® really- --and what do you do when you get there? There’s a lot going on, but dive right on in. Armed with the answers to the following questions, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and find your experience a lot of fun!!!

What and Where is Apple Hill®?

It’s a group of ranches-- -not one ranch and not a geographical area. Our ranches are so proud of what we do that we trademarked the words “Apple Hill®” so that only our members can use them. The ranches listed in the Cider Press are the only area businesses that are “Apple Hill®”. The ranches are just east of Placerville and west of Pollock Pines (halfway between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe) on the north side of Highway 50.

When are the Apple Hill® ranches open?

Short answer: all year long! Long answer: Boa Vista Orchards, Jack Russell Farm Brewery, Time Out Spa and the Association wineries are open year ‘round. High Sierra Iris and Wedding Gardens is magnificent in May and the ranches that grow berries and vegetables are open June through the summer (and some even in the fall). Most apple barns and bakeshops open Labor Day weekend and stay open as long as they have fruit available (Mother Nature is in charge here). Christmas Tree farms are all open the day after Thanksgiving (some the weekend before). Use www.applehill.com and our publication, the Cider Press, to find individual ranch hours and activities; they vary as each operates as an independent business. Please see First-Timer, page 14

Apple Hill® Growers Mission Statement The Apple Hill® Growers shall promote and advertise the ranch marketing of Apple Hill® agricultural products. The Apple Hill® Growers shall work to establish a reputation for the high, inherent quality of Apple Hill® agricultural products in both the wholesale and retail markets. The Apple Hill® Growers shall work to maintain and accentuate the natural beauty and rural atmosphere of the “Apple Hill® Scenic Drive.” (Apple Hill® Drive on Caltrans signs.) The Apple Hill® Growers, individually and collectively, shall strive to improve the growing, harvesting, packaging, storage and presentation for sale of Apple Hill® agricultural products.

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About the Cider Press The Apple Hill Cider Press is published yearly by the Apple Hill® Growers Association, Inc., a non-profit organization. The Cider Press is the only authorized guide of the Apple Hill® Growers. It may be found at Apple Hill® ranches, selected merchants, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce offices and locations along the Highway 50 corridor. For advertising or sponsorship information contact the Apple Hill® Growers at (530) 644-7692, P. O. Box 494, Camino, CA 95709. Or e-mail us at info@applehill.com If you would like to order copies of The Apple Hill® Cider Press please include your address along with $2.00 per copy requested to cover postage costs. Apple Hill® Growers President: Christa Campbell Publications Committee: Chairman: Robyn Delfino. Members: Christa Campbell, Joan Delfino, John and Gail Palmer, Ann Wofford. Apple Hill® Executive Director: Ann Wofford Finance: John Palmer Advertising: Robyn Delfino Contributing Photographer: Bill Scales Writing: Maryann Argyres, Christa Campbell, Joan Delfino, Beth Jones, Gail Palmer, and Ann Wofford. Production and Design: Image Factory Published for Apple Hill® Growers by Image Factory image_factory@comcast.net (530) 622-4524

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Kid Specific Activities page 8

Spring

Spring is in the Air page 9

Norma Brubaker Scholarship page 10

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Welcome New Ranches page 11

Summer

Beat the Summer Heat! page 13

Apple Hill® Maps and Guides pages 18-24

Fall

Summer

Bountiful Fall!

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Free Shuttle Service page 28

2011 Apple Hill® Harvest Run page 29

Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday page 30

Fall

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Area Lodging and Dining page 31

Apple Hill® Office

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Downtown Placerville page 32-33

(530) 644-7692 Thanks to all of our advertisers and Apple Hill® member growers for making this publication a success. Copyright © 2012 Apple Hill® Growers Association, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of maps, listings or editorial content is prohibited without written permission. Neither the advertiser nor the publisher is liable for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors which may appear in this publication. Apple Hill® is a registered trademark of the Apple Hill®

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~ A Delfino Family Business ~ Home Style Bake Shop • Farm Animals • Grassy Picnic Area Nature Trail • Apples • Pumpkins • Christmas Trees

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Gift Shop • The Famous Hill Grill

nce upon a time, there lived a farmer and his wife. They loved their farm and planted many apple trees and lots of flowers. They had seven kids. The kids worked on the farm with the farmer and his wife. They milked the cow; they fed the chickens, rabbits, goats and pigs. They rode the pony. They had a dog named Beau (and a few others along the way). They ate dinner together every night when the farmer came in from working outside. Over the years, many visitors came to their farm to buy apple pie, apples and pumpkins and to enjoy the beauty of the farm.

The farmer and his wife taught their kids many important things. The farmer always said, “It’s important that you make a positive impact on society.” He also said, “It’s important to work hard.” The farmer’s wife worked hard, not only to make a great life for her family, but also to help her neighbors and others in the community. She taught lessons to the kids by example. The family went to church every Sunday. When the kids were growing up, the farmer and his wife always took care of their own parents, making sure they had a roof over their heads and a happy family around them.

Pie Shop

Experience the Difference!

Opening Labor Day Weekend! Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 9am-5pm THANKSGIVING WEEK BAKE SHOP OPEN Wednesday, Friday Saturday and Sunday Call ahead for Special Orders For Kids Inc Desserts Year-Round visit the …

Apple Blossom Coffee Camino California House

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All our desserts are made from scratch and by hand and with fresh fruit grown here at our ranch!

Look for KIDS INC. at Farmers' Markets Beginning June 1st

Always on our Bake Shop Menu

Farmhouse Pie • French Apple Pie Walkin’ Pie • Apple Crisp Blackberry Sour Cream Pie Apple Hill Cake • Georgia Cake Creamy Pumpkin Pie Apple Cheesecake • Apple Empanadas

Edio and Joan Delfino The seven kids of the farmer and his wife grew and grew. They each made a positive impact on society. They worked hard. They helped people in their communities. They loved their own parents. The kids sometimes got angry with each other, but they never forgot the importance of “family”. Like everybody else, the farmer and his wife sometimes had problems and heartache. But on their farm in Camino, with their apple trees, lots of flowers and their animals, and with their kids, grandkids, and great grandkids visiting often, the farmer and his wife lived happily after.

Fami Even ly ts! Art-in-the-Orchard

September 8-9, 2012 LIVE Music

Kids Weekend & Johnny Appleseed Birthday Celebration Sat/Sun, Sept. 22-23, 2012 Lots of fun activities for kids. LIVE Music. No charge for participation. Early Bird Weekend September 29-30, 2012 Beat the Crowds! Last weekend to get a Blackberry Sour-Cream Pie! LIVE Music. Nevada Day Free a la mode ice cream for Nevada residents. Open Columbus Day Veterans Day Live Music. Free a la mode ice cream for US Veterans.

3205 North Canyon Road, Camino, CA • (530) 622-0184 • Opening Labor Day Weekend For history, events and ranch features check out our website: www.kidsincapples.com

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Kids’ Activities 2012

Fun for the whole family #38 Abel’s Apple Acres 626-0138 Lead-Line Horse/Pony Rides: Weekends, weather permitting. Charge Hay-Bale Maze: Weekends, weather permitting. Charge Johnny Appleseed’s Measuring Tree: Free Photo-Op Cutouts: School bus, pumpkin, witch, ghost, pony, cows, apple. Free Field Trips: By appointment: 676-5317. Charge #20 Apple Ridge Farms 647-0613 Petting Zoo: Daily. Free Feed the Animals: Daily. Charge Hay-Bale Maze: Daily. Charge Nature Trail: Walk to neighboring farms. Daily. Free Field Trips: Mon.--Thurs., by appointment. Charge You-Pick Pumpkin Patch: Late Sept.--Oct. Charge #22 Argyres Orchard 644-3862 You-Pick Apples & Concord Grapes: Weekends in Oct., 10 a.m.--4 p.m. Call for ripening dates. Charge #56 Bluestone Meadow www.bluestonemeadow.com You-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Train, & Puppet Theater: Weekends in Oct., 9 a.m.--4 p.m. Charge #42 Cardinini’s Pumpkin Patch 644-2140 You-Pick Pumpkin Patch, & Corn Maze: Fri.--Sun. in Oct., 9 a.m.--5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment. Charge #14 Denver Dan’s Apple Patch 644 -6881 You-Pick Apples: Daily until sold out. Charge Cookin’ Kids & Adults: Mon.--Fri., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., by reservation. Minimum--5, maximum--20. Charge Apple-Wreath Making: Mon.--Fri., 1 p.m., by reservation. Charge Orchard & Barn Tours: Mon.--Fri., 1 p.m., by reservation. Minimum--5. Charge Face Painting: Weekends in Oct. Charge Sara’s Animals: Saturdays. Free Pony Rides: Weekends. Information: 644-9929. Charge Al’s Apple Slinkies: Weekends, Sept.-Thanksgiving. Free 8

