Apple Picking at Farms and Orchards in California

Greater Bay Area Apple Picking Farms


Fall has officially arrived, and this means it’s the perfect time to plan a family outing to a local orchard to bring home the fall harvest of apples. Apple picking is fun for kids because the fruit is easy to grab for our smaller people. Grab enough apples to make an amazing homecooked pie, apple sauce or yummy apple butter. It’s best to check the farms website or Facebook page before you head out to find out what’s fresh and available.


Be sure to bring:

Water in reusable water bottles

Snacks or a picnic lunch

Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats

Grocery bags for picking



Sonoma County


Apple-a-Day Ratzlaff Ranch

13128 Occidental Rd.
Sebastopol, CA


Chileno Valley Ranch

5105 Chileno Valley Ranch

Petaluma, CA



Gabriel Farm

3175 Sullivan Rd.
Sebastopol, CA


Hale’s Apple Farm

1526 Gravenstien Hwy North

Sebastopol, CA




Around Monterey Bay


Swanton Pacific Ranch

480 Swanton Road
Davenport, CA


Clearview Orchards

646 Trabing Rd.
Watsonville, CA


Gizdich Ranch

55 Peckham Rd.
Watsonville, CA


Live Earth Farm

1275 Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA


Sierra Foothills
For a bit of a longer trek, you’ll get no better apple selection than in the Apple Hill Region, about fifty miles east of Sacramento. With over 55 ranches offering different apple varieties and activities, you are bound to find the perfect experience for the kids. The Apple Hill Growers Association lists orchard details including U-pick hours, picnic areas, local attractions, and more. The u-pick ranches tend to be very small and very popular, so it is a good idea to call the ranches themselves to make sure they have the apple variety you want and that the fruit is available.

For more farms in the Apple Hill Growers Association, check out their site and print out their convenient map.



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23 Sep 2019