Apple pick'n and cider in the Bay Area?
Hi, does anyone knows of a good place to pick your own apples and drink some fresh cider? I am looking for something similar to farms they have on the east coast.
Depending where you are in the SF bay area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County. If that's you, consider Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. You can pick your own, drink cider, eat monsterously high apple pie, and then meander the beach in Santa Cruz.
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mercury News article on Gizdich Ranch:
PS This web site indexes pick-your-own farms in the SF Bay area. Kind of a clunky site, but great info:
Does anyone know which, if any, of the u-pick places in Sonoma (or other places nearby) have unpasteurized cider? I, too, would love to replicate that East Coast apple-picking experience, of which the fresh, unpasteurized cider straight from the mill was an essential part. If Gabriel Farms is the stand at the Berkeley Farmer's market I'm thinking of, I think their drinks are more like juice than cider...?
(Apple Hill seems perfect, but probably too far to drive this weekend...)
re: Emily Hope
OK, I poked around a bit more and found:
Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: (707) 823-2815
Description: Apples, and apple products, pies, bread, juice & cider, jams & jellies. Also dried fruits, honey, almonds, walnuts, pears, persimmons, pumpkins and gifts.
You might want to call them to ask about their cider before you go.
Also, here's another web resource:
The Northern CA section of AllAboutApples
(It lists far more cider presses in southern CA, but that could just be because of what folks choose to say about themselves.)