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#19 El Dorado Orchards 642-1222 Hands-On Crafts: Fri.--Sun. Charge Train Rides: Fri.--Sun.,10 a.m.--5 p.m., weather permitting. Charge Field Trips: Weekdays by appointment: 622-5522 (Boa Vista Orchards). Charge #40 Fudge Factory Farm 644-3492. Candy-Making Workshops: Weekends or by appointment. Charge Birthday Parties: By appointment. Charge Play Area: Daily. Free Samples: Daily. Free #21 Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch 622-9299 You-Pick Apples & Pumpkins: Sat. & Sun., Sept.--Nov. Charge #17 Grandpa’s Cellar 644-2153. Educational Nature-Trail: Walk to neighboring farms. Daily. Free Educational Tours: Wed.--Fri., by appointment. Charge Pottery-Making Demonstrations: Weekends in Oct. Free Face Painting: Weekends in Oct. Charge Pet an Emu: Weekends in Oct. Free Haunted Nature-Trail: Oct 27-31, weather permitting. Suitable for young children. Free #15 Hangtown Kid Apple Orchard 647-1810 You-Pick: Cherries, peaches, pears, apples, persimmons. Call for ripening dates. Charge You-Pick Pumpkin Patch: Cut your pumpkin off the vine. Charge Photo-Op: Hay bale with GIANT pumpkin & scarecrows, apple & worm cutout. Free Chestnut Fun: Learn how chestnuts grow. Mid Oct.--Nov. Free #84 Harris Tree Farm 644-2194 Nature Trail: June--Dec. Free Scavenger Hunt: June--Dec. Free You-Pick Pumpkins: Sept.--Oct. Charge #1 High Hill Ranch 644-1973. Fishing: Daily. Charge School Field-Trips: Mon.--Fri., by appointment. Charge Pony Rides: Fri.--Sun. Charge Hay Rides: Weekends. Charge Face Painting: Weekends. Charge

#29 High Sierra Iris & Wedding Gardens 642-1222 Pony-Ride Birthday Parties: Mon.--Thurs., May--Sept., by reservation. Charge #5 Kids Inc 622-0184 Mini-Pumpkin Decorating: Weekends in Sept. Charge Farm Animals: Free Nature Trail: Free You-Pick Pumpkins: Charge Corn Maze: Weekends. Charge School Tours: Mon. & Fri., by appointment. Charge #9 Larsen Apple Barn 644-1415 Family Pioneer-Museum: Sun.--Fri., 10 a.m.--4 p.m. Free #23 Mill View Ranch 647-1789 You-Pick Pumpkin Patch: Daily. Charge Photo-Op: Among the pumpkins & hay bales. Free #41 Pine O’ Mine 344-0288 You-Pick: Blueberries, raspberries, apples and pumpkins. Daily, according to product season. Charge Play Area: Daily. Free. Photo-Op: Seasonal wagon. Free #10 Rainbow Orchards 644-1594 Hay-Bale Walk-a-Crooked-Mile: Daily. Free Piper’s Pumpkins: Photo-op with over 30 varieties of heirloom squash and pumpkins. Daily, Sept.--Nov. Free #28 Sun Mountain Farm 621-3740. Weekends, or weekdays by appointment. You-Pick Apples: Mid-Sept.--early Nov. Charge You-Pick Pumpkins: October. Charge You-Pick Blueberries: June. Charge

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Spring is in the Air at Apple Hill® Ranches

bloom—what a sight! For the last three It’s the best kept secret when it years, the Apple Hill® Growers have comes to places to go in the Spring! encouraged visitors to share in the The Apple Hill® Growers area comes beauty of our area and enjoy fun alive with daffodils, dogwood blooms, 01 :Layout 1 2/23/12 8:36 AM Page 1 activities at the wineries, orchards and and, of course, apple blossoms. March the brewery. We call it “Apple Blossom is the perfect time to drive along the Days” and on April 28th and April 29th, scenic roads and escape the chilly days 2012, the growers are by visiting the eight Apple Hill® celebrating the season Growers with a Recipe TreasureWinery and Hunt. By the end of the Brewery tasting Ad Rep: Kelly __________521213 weekend, area visitors rooms–all Artist: CK pu ad___Size:will 1/4 pg have a book full of within a sixChanges: wonderful Apple Hill® mile radius. In (530) the 622-1255 Fax: (530) 622-7894 Growers recipes! On 1970’s,•blind File Name: 02.29.12_TimeOutSpa_ADV Saturday of Apple tastings were emocrat graphics / Clients / SS / Adventures / Ads Blossom weekend, conducted at UC many enjoy the and winesA proof is provided to avoid printing errors & to show the arrangement TISERS: PLEASE Davis READ CAREFULLY! of composition. Mark all corrections with a pen. We cannot be responsible for printing errors not corrected on the proof. outdoors by registering for the made with El Apple Blossom Trail Run/Walk. The trails Dorado County grapes were rated meander through our beautiful vineyards among the highest in all of California! and orchards. Whole Foods Market Come see for yourself. partners with the Apple Hill® Growers By the end of April, not only are the to sponsor Apple Blossom Days. tulips out, but the apple trees are in full

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Highlights March thru May Apple Blossom Days Trail Run/Walk Recipe Treasure-Hunt Tulips, Daffodils & Iris in Bloom Mothers’ Day Spa Day for Moms Iris-Bloom Festival Days of Wine & Roses visit applehill.com for more details!

Participating ranches and event details can be found at www.applehill.com In May, keep the Apple Hill® Growers on your list of places to bring MOM! Wine and beer tasting is always fun or book a day at Time Out Spa for the perfect Mothers’ Day treat. Visit the High Sierra Iris and Wedding Gardens and take in the beauty of the blooms. Before heading home, stop by Boa Vista Orchards which is open year ’round.

Total Self Indulgence Pampering starts here!

It’s your day at Time Out Spa — Relax. Visit. Enjoy.

530.644.0314

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2011 Norma Brubaker Scholarship Recipients

Double crusted pies

Traditional Hand-Crafted Apple Pie • Very Berry Apple Pie Blackberry Apple Pie • Caramel Apple Pie Cranberry Orange Apple Pie • Cinnamon Red Hot Apple Pie Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie • Giant 7 lb. Party Apple Pie Whole Wheat & Honey Apple Pie No-sugar added Apple Pie No-sugar added Blackberry Apple Pie

Pre-Baked Specialty Pies

French Apple Pie • Pecan Crunch Apple Pie Pumpkin Apple Pie • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie Raspberry Cream Cheese Apple Pie Sour Cream Apple Pie • Walnut Apple Pie Sour Cream Blackberry Apple Pie

other apple specialties Apple Almond Bar • Caramel Apple Bar Turnovers • Dumplings • Strudel • Pie Dough Crisps • Cakes • Cookies & Cookie Dough

Educational tours nature Trail country store Apples and more apples! Apple butters, jams & syrups Famous Apple Cinnamon Sauce

All products made on site!

craft fair & BBQ Meet the Artists “on the green” October weekends

reserve a pie!

Call or order online (24 hours notice please) We’ll have it ready at the pre-order door! Open Daily 10 - 5 •  Sept. - Thanksgiving Fri, Sat, Sun thru mid December

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The Apple Hill® Growers Association decided decades ago to give back to the community. Unlike some agricultural areas, all members live on or near their farms. Spreading the wealth not only helps individuals, but enhances the place we live. One of the initial projects along this line was to establish a scholarship program in honor of Norma Brubaker, the beloved first director of the organization. She didn’t call her job by that title, but Norma did everything that needed to be done and anticipated tasks before they were even considered. The Association, together with the Brubaker family, awards two scholarships each year. The 2011-2012 winners both have ties to the membership and worked at ranches during their high-school years.

Lars Bolster – The Bolster name is not only familiar as an Apple Hill® ranch, but other Bolster students have been Apple Hill® scholarship recipients as well. Hard work and academic excellence seem to run in the family. Lars was very active at El Dorado High School. He was ranked second in the nation in the men’s (18-22) slalom and also received a Varsity letter in water polo. The school principal asked him to help reinvigorate student pride and fervor in campus athletics.

The result was an excited and proud student body. He is attending the University of Nevada, Reno, and studying Environmental Science and French. Lars sees his work at Apple Hill® ranches as “a valuable characterbuilding experience”. He considers the social skills he learned to be valuable assets that will benefit him in the future.

Sarah Peterson received high praise in a scholarship recommendation from an Apple Hill® member, who particularly remembers the then 14-year-old cutting a 100-pound Christmas tree by hand and carrying it to the sales area for a customer at his farm – a record he says still stands. Sarah was a Girls’ State representative, twice lettered in academics, was on the principal’s honor roll and was an AP scholar. Even with this rigorous academic schedule, she found time to work in school theaterproductions, help as an after-school tutor and volunteer at her church. She is attending Seattle Pacific University and majoring in Psychology with plans to obtain a Doctorate in the field. Sarah appreciates the work ethic she learned working at Apple Hill® farms and believes, “It will stick with me the rest of my life.”

Remembering … Marvin E. Larsen 3/30/1937—11/14/2011 Marvin Larsen Ranch An Apple Hill® Grower since 1973, Marvin was born on the family farm and was working on the ranch at the time of his death. His farming legacy will be sustained by his son, Bruce Larsen, and his daughter, Elaine Simkins. Apple Hill® Cider Press

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Apple Hill® Welcomes Our Newest Ranches Grace Patriot Wines (#55) is located on the historic Irving Ranch (est.1890), the founding site of the original Apple Hill® Growers Association. The winery name and wine label were inspired by Lewis Grace, a Revolutionary War patriot who was the family’s third great grandfather. Tyler Grace is the family winemaker. After an Ivy League education at Dartmouth, he earned a major in enology at Fresno State. “I particularly enjoy producing big wines from the fruit I’ve cultivated in the vineyard surrounding the winery.” Tyler has earned seven gold medals and two double gold medals in his first 3 vintages. Trevor, his younger brother, manages the tasting room and assists with the winemaking. With a masters degree in fine arts, he has accumulated a series of still photographs of ranch scenes which will be displayed during the Art in the Orchard event in September. Both sons have the committed support of their parents, Bea and Steve Grace, who reside in Reno. Guests may savor full bodied reds in a comfortable setting reminiscent of simpler times. The public is invited to enjoy the ambiance of the restored ranch and share great wines in the tasting room. Grace Patriot will put memories in every bottle. McGee Christmas Tree Farm (#83). The Apple Hill® Growers welcome McGee Christmas Tree Farm as returning members. It’s great to have you back, Phyllis and Mike!

Wine Country Station El Dorado County Wine Headquarters

(530) 644-2199 3590 Carson Road, Camino Open 6am - 9pm daily • Pumps open 24/7

Apple-Butter Award Congratulations to Sue White of Cameron Park who won the 2011 El Dorado County Fair Apple-Butter Award sponsored by the Apple Hill® Growers Association. Sue won $25.00, which should buy enough apples to practice for the 2012 Fair!

530-303-3559

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What Wine Pairs with Your Slice of Pie? Wine has an exciting history as an accompaniment to food. Happily, one of the fun questions to pose in Apple Hill® may be, “Which wine pairs best with apple pie?” Our Apple Hill® area boasts seven premium wineries among its members, including Lava Cap, Boeger, Madroña, Fenton Herriott, Wofford Acres, ParaVí and Grace Patriot. Many of the elegant red or white wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or Chardonnay, handcrafted in these Apple Hill® wineries’ cellars, pair best with classic dishes such as lamb or with hard cheeses. Enjoying apple pie or another delicious apple dessert calls for a sweeter wine, such as a wine made from a Muscato grape or a fortified wine called Port. The remaining sugar, called residual sugar after fermentation is done, is higher in these wines compared to traditional table wines. It’s a good thing, too, to have this wonderful sweetness and these full- fruit flavors to complement

made from the grape called Muscato the sweet flavors in desserts such as pie. Many experts may recommend a wine Giallo. All three of these white wines are sweeter with notable residual sugar to and food pairing based on the “weight” work well with an apple dessert. There of the wine and the food (e.g. heavier are also some lovely ports available to wines such as Petite Sirah pair most sample and purchase, including Wofford often with heavier spices and meat dishAcres’ Posada, es). Beyond the Fenton Herriott’s weight, though, it is ® white port, or worthwhile to conAll of the Apple Hill ParaVí’s dessert sider other aspects of wineries have friendly wine. And, if you’re the wine including for a sweeter sweetness, acidity, tasting rooms open for you to looking style (but not “desand flavor profile. However, taste and sample their wines before sert” ) wine to pair with an after- meal enjoyment of a wine your purchase. treat, consider Grace and food pairing are Patriot’s Hip Hip very subjective and Rosé. The secret to these lead everybody the best wine and food pairing is to keep on a fun path of discovery. an open mouth and open mind. Never All of the Apple Hill® wineries have stop exploring! The next “best” match friendly tasting rooms open for you to sample their wines before your purchase. for your delicious Apple Hill® dessert may be discovered in the next Apple Consider Lava Cap Winery’s or Boeger’s Hill® tasting room! Bon appétit! Muscat Canelli, or Madroña’s Fiore,

Apple Hill® Grower Ranches serving lunch Some of our favorite specialties:

#1 High Hill Ranch 644-1973 BBQ Chicken Daily, Sept. - Dec.

#11 Bavarian Hills Orchard 642-2714 Schnitzel Meal Daily, Sept. – Dec. 18

#24 Honey Bear Ranch 344-7672 Pizza Daily in Oct., Thurs-Mon. Sept.-Dec.

#3 Boa Vista Orchards 622-5522 Tri-Tip Sandwiches Daily, Year ‘round

#14 Denver Dan’s Apple Patch 644-6881 Chicken and Veggie Pasties Daily, Sept. – mid-Dec.

#37 Apple Pantry Farm 318-2834 Tamales Sat./Sun., Oct.

#5 Kids Inc 622-0184 Tacos Sat./Sun. Sept. - Nov. 11

#19 El Dorado Orchards 642-1222 Applewood-Smoked Turkey Sandwiches Fri./Sat./Sun. Sept. 15. – Nov. 25

#38 Abel’s Apple Acres 626-0138 Pulled-Pork Sandwich Meal Daily, Sept. – mid-Dec.

#9 Larsen Apple Barn 644-8166 Gourmet Deli-Sandwiches Sun.- Fri. Sept. – mid-Dec.

#20 Apple Ridge Farms 647-0613 Smoked BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich Daily, Sept. – Nov. 12

#133 Smokey Ridge Charcuterie 626-5078 Housemade-Sausage Picnic Boxes Fri./Sat./Sun. Sept. 14 – Nov. 4

#10 Rainbow Orchards 644-1594 Tri-Tip BBQ Sat./Sun. Sept. 28 - Oct. 28, Veterans’ Day

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Beat the Summer Heat! Summertime and the living in Apple Hill® is lush! June is cherry-picking time followed by berry picking with blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, marionberries, and olallieberries in abundance throughout the long summer. Finally, late July and early August usher in peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and “early” apples. Boa Vista Orchards, Sun Mountain Farm, High Sierra Iris and Wedding Gardens, Goldbud Farms, Pine O’Mine, Harris Tree Farm, Willow Pond Organic Farm, and Bolster’s Hilltop Ranch are open with summer flowers, vegetables and fruit. Goodness Orchard is also open by appointment.

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35 Varieties of You-Pick Apples – plus

Jams & jellies, Desserts, Pies, Vinegars, Picnic Area, Samples, Apple Crisp Sundae Specialty, Gifts & More! • Bring your children for Cookin’ Kids – lots of fun! • Check our fundraisers for your school or charity, etc. • Come see Sara’s animals & Big Al on weekends.

The Apple Hill® wineries, Jack Russell Farm Brewery and Winery, and Time Out Resort & Spa also welcome visitors during the summer months. In June, July and August visitors are invited to visit select ranches for the You-Pick experience. Shoppers can also find many favorite Apple Hill® farms selling at local Farmers’ Markets and at others as far away as Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area. These include Kids Inc, Harris Tree Farm, Rainbow Orchards, Wofford Acres Vineyards, Fudge Factory Farm, Goodness Orchard, Collina de Mela, Apple Ridge Farms, Thomas Mountain Organic Farm, High Sierra Iris and Wedding Gardens, and Smokey

What you can enjoy • Camping with over 191 individual and group areas

www.denverdansapplepatch.com

Ridge Farmstand & Charcuterie. Events are popular in the summer on Apple Hill®. Bluestone Meadow stages a Lavender Festival. Time Out Resort & Spa holds a Spa Day for Men. Rainbow Orchards hosts Cowboys and Cornbread. Grace Patriot Wines features Patriot Days, and Alpen Glow at Sunset. You can also enjoy Fathers’ Day Vineyard-Tours, Summer Tunes in the Vineyard, and Sunset Sipping at Lava Cap Winery. Please see Summer, page 37

Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine

• 640 surface acres of lake water • Over 9 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails • Event facility with full kitchen available for rental Black Oak equestrian trail and campground Jenkinson Lake

PANNING! MINE TOURS • GIFT SHOP PICNIC AREA • HIKING TRAILS Open daily April through Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Weekends Nov. through March 12-4 PM

2635 Gold Bug Lane Placerville, CA 95667 4771 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, CA (530) 295-6810 www.eid.org

(530) 642-5207 www.goldbugpark.org

Owned and operated by El Dorado Irrigation District

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• 2 boat ramps (no personal water craft)

(530) 644-6881 4354 Bumble Bee Lane, Camino

Lavender Festival Fathers’ Day Vineyard Tours Spa Day for Dads Patriot Days Cowboys & Cornbread Sunset Music & Wine Sipping

• 8.5 miles of shoreline

See website for more information.

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First Timers

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What is there to do?

The Cider Press and www.applehill.com are here to help. Check out the “Calendar of Events” (see back cover) and “Kids Activities” (see p. 8). If you are looking for a ranch with crafters or You-Pick fruit or all the places with fritters so you can have your own taste-off, the “Products and Attractions Guide” (see p. 22) will help you. Want to know which ranches have which apple varieties? Take a look at the “Apples and Other Fruit Guide” (see p. 18). Find out about lunch specialties (see p. 12). Spending the night? We direct you to area businesses found in “Area Dining and Lodging” (see p. 31). Take a drive, explore a ranch you’ve never visited, look for good old-fashioned “non-theme-park” fun and create some memories!

When is the best time to come?

It all depends on what you want to do. Most structured activities happen September-November and many of them are listed in the “Calendar of Events”. Fruit varieties ripen according to the weather (and the different elevations of the ranches) so there are no guaranteed availability dates; check with the individual ranches you plan to visit to make sure they have the fruit you want. October weekends can be VERY busy, so visit on September or November weekends, or during the week, if you want to avoid lines and crowded roads. There are crafters all through apple season, with the most crafters on October weekends. Berries, flowers and fresh vegetables are available in the summer and you can wine and beer taste all year long!

You’re Invited...

to enjoy our family ranch in the heart of Apple Hill Visit our Bake Shop

Open Daily - Labor Day Weekend Through Christmas Eve. 2345 Carson Road Placerville, CA Ph: (530) 626-0138 We Have Indoor Restrooms & Ample Parking!

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www.abelsappleacres.com email: info@abelsappleacres.com

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Candies: Fudge, Turtles, Caramel Apples & More Pantry: Apple Butter & Sauce, Jellies, Cider Sauce LunCh: Terri’s Country Cuisine and BBQ FamiLy Fun: Pond/Picnic areas, Deck, Gift Store, Kids & Cook Books, Kids Corral & Photo Ops. Pumpkin Patch Weekend/Holiday Extras: Craft Faire, *Horse & Pony Rides, 700 bale Hay Maze *(Weather Permitting) Fresh aPPLes & Cider

Fresh Baked Pies Donuts Fritters Strudel Dumplings Cookies Breads Crisps Cakes

Looking forward to seeing you. – Evelyn Abel

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APPLE TRAIL RANCH An ideal spot for your family outing! We offer a variety of activities for the whole family that last from September through the holiday season. We hope you’ll stop in for a visit. • Apples • Pears • Apple Cider • Apple Sauce • Apple Butter • Indian Corn • Picnic Area • Nature Trail • Cut your own Christmas Trees • 2 acre U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

Our pumpkins are grown right here on our ranch and are waiting for you to cut them off the vine!

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Larsen Apple Barn Apples

Red Delicious • Golden Delicious • Rome Beauty • Winesap • Pippin Granny Smith • Jonathon • Mutsu • Gala • Fuji • Paula Red • Pink Lady • Arkansas Black • Parkdale Beauty • Honey Crisp • Braeburn Home of Mr. Apple®

Fresh Cider • Honey • Pears Peaches • Nectarines • Grapes

Locally Grown Mountain Fruit Cafe & Bake Shop “Home of the Original Apple Turnover on the Hill”

Indoor & Outdoor Dining

Specializing in Gourmet Cuisine Desserts and Sandwiches

Frozen & Baked Desserts Available

Large Grassy Picnic Area

Three acres with waterfall and the oldest apple tree in El Dorado County Picnic area available by reservation Private wedding area available by reservation

Visit the Larsen Pioneer Museum Six generations of family history on display

Opening Labor Day Sunday (Closed Saturdays)

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ARKANSAS BLACK BRAEBURN CAMEO CANDYCRISP EMPIRE FUJI GALA GOLDEN DELICIOUS GRANNY SMITH GRAVENSTEIN HONEYCRISP JONAGOLD JONATHON LIBERTY MCINTOSH MUTSU PAULA RED PINK LADY PIPPIN RED DELICIOUS RED GOLD ROME WINESAP ASIAN PEARS BARTLETT PEARS BOSC PEARS EL DORADO PEARS GRAPES INDIAN CORN NUTS PERSIMMONS PUMPKINS VEGETABLES

Apples & Other Fruit Guide

1. HIGH HILL RANCH

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9. LARSEN APPLE BARN

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13. THOMAS MOUNTAIN ORGANIC FARM

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14. DENVER DAN’S APPLE PATCH

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15. HANGTOWN KID APPLE ORCHARD

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22. ARGYRES ORCHARD

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28. SUN MOUNTAIN FARM

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24. HONEY BEAR RANCH

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30. BARSOTTI FAMILY JUICE COMPANY

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19. EL DORADO ORCHARDS 21. GOYETTE’S NORTH CANYON RANCH

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18. O’HALLORAN’S APPLE TRAIL RANCH

23. MILL VIEW RANCH

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Wholesale only

35. BILL’S APPLES/FELICE’S DOLLS

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36. JACK RUSSELL FARM BREWERY & WINERY

37. APPLE PANTRY FARM 38. ABEL’S APPLE ACRES

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39. GOLDBUD FARMS

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41. PINE O’ MINE

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44. WINDMILLER FARM 45. BOLSTER’S HILLTOP RANCH

Closed for season

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56. BLUESTONE MEADOW 68. BODHAINE RANCH

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83. McGEE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

84. HARRIS TREE FARM

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OLIVE OIL/OLIVES

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** - You Pick FM - Farmer’s Markets

Berries 

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sign are Apple Hill®

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29. HIGH SIERRA IRIS AND WEDDING GARDENS

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28. SUN MOUNTAIN FARM

Apple Hill Growers 

16. PATRICK’S MTN. GROWN BERRY FARM

24. HONEY BEAR RANCH

NECTARINES

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PEACHES

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Summer Fruit at Apple Hill®

CHERRIES

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5. KIDS INC

RASPBERRIES

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BLACKBERRIES

BLUEBERRIES

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2901 High Hill Road, Placerville

3. Boa Vista Orchards

2952 Carson Road, Placerville

5. Kids Inc.

644-1973

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Fri.-Mon. 9-5, Sept. 1 - Dec. 9 www.kidsincapples.com 622-0184

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3205 North Canyon Road, Camino

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6. MADROÑA VINEYARDS

Daily 11-5, year ’round www.MadronaVineyards.com 644-5948

2560 High Hill Road, Placerville

8. MOTHER LODE ORCHARDS

Sat.-Sun. 9-5, starting Sept 1

4341 North Canyon Road, Camino

9. Larsen apple barn

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Pine Windmiller O’ Mine Willow Pond Farm Organic Farm

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644-5101

Labor Day Sunday – Mid-Dec. Closed Saturdays

Bake shop: 644-8166, Barn: 644-1415

2881 North Canyon Road, Camino

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2875 Larsen Drive, Camino

www.paravi.com

647-WINE (9463)

13. Thomas Mountain organic Farm

(no roadside sales), Aug.- Oct.

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14. Denver Dan’s APPLE PATCH

UP Daily 10-5, Aug. 31 thru Nov 21 then F/S/S only thru Dec. 16 644-6881

4354 Bumble Bee Lane, Camino

15. Hangtown Kid Apple Orchard

644-1119

Thu. - Sun. 10-5, Sept. - Nov.

UP

2598 Mace Road, Camino Call first: June-Aug., & Mon. - Wed, Sept. - Nov.: 647-1810

16. PATRICK’S MTN. GROWN BERRY FARM

UP

Daily June-mid Dec.

4455 Pony Express Trail, Camino

Call for hours: 647-2833

17. Grandpa’s Cellar

Daily, Sept. thru Nov. 21 then F/S/S thru Dec. 9

2360 Cable Road, Camino www.grandpascellar.com

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Friday 10-3, Sat.-Sun. 9-5, Sept. - Nov.

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644-3389

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Weekends, year ’round * Weekday hours vary www.wavwines.com

41. PINE

Daily 11-5, year ’round

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2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville

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2452 Apple Vista Lane, Camino

28. Sun Mountain farm

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27. Time Out, A Private Resort & Spa

36. Jack

Thurs.-Mon. 10-5, Sept., Nov., Dec. Daily 10-5, Oct.

26. Lava Cap Winery

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647-1789

1900 Hidden Valley Lane, Camino

2731

Weekends 10-5, Weekdays 10-4, Sept. - Mid Dec.

2826 Barkley Road, Camino www.honeybearapples.com 344-7672

38. Abe

4220 North Canyon Road, Camino 2740 Cable Road, Camino

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25 Wofford acres vineyards

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Carson Rd. Exit

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Weekends 9-5, mid-Sept.thru mid-Nov., & Nov. 23 - mid Dec. 622-9299

11. BAVARIAN HILLS orchard 3100 North Canyon Road, Camino

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1800 Larsen Drive, Camino

24. Honey Bear Ranch

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Honey Bear Ranch

642-1222

Fri.-Sun., Sept. 1-9 & Sat.-Sun. Dec. 1-9

2569 Larsen Drive, Camino www.rainboworchards.info Daily, Sept. 14 - Nov. 25 644-1594

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2261 Cable Road, Camino

20. Apple ridge farms

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Mother Lode Orchards

Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch

Five Mile Rd.

10. Rainbow Orchards

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Argyres Orchard

Bavarian Hills Orchard

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2239 Hidden Valley Lane, Camino

32. Boeger Winery

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1709 Carson Road, Placerville

642-1222. www.weddingsnflowers.com

Wholesale Only 622-4629 Daily 10-5, year ’round

622-8094

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Goodness Orchard

2234 Cable Road, Camino

Roberts Christmas Tree Farm

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P.O. Box 494, Camino, CA 95709 info@applehill.com

295-8090

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Harris Tree Farm

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Hangtown Kid Apple Orchard

Crystal Creek Tree Farm

Patrick’s Mtn. Grown Berry Farm

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2025 Carson Road, Placerville 2315 Cable Road, Camino

www.bluestonemeadow.com

Daily 9-5, Labor Day Weekend - Dec 9

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644-1686

36. Jack Russell Farm Brewery & winery

84. Harris Tree Farm

mid-Nov., 22-9299

37. apple pantry farm

133. Smokey Ridge FarmStand & Charcuterie

by appt.

38. Abel’s Apple Acres

Nov. 12

47-0613

44-3862

2380 Larsen Drive, Camino

10-5, Oct.

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644-3492

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Daily 11-5, year ’round www.fentonherriott.com 642-2021

Thurs.-Sun. 11-5 year ‘round, Mon-Wed call for appt.

www.gracepatriotwines.com 642-8424

626-5078

Look for the sign of quality: Only the ranches displaying this sign are Apple Hill® Growers

Christmas Tree Farms

Daily, Labor Day to mid-Dec.

2860 High Hill Rd., Placerville

Daily 9-4:30, June thru Dec.

2160 Carson Road, Placerville F/S/S, Sept.14 - Nov. 4

626-6521

by appt:

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2640 Blair Road, Pollock Pines www.harristreefarm.com 644-2194

Open July 15

UP 42. Cardanini’S Pumpkin patch Fri.-Sun 9-5, Sept. 29 thru Oct. 28

Daily, Labor Day - Dec. 24 Thanksgiving: 10-1, 12/24: 9-3 626-0138

2345 Carson Road, Placerville

39. Goldbud Farms

Thurs.-Sun 10-5, Sept. 21-Nov. 17 www.applepantryfarm.com 318-2834

corner of North Canyon & Hassler, Camino

Mid Dec.

47-1789

Daily 11-7, Fri. until 8, year ’round 647-9420

49. Marvin Larsen Ranch

2721 Mace Road, Camino

Weekends 9-dusk, weekdays 11-dusk, Nov. 23-Dec. 23

644-2475

82. Hillside Tree Farm

Daily 9:30-4:30, Nov. 17 until sold out www.hillsidetreefarm.com 621-2053

2881 North Canyon Road, Camino

83. Mcgee Christmas Tree Farm

3131 Carson Road, Placerville

Wknds. 8-dark, Wkdys. 10-4, Nov 23 until sold out www.mcgeechristmastreefarm.com 644-4731

87. Roberts Christmas Tree Farm

2561 Mace Road, Camino

Daily 9:30 - 4:30, Day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. 644-2831

88. Roberts Christmas Tree Farm

5645 Gilmore Road, Pollock Pines

89. CRYSTAL CREEK TREE FARM

2019 Cable Road, Camino

90. Rapetti Farms

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2585 Fruitridge Road, Camino

(530) 644-7692

Daily 9:30 - 4:30, Day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. 644-2831 Daily 9:30 to dusk, Nov. 23 to Dec. 24

644-4647 • 644-7014

Daily 9:30 to dark, Nov. 23 until sold out www.rapettifarms.com 622-7229

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49. MARVIN LARSEN RANCH 82. HILLSIDE TREE FARM 83. McGEE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 87. ROBERTS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM (Mace Rd.) 88. ROBERTS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM (gilmore Rd.) 89. CRYSTAL CREEK TREE FARM 90. RAPETTI FARMS 3. BOA VISTA ORCHARDS 5. KIDS INC 8. MOTHER LODE ORCHARDS 18. O’HALLORAN’S APPLE TRAIL RANCH 21. GOYETTE’S NORTH CANYON RANCH 24. HONEY BEAR RANCH 29. HIGH SIERRA IRIS AND WEDDING GARDENS 40. FUDGE FACTORY FARM 84. HARRIS TREE FARM

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Apple Hill® Grower Advertiser Index Advertiser

Phone

Abel’s Apple Acres Apple Ridge Farms Barsotti Family Juice Company Bavarian Hills Orchard Bill’s Apples & Felice’s Dolls Boa Vista Orchards Bodhaine Ranch Boeger Winery Crystal Creek Tree Farm Denver Dan’s Apple Patch Fenton Herriott Vineyards Fudge Factory Farm Goodness Orchard Grandpa’s Cellar Hangtown Kid Apple Orchard High Hill Ranch Kids Inc Larsen Apple Barn Lava Cap Winery Madroña Vineyards Marvin Larsen Ranch O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch ParaVí Vineyards Patrick’s Mountain Grown Berry Farm Pine O’ Mine Rainbow Orchards Smokey Ridge Ranch Farmstand & Charcuterie Time Out, A Private Resort & Spa Wofford Acres Vineyards

(530) 626-0138 (530) 647-0613 (530) 622-4629 (530) 642-2714 (530) 644-5283 (530) 622-5522 (530) 644-1686 (530) 622-8094 (530) 644-4647/644-7014 (530) 644-6881 (530) 642-2021 (530) 644-3492 (530) 644-6448 (530) 644-2153 (530) 647-1810 (530) 644-1973 (530) 622-0184 (530) 644-1415/(530) 644-8166 (530) 621-0175/(800) 475-0175 (530) 644-5948/(800) 230-7662 (530) 644-2475 (530) 644-3389 (530) 647-WINE (9463) (530) 647-2833 (530) 344-0288 (530) 644-1594 (530) 626-5078 (530) 644-0314 (530) 626-6858/(888) 928-9463

Web/e-mail Address www.abelsappleacres.com/info@abelsappleacres.com www.appleridgepies.com www.BarsottiJuice.com www.bavarianhills.com/b31485@internet49.com www.boavista.com/appleman@boavista.com www.boegerwinery.com www.denverdansapplepatch.com www.fentonherriott.com www.fudgefactoryfarm.com www.goodnessorchard.com www.grandpascellar.com highhillranch@att.net www.kidsincapples.com www.Lavacap.com www.MadronaVineyards.com www.paravi.com www.PatricksMountainGrown.com www.pineomine.com/pineomine@comcast.net www.rainboworchards.co www.smokeyridgeranch.com www.timeoutspa.com www.wavwines.com

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It’s Not Legend. It’s Fact!

Amidst Pear Decline in the late 1960’s, the Farm Advisor and Agricultural Commissioner of El Dorado County had to think fast. Farmers were faced with sure disaster as their orchards died in a matter of months. Substitution crops had to be planted, and fast, to maintain the viability of farming in the area. Most people now know that apple orchards replaced many of the pear orchards and what’s commonly known as “Apple Hill®” was born. But another crop began to 24

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flourish in the Sierra Foothills—grapes. There is a rich story behind the influx of vintners to El Dorado County in the 1970’s. Spearheaded by the Farm Adviser, Dick Bethell, and Agricultural Commissioner, Edio Delfino, a case was made for the high quality of grapes that could be grown in the County. In the early 70’s, using test-plot grapes from Pleasant Valley to Camino to Gold Hill, blind taste-testing was conducted at UC Davis and the results confirmed that great

wine could be made from grapes grown here. In fact, based on the tests, wine made with our area grapes rated among the highest in all of California! The early El Dorado County grape growers were to be big fish in a small pond as opposed to small fish in a big pond (as in Napa Valley and the San Joaquin Valley). Thank you to mavericks Greg Boeger and Dick Bush of Madroña Vineyards, and to others who were not afraid to open those first wineries in El Dorado County.

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isit the Apple Hill® Family Wineries – A California tradition. Wofford Acres Vineyards 1900 Hidden Valley Lane, Camino, CA (530) 626-6858. wavwines.com Open weekends year ’round. Please call or check website for weekday hours.

Lava Cap Winery 2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville, CA (530) 621-0175. Lavacap.com Open daily, 11am-5pm

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Grace Patriot Wines

2560 High Hill Road, Camino, CA (530) 644-5948 MadronaVineyards.com Open daily, 11-5

2701 Carson Road, Placerville, CA (530) 642-8424 gracepatriotwines.com Open Thurs-Sun 11-5

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Bountiful Fall! It is finally “Apple Season”! Most ranches open on Labor Day weekend to offer the “first pick” of the apple crop. Early September is also harvest time for pears, peaches, nectarines and berries, all fruits that find their way into traditional bakeshop creations. Cider mills begin to press out the finest fresh apple cider. Wine grapes mature and the crush begins. Throughout September and October, additional varieties of apples continue to ripen and pumpkins, winter squash, persimmons and nuts become ready for harvest. The ranches begin to offer handmade crafts, children’s activities, and lunches. Special events include Art in the

Orchard, September 8-9 (see p. 26) and Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Celebration, September 23 (see p. 30). Many ranches have welcoming activities for our Nevada neighbors on Nevada Day, October 26. When the “Hill” is in full fall swing, the free Apple Hill® Shuttle runs on weekends in October (see p. 28) for routes and schedule). Also, on these busy October weekends, vehicles are directed to highway exits that facilitate both traffic flow and safety. November heralds the 33rd annual Harvest Run, November 4 (see p. 29). Many ranches welcome our members of the military with special activities on Veteran’s Day, November 12. Bakeshops busily create holiday pies, while the cider mills, wineries, and the

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Highlights September thru November Labor Day Grand Opening Art in the Orchard Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Apple Hill® Harvest Run Nevada Day Celebrations Veterans’ Day Festivities

visit applehill.com for more details!

brewery prepare libations for upcoming holiday feasts. Thanksgiving week brings the opening of the Apple Hill® Christmastree farms for the “choose-and-cut-yourown” Christmas-tree experience. Select ranches stay open through the Christmas-tree season and feature bakery specialties, wine, ciders and brews, and fruit and nuts for your holiday celebrations.

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Still a Free Ride From Exits 48 and 54! The Apple Hill® Growers Association and El Dorado Transit are teaming up again this year to provide a free alternative to driving your car on the busiest harvest weekends. Review the following information to plan your shuttle trip: • Two shuttle route options, RED route and GREEN route, are shown on the map (see pgs. 20 and 21). The RED route, serving western ranches, will offer parking and board passengers at Schnell School. Schnell School is

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2620 Carson Road, Placerville (530) 344-0288 website: www.pineomine.com e-mail: pineomine@comcast.net

accessed by Highway 50 at Exit #48 and signs from both east and west will direct drivers to the Schnell School parking lot. The GREEN route, serving eastern ranches, will offer parking and board passengers at the US Forest Service Ranger Station located at Eight Mile Rd. The Ranger Station is accessed by Highway 50 at Exit #54 and signs from both east and west will direct drivers to the Forest Service Ranger Station parking lot. • Riders may access BOTH western and eastern ranches by taking advantage of TRANSFER POINTS between the two routes. TRANSFER STOPS for both RED and GREEN routes are located at Rainbow Orchards on Saturdays and Sundays and at Larsen’s Apple Barn on Sundays only. • The shuttle will run on the following weekends, weather permitting: October 6th and 7th, October 13th and 14th, October 20th and 21st, and October 27th and 28th. • The hours of operation are 10 AM to 5 PM (weather permitting). • Buses are scheduled to arrive every 15-20 minutes. The Apple Hill® Shuttle is sponsored in part by the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, El Dorado Transit, and the Apple Hill® Growers Association. The shuttle service is free and allows visitors to relax, enjoy the scenery, and “leave the driving to El Dorado Transit”.

open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - September 1 - December 1 Bill & Felice Johnson, 2234 Cable Road • P.O. Box 534 Camino, CA 95709

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The Apple Hill® Harvest Run Continues to Thrive What began as an earnest attempt by the Apple Hill® Growers Association to convince visitors that the season didn’t close at the end of October has evolved into one of the most popular family races in Northern California. The growers organized every aspect of the race at first, but after over a decade of hard work, they realized the race had outgrown their capabilities and they found the support they needed in the Camino Schools. In the case of the Camino Schools, it not only “takes a village” to organize the annual Apple Hill® Harvest Run, but also well over 100 family and community members, school staff and students. This dedicated group of volunteers has been in charge for 16 years and 2012 will be the 33rd anniversary of the race. The Camino Schools’ Parent Teacher Organization and Capital Road Race Management work throughout the year on planning and improving every aspect

of the race although the busiest day, of course, is race day--November 4th this year. That’s when the army of volunteers does everything from handing out race packets to answering a myriad of questions from race participants. The race continues to be supported by the Apple Hill® Growers Association which provides the race site, all race prizes and donates time and services toward making the run a successful continuing event. The Apple Hill® Harvest Run has grown to the point where it is able to fund a number of programs at Camino Union School District through the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The race also allows the Apple Hill® Growers Association to award two significant annual scholarships to area high-school seniors. Camino Schools have a student body of approximately 485 children. With a tight economy, schools no longer have funds to pay for the extras that enhance

the learning experience. As one parent said, “Many school programs wouldn’t happen without funds from the race because we’re a small school district with declining enrollment. Our district only has funds for the basics. School is so much more than ABCs and 123s.” The Parent Teacher Organization funds the entire transportation cost for all school educational field trips which comes to over $8,000 annually. A yearly garden program costs $10,000. Visual and Performing Arts such as the Poetry Contest and Talent Show are funded by race proceeds, as well as the Science Fair and the Spelling Bee. Over $2,000 goes to an annual week-long sixth-grade Science camp in Fort Bragg. The Apple Hill® Harvest Run not only impacts every student in the schools, but the combined efforts of the Camino Union School District and the Apple Hill® Growers Association prove that Camino is a truly caring community.

33rd Annual Apple Hill ® Harvest Run • Sunday, November 4, 2012 Registration forms available at

www.applehillrun.org or at the following locations:

Apple Hill® Grower Ranches • Camino School or by mail at P.O. Box 494 Camino, CA 95709 Benefitting Call (916) 492-8966 for more information Camino School!

Pre-Registration Perks: Special Rates, Special Drawings, Guaranteed AHHR T-shirt All race activities begin and end at ParaVí Winery - #12 on the Apple Hill® map. Race Day registration: 7 am

Race Director - Rich Hanna of Capital Road Race Management

THANK YOU

• 1/2 mile Kids’ Run 8:30 am • 8.5 mile Run 8:50 am • 3.5 mile Run 9:00 am • 3.5 mile Run/Walk 9:05 am

TO LAST YEAR’S SPONSORS:

Carlton Engineering

Kids Inc.

ParaVí Winerey

Doug Veerkamp Engineering

Lava Cap Winery

Pecota Construction

Argyres Orchard

El Dorado Disposal

Lawyers 4 Learning

SMUD

Barsotti Juice Company

El Dorado Savings Bank

Les Schwab Tires

Starbucks Coffee

Boa Vista Orchards

G&O Body Shop

Max Muscle

Tip Top Tree Service

Buzz Oates Group of Companies

High Hill Ranch

Mountain Democrat

Wilkison's Portables

Capital Road Race Management

Image Factory

O'Halloran's Apple Trail Ranch

Wofford Acres Vineyards

Apple Hill® Growers Association

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Apple Hill® Cake This recipe is for one of the most delicious apple desserts and it has an added advantage – it is very easy! Combine Add Sift together

2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup oil and 2 eggs 4 cups diced apples (Golden Delicious) 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp. baking soda

Add sifted dry ingredients to apple mixture. Pour into 9” x 13” greased cake pan and bake for 1 hour in a preheated 350° oven.

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The Apple Hill® Growers have compiled their many tasty and time-tested recipes into three recipe books. These are available for purchase at your favorite Apple Hill® Grower. To order by mail: write to Apple Hill® Growers, P.O. Box 494 Camino, CA 95709. Or leave your name and address at (530) 6447692 and we’ll send you an order form.

Apple Hill® Celebrates

Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday! On September 23 the folks in Apple Hill® will again celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with fun activities for families. Visit these Apple Hill® Ranches to join in the celebration. Kids’ activities will be held at the following ranches:

You’re invited …

Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Party with lots of fun activities for families Where? Apple Hill® ranches When? Sunday, September 23, 2012 What?

Begin your day by checking into Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch (#42). At Cardanini’s you can • Pick up an activity map and guide for the day • Purchase a Johnny Appleseed tee shirt • Get a ticket for free drawings (kids under 12) 30

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#36 Jack Russell Farm Brewery & Winery: Apple-themed menu options.

#5 Kids Inc: Enjoy mini cooking-classes, walkin’ pie-eating contest, farm-egg races. Visit by Paul Bunyan.

#37 Apple Pantry Farm: Get your hands in the dough. Make a Johnny Appleseed turnover. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

#10 Rainbow Orchards: Tour the cider mill and collect apple seeds from the apple pulp. Tour Guide is Johnny Appleseed.

#40 Fudge Factory Farm: Make your own Johnny Appleseed chocolate candy. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

#17 Grandpa’s Cellar: Do an Orchard-Bingo Treasure Hunt. Ruffles the Clown will entertain with her many boxes & bags of tricks. #18 O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch: Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with Apple Hill® cake. Visit an apple tree that is documented to be a graft from one of Johnny’s trees. #20 Apple Ridge Farms: Johnny Appleseed coloring books for kids 12 and under.

#41 Pine O’Mine: Enjoy your walk past the tire swings to the Treasure Hunt. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. #42 Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch: Indian Corn Activity. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. #84 Harris Tree Farm: Come for a scavenger hunt and make your own apple crisp. #133 Smokey Ridge Farmstand and Charcuterie: Enjoy apple-inspired lunch menu.

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Lodging & Dining Guide

Area Lodging & Dining Please support the businesses that support us

“One of America’s Top 10 most Romantic Inns” iLoveInns.com

So many visitors ask us, “Can you recommend a good place to eat in the area?” This question comes mostly on days when our growers aren’t serving lunch or when visitors are heading to dinner. Another common question is, “Where, locally, can we spend the night so we can come back to visit more ranches tomorrow?” It’s with these questions in mind that we would like to highly recommend the establishments listed below (for Apple Hill® ranches serving lunch, see page 12).

Lodging 530-621-0901 www.EdenValeInn.com

Apple Blossom Coffee House Serving Kids Inc Desserts Year Round (530) 644-0284 4077 Carson Road, Camino 6am-2pm Mon. thru Sat. Closed Sun.

Best Western Placerville Inn: For all of your Business & Leisure Lodging Needs 6850 Greenleaf Drive, Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-9100 • www.bwplacervilleinn.com Best Western Stagecoach Inn: Amid the Towering Pines 5940 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines 530-644-2029 www.bestwesterncalifornia.com/pollockpines.html Eden Vale Inn: A Luxury Bed & Breakfast A Destination of Rustic Sophistication 1780 Springvale Road, Placerville 866-914-8445 • www.EdenValeInn.com Sly Park Recreation Area: Open year round Recreation for the whole family! 4771 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines 530-295-6810 • www.eid.org Camino Hotel Bed & Breakfast: Reasonable Rates and Top-Notch Service 4103 Carson Road, Camino (530) 644-1800 • www.caminohotel.com

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Apple Blossom Coffee House: Downtown Camino – Uptown Coffee 4077 Carson Road, Camino (530) 644-0284

Forester Pub & Grill: American and German Food, Lunch & Dinner 4110 Carson Road, Camino (530) 644-1818 • www.foresterpub.com Heyday Café & Wine Bar: California Cuisine – Lunch & Dinner 325 Main Street, Placerville 530-626-9700 • www.heydaycafe.com Hog Wild BBQ: Lunch & Dinner, Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Take Out 38 Main Street, Placerville 530-622-3883 • www.hogwildbbqca.com Subway: 3600 Carson Road, Camino 530-303-3559 The Independent Restaurant and Bar: Serving American Fusion – Lunch & Dinner 629 Main Street, Ste. 102, Placerville 530-344-7645 • www.IndependentPlacerville.com Zia’s: An Italian Gelato, Caffé and Wine Bar 312 Main Street, Placerville 530-642-ZIAS (9427) • www.ziasgelato.com

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Last year, a hard-working Event hat’s happening on Historic Committee organized the 1st Annual Main Street this year? The Oktoberfest on Main Street that brought Placerville Downtown Association is working on a great line-up thousands of people downtown. This year, the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest is of events to please one and all. To scheduled for September 22nd and celebrate and welcome the 63rd Annual promises to provide even more food and Highway 50 Wagon Train on June 9th, fun. This event will feature the Chicken Main Street will build on the success of Dance, Wiener Dog last year’s addition Races, Bavarian of a BBQ Rib Cookdancers and of Off (with sampling, These activities and course - beer, too) during the events bring a sense bratwurst and event. sauerkraut! This Entertainment will of pride to those who event promises to feature a wild west live, work or visit this put a smile on shoot-out, Server’s everyone’s face, and Races, the Random vibrant community! will include games Stranger Band, a and a giant slide for historical display the kids, too! featuring a John For the art lovers, the Placerville Studebaker wheelbarrow, wagon, and Art on Parade organization is hosting car, as well as wheelbarrow their successful “Banners On Parade” demonstrations and more. The Wagon Train will roll down Main Street around community art project for the 6th year! Look up to see these beautiful works of 2pm, but the activities downtown will art (with a floral theme this year) on last from 12pm - 6pm.

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MORE (Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises). MORE’s clients water the baskets throughout the season, and they do a terrific job! A fundraising campaign was launched this year to maintain this “growing” project on Historic Main Street and businesses, organizations and individuals supported the effort with their kind donations. With so many exciting events and projects being planned, there is a lot to see and celebrate in Placerville.

These activities and events bring a sense of pride to those who live, work or visit this vibrant community! And there are many other special events to stimulate your senses, like Girls Night Out, Bell Tower Brewfest, Antique & Craft Fairs, Car Shows and much more. For more information or to see a complete Calendar of Events for Historic Main Street please visit www.PlacervilleDowntown.com or call (530) 672-3436.

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the light poles along Main Street. The beautiful banners will debut on Historic Main Street in June and be exhibited until mid- October, when they will be taken down and sold at a Silent Auction during the October 20th Art & Wine Festival. Accompanying the banners on the light poles will be the beautiful, blooming flower baskets that adorn Main Street each year. A partnership has been established between PDA and

Special Events 2012 SPRING/SUMMER MARCH All Month Flower Basket Fundraiser Info: PlacervilleDowntown.com

SUMMER/FALL AUGUST Sunday, August 12 16th Annual Craft Faire 8am - 3pm

MAY Friday, May 4 Girls Night Out 6pm - 9pm

Thursday, August 23 Hangtown Car Show 5pm - 8pm (Info @ 622-1731)

Sunday, May 20 Hangtown Car Show 9am - 3pm (Info @ 622-1731)

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Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sierras and feel the cozy country atmosphere that invites you to make High Hill Ranch a family tradition. George Visman welcomes you to High Hill Ranch.

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School Field Trips Large Group Luncheons (by reservation only) Grassy Picnic Area Huge collection of apple peelers dating from the 1850s Local artists with high quality and hand made crafts

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Wonders of Winter Now is the season to come to Apple Hill® to choose and cut your perfect Christmas Tree! And if Mother Nature cooperates, maybe you’ll even see a dusting of snow. Several of our ranches specialize in Christmas Trees. Crystal Creek Tree Farm, Hillside Tree Farm, McGee Christmas Tree Farm, Rapetti Farms, Marvin Larsen Ranch and the two Roberts Christmas Tree Farms spend their year concentrating on creating the most beautiful trees for your holiday. A number of our apple ranches have Christmas trees as well (see p.23). While Douglas Firs and White Firs

are very popular, you might consider a Blue Spruce, Nordmann Fir or Silvertip to grace your home for 2012. And while you’re here, don’t forget to warm up by enjoying a hot beverage and a freshlymade treat at one of the several bakeshops that are open until midDecember (see map p.20-21). Coming a little later? You can still satisfy your sweet tooth right up until Christmas Eve at Abel’s Apple Acres, Harris Tree Farm, Boa Vista and High Hill Ranch. In January, the trees go dormant and the ranchers can sit back and relax a bit while watching for rain (or even snow). And

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Highlights December thru February Christmas Trees Hot Cider & Donuts Holiday Gifts and Goodies Snow Play Winter Wine & Brew Tastings

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while the farm work isn’t completely done (January and February are the months for cleanup, pruning and spraying) you might just run into some of the growers while visiting the Association wineries and Jack Russell Farm Brewery and Winery. The Tasting/Sales Rooms are cozy at this time of year and the proprietors rarely too busy to chat, being able to give you answers to Please see Winter, page 36

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some of the “fermentation science” questions you may have had during the crush. In addition, you’ll find some good prices as the wineries get ready to bottle for the next year! And how about making several of the Apple Hill® ranches a destination during those February holiday weekends? You can fend off the winter gloom with a massage at Time Out Spa or while you enjoy a pint at Jack Russell and select a winter bounty of fresh produce at Boa Vista. Cook up a Presidents’ or Valentine’s Day feast and don’t forget a bottle of wine from one of the Association wineries to toast your special someone!

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Yes; most ranches love dogs, as long as they are on a leash and their human companion cleans up after them. Except for service dogs, your canine friends won’t be allowed into bake-shops or food areas.

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Some Local Farmers’ Markets Placerville Ivy House Parking Lot, Saturdays 8am to noon, May 7- October 29

Folsom on Historic Sutter Street, Sundays 8am to noon, June- October

Placerville Main Street at the Bell Tower, Wednesdays 4pm to dusk, mid-June- October

Folsom at Broadstone Plaza (Home Depot), Saturdays 9am- 1pm, mid-June- September

El Dorado Hills in the Town Center Parking Lot, Sundays 9am-1pm, May 15- October 30

Whole Foods Roseville Fountains Market, Tuesdays 8:30am–1pm, year round

South Lake Tahoe at the American Legion Hall, Tuesdays 8am to 1pm, June 7 – October 11

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necessary change by Joan Delfino The year is 1962; the place a farm kitchen. Several neighbors are gathered around the table, grim faced. The news is the same from each; not only hardly a pear crop, but trees dying due to a devastating disease. What to do? Sell out and become a “bedroom” community for Sacramento? No, that was a last resort. But families had to be fed, kids had to go to school, land and equipment payments had to be made. One of the men takes a stub of a pencil and a grungy slip of paper out of his pock- Artwork by Jenny Briggs; prints available at www.jennybriggs.com et. He looks around the Apple Hill® was launched. Yes, that’s table. Licking the tip of how it started. And my husband and I the pencil, he addresses each of his were there. We’re still here, and we still neighbors, “How many trees, other than love it. The “Hill” still has narrow windpears, do you have? And what are they?” He scribbles numbers and fruit names on ing roads. But now they have lines in the his list. It soon becomes evident there are middle. From the lowest location on Carson Road, the patchwork-quilt vinemore apple trees than any other fruit yards of Boeger Winery, to the uppermost (with the exception of the dying pears). farm on our map, Harris There are peaches, cherTree Farm, we are still a ries, plums, nectarines, In the 1800’s the area group of farmers trying some apricots, and lots keep the “rural” in of berries. “Well, why we now call Apple Hill® to rural living. don’t we sell our apples So, what has hapto folks and plant a few was a grape and pened to all those more? By the time they wine-producing area. peach, plum and cherry understand what great trees, and all those berfruit we grow up here, ries? Well, as you might more varieties will be guess, the fruit is for sale, along with the ready to sell.” apples. Many of our bakeries feature Typically, farmers are not quick or risky decision-makers. But they love their peach and cherry pies. And blueberries!!! The blueberries grown on the “Hill” canland and their lifestyle. They will do just about anything to keep both of these. So, not be matched anywhere. Put them into 38

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a turnover or pie. Heaven! In the 1800’s the area we now call Apple Hill® was a grape and wineproducing area. Boeger Winery has gone from vineyard and winery to pears, and back to vineyard and winery in the past 150 years. Almost every farm had a small vineyard for home use. Apple Hill® now is home to seven wineries and one brewery. All are award-winning. For a family outing, take a picnic and come see the beauty that is Apple Hill® in the springtime. Mid-March the peaches will put on their show of graceful pink blossoms. Later in March the cherries and plums will greet you with their shades of white and variations of pink. Mid-April the pears will awaken with their snowball white blossoms, and in mid-to-late April the apple blossoms will greet you. The scent of the blossoms will be so intoxicating you may need to make a dinner stop in Placerville to sober up. So those neighbors that gathered around the kitchen table those fortysome years ago were just being what farmers are the world over: practical. There were more apples than peaches or cherries or anything else, so, “Let’s sell apples.” Well, it worked out. We do have great apples. But let’s not forget the rest of it. Besides all those stone fruits and berries, there are people, our neighbors, the finest, most friendly people anywhere. And we want to meet you, all of you!

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2012 Apple Hill ® Calendar of Events –

April-May Events

APRIL 28 & 29: APPLE-BLOSSOM DAYS Apple-Blossom activities, including trail run, at participating ranches. See www.applehill.com for ranches, activities, and times. MAY 12: JOAN BARSOTTI FUND BBQ #5 Kids Inc. www.barsottijuice.com/bbqbenefit for tickets MAY 12 & 13: MOTHERS’ DAY WEEKEND IRIS-BLOOM FESTIVAL #29 High Sierra Iris & Wedding Gardens. Picnic and enjoy the beautiful iris gardens. 642-1222 MAY 13: DAY OF WINE AND ROSES #55 Grace Patriot Wines, 11-5. Long-stemmed rose for mother with wine purchases. Taste “Hip Hip Rosé”. 642-8424 MAY 13: MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION #26 Lava Cap Winery, 11-5. Complimentary chrysanthemum for all mothers. 621-0175

June Events

JUNE 16 & 17: SPA DAY FOR MEN #27 Time Out, A Private Resort & Spa. Pampering for men, including lunch and decadent desserts. Charge. 644-0314 JUNE 17: FATHERS’ DAY VINEYARD TOURS #26 Lava Cap Winery, 11:30-2:00. Complimentary tour of the vines & wines. 621-0175. JUNE 30 & JULY 1: PATRIOT DAYS #55 Grace Patriot Wines. BBQ, tunes, and patriotic wines. 642-8424

July Events

JULY 14 & 15: LAVENDER FESTIVAL #56 Bluestone Meadow. You-Cut lavender, dried lavender, lavender projects, crafts, and train. www.bluestonemeadow.com JULY 21: COWBOYS & CORNBREAD #10 Rainbow Orchards, 11-4. Tasters’-Choice Chili Competition and Hangtown Harmonica- Contest. Cowboy poetry, music, car show, kids’ activities. Benefits El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. Charge. 644-1594 JULY 28: SUMMER TUNES IN THE VINEYARD #26 Lava Cap Winery, 3-7. Free. BBQ dinner for purchase. 621-0175

August Events

AUGUST 10 & 24: ALPEN GLOW AT SUNSET #55 Grace Patriot Wines. Bring a picnic and enjoy music and the colors of sunset. 642-8424 AUGUST 18--SEPT 29: LAVA CAP SUNSETS #26 Lava Cap Winery. Continuing event. Complimentary wine tasting. 621-0175

September Events

SEPT 1, 2, 3 (LABOR-DAY WEEKEND): OPENING DAYS OF MOST APPLE HILL® RANCHES SEPT 1: NINTH-ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #25 Wofford Acres Vineyards, 12-4. New releases & food. Charge for food. 626-6858

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SEPT 1, 2 & 3: THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #17 Grandpa’s Cellar. Complimentary glass of Barsotti apple juice and bakery treat for all visitors. Hourly drawing for free gifts. 644-2153 SEPT 8 & 9: ART IN THE ORCHARD Celebrate the arts and agriculture with activities at participating ranches. See p.26 of the Cider Press or www.applehill.com for ranches, activities, and times. Sponsored by the Apple Hill® Growers & El Dorado Arts Council. SEPT 8 & 9: SCARECROW-DECORATING CONTEST #14 Denver Dan’s Apple Patch. We provide materials; you provide imagination. $25 gift certificate to the winner. 644-6881 SEPT 9: GRANDPARENTS’ DAY #17 Grandpa’s Cellar, 10-5. Complimentary glass of Barsotti apple juice and a bakery treat for grandparents. Contests with prizes. 644-2153 SEPT 14: ALPEN GLOW AT SUNSET #55 Grace Patriot Wines. Bring a picnic and enjoy music and the colors of sunset. 642-8424 SEPT 14, 15 & 16: CHUGGERS’ SHOW #1 High Hill Ranch. Old-time steam engines. 644-1973 SEPT 15: TEDDY-BEARS’ PICNIC #10 Rainbow Orchards, 11-3. Kids’ games & live entertainment, teddy bear parade, petting zoo. Benefits El Dorado Family Connections. Charge for food & game tickets. 644-1594 SEPT 19: EVENING IN THE ORCHARD #10 Rainbow Orchards, 5-8. Harvest dinner in the apple barn with local foods & wine. Benefits Pollock Pines/ Camino Rotary. $40/person. Reservations: 644-1594 SEPT 22: KIDS’ BAKING-DAY #37 Apple Pantry Farm. Roll out pie dough and make an apple turnover. Free. Ages 16 and under. 318-2834 SEPT 22 & 23: KIDS’ DAYS #5 Kids Inc. Mini cooking-school, scarecrow-making contest (Sept. 22 only), walkin’ pie-eating contest, egg races. Free. 622-0184 SEPT 23: JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY Children’s activities at participating ranches in celebration of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. See p. 30 of the Cider Press or www.applehill.com for ranches, activities and times. SEPT 29: MODEL A’S IN APPLE HILL® #37 Apple Pantry Farm. Restored 1928-1931 Model A’s on display. Free. 318-2834 SEPT 29 & 30: DENVER DAN’S EIGHTIETHBIRTHDAY & THE RANCH’S FIFTIETHANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS #14 Denver Dan’s Apple Patch. Cake & cider, music, balloons, animals, face painting, pony rides. 644-6881

October Events

OCTOBER 6: BARREL-SAMPLES KICKOFF #25 Wofford Acres Vineyards, 12-4. $5 donation for breast cancer research. 626-6858 OCT 7: GIRL-SCOUTS’ SCARECROW CONTEST #84 Harris Tree Farm, 10-1. Come and see Girl-Scout scarecrows. Free. Girl-Scout troops: call for scarecrow application: 644-2194

OCT 26: NEVADA DAY #5 Kids Inc. Free a-la-mode ice cream w/purchase of dessert for NV residents. 622-0184 #55 Grace Patriot Wines, 11-5. Annual UNR Tailgate Party. 642-8424 OCT 26, 27, 28: NEVADA DAYS #25 Wofford Acres Vineyards, 11-4. 15% discount with NV ID. 626-6858 OCT 26-31: HAUNTED NATURE-TRAIL #17 Grandpa’s Cellar, 10-4, weather permitting. Suitable for young children. Free. 644-2153 OCT 27 & 28: TRICK-OR-TREAT DAYS #20 Apple Ridge Farms. Free treat bags for kids 12 and under. 647-0613 OCT 27, 28, 29: TORTE TASTING #14 Denver Dan’s Apple Patch. Apple-Bavarian-Torte Sampling. www.denverdansapplepatch.com

November Events

NOV 3: GUY FAWKES’ BONFIRE #36 Jack Russell Farm Brewery and Winery. 647-9420. NOV 4: APPLE HILL® HARVEST RUN. Benefits Camino School. See p. 29 of the Cider Press. Details and application: www.applehill.com NOV. 4: RUNNER APPRECIATION #10 Rainbow Orchards. Complimentary HOT applecider donut for runners wearing 2012-Run tee shirt. Outdoor BBQ, weather permitting. 644-1594 #17 Grandpa’s Cellar. Complimentary bakery treat and glass of Barsotti juice for runners wearing 2012-Run tee shirt. 644-2153 #25 Wofford Acres Vineyards. Complimentary ReserveTasting for runners wearing 2012-Run tee shirt. 626-6858 NOV 10: HOLIDAY-PIE PREVIEW #37 Apple Pantry Farm, 11-1. Free samples of holiday pies. 318-2834 NOV 10 & 11: VOLKSMARCH WALK #19 El Dorado Orchards. 5K, 10K & 13K walks sponsored by Placer Pacers’ Volksport Club. Registration: www.placerpacers.org. 647-2726 NOV 12: VETERANS’ DAY #5 Kids Inc. Live music, free a-la-mode ice cream for Veterans w/purchase of dessert. 622-0184 #10 Rainbow Orchards. Free HOT apple-cider donut to active & retired military showing their colors. Outdoor BBQ, weather permitting. 644-1594 #20 Apple Ridge Farms. 10% off your purchase for active & retired military. 647-0613 NOV 23: OPENING DAY OF MOST APPLE HILL® CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS Some may open the previous weekend.

2013 Events

APRIL 27 & 28: APPLE-BLOSSOM DAYS For participating ranches, activities & times check www.applehill.com in April, 2013.

Please visit www.applehill.com for more details and updates throughout the year. Member phone numbers and addresses on pages 20-21

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2012 Apple Hill® Cider Press