Your Guide to Apple Hill Farms During the Fall
September 6, 2016

Your Guide to Apple Hill Farms During the Fall

This post was updated August 21, 2018 to include current information and recommendations for the upcoming fall season.

Fall is truly one of the most magical times of the year. It’s synonymous with cozy sweaters, roaring fires and all things apple and pumpkin. One of the most stereotypical (and kid-friendly) activities is a trip to a nearby farm where you can pick your own apples, embark on a hayride, pet farm animals and pick out the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.

Apple Hill Farms just outside of Sacramento is the ultimate destination for all of these fall rituals — plus bakery treats, picnics, wineries and more! Fall is their busiest and most popular season, so it’s a great time to visit if you haven’t already.

Apple Hill Farms, California

Photo courtesy of Apple Pantry Farm

In the community of farms, ranches, orchards and family businesses, you’ll find a huge variety of apple and fruit farms, bake shops, wineries, a spa, flower gardens, wedding venues, berry farms and Christmas tree groves. Explore the winding roads and the scenic beauty that has made Apple Hill Farms a go-to family destination for over 50 years!

To make the overwhelming task of visiting Apple Hill during the fall a little less daunting, use our guide to narrow down your activities, depending on the specific needs of your family.

In search of a delicious fall treat? Check out these 13 must-try bake shops in Apple Hill, filled with apple cider donuts, pies, strudel, and more!


What should I expect?

Apple Hill Farms is comprised of a network of over 50 farms spaced out all over the Placerville region. Because each farm offers a variety of features, attractions and special produce, you will never run out of things to do. In fact, the main trouble you’ll have is narrowing down what to include in a day’s visit, which is exactly why we created this guide!


Where can I pick apples?

While the farms at Apple Hill provide a number of activities during the fall, apple picking is one of the most popular reasons for a visit!

There are several apple farms that grow fresh apples, available to purchase or to pick straight from the tree yourself. Either way, you’re guaranteed to get some of the freshest and juiciest apples around, perfect for turning into apple cider, baking an apple pie, or simply sinking your teeth into!

Apple Hill Farms

Abel’s Apple Acres

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Labor Day Weekend – December 24

Daily 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Apple Pantry Farm

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Mid-September – Mid-November

Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (September + November)

Apple Ridge Farms

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August 28 – December 2

Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. + Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Apple Ridge Farms, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Ridge Farms

Bodhaine Ranch

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August 31 – December 9

Daily 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (August 31 – November 21)

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (November 23 – December 9)

Bodhaine Ranch, Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Bolster’s Hilltop Ranch

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Weekends Only 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (September)

Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (October – November 24)

24Carrot Farm

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April 28 – November 21

Thursday – Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. + Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

September + October: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Delfino Farms

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September 1 – November 19

Friday – Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kids Inc./Delfino Farms, Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Delfino Farms

Denver Dan’s Apple Patch

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September 3 – November 22

Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (September 3 – November 22)

Friday – Sunday Only 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November 22 – December 10)

Denver Dan's Apple Patch, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Fudge Factory Farm

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September – Mid-December

Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (September + October)

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November)

Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (December)

Goldbud Farms

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July 15 – December 15

Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch

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September 8 – November 5 

Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Goyette's North Canyon Ranch, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Harris Tree Farm

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June 7 – December 24 

Thursday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

High Hill Ranch

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August 18 – December 24

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Larsen Apple Barn & Bakeshop

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September 3 – December 24

Sunday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mill View Ranch

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Daily 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch

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September 1 – December 16

Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

O'Halloran's Apple Trail Ranch. Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Rainbow Orchards

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September 9 – December 10

Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (September 9 – November 25)

Weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (December 2 – 10)

Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden

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August 31 – November 25

Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Valerie Buell via Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden

Smokey Ridge Farmstand

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April 21 – December 9

Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (April 21 – August 31)

Friday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (September 1 – November 11) 

Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November 16 – December 9)


Windmiller Farm

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September 28 – November 3

Friday – Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Where can I find the perfect pumpkin?

There is a myriad of fall activities available at the farms, from drinking farm-fresh apple cider to picking the perfect pumpkin. While several Apple Hill farms grow pumpkins, these are a handful of the best for your pumpkin-pickin’ adventure:

Bluestone Meadow is growing eight varieties of pumpkins this year, including their most successful Challenger Pumpkins, which have deep ribbing, a long and thick green sturdy handle and a dark orange color, ranging between 22 and 26 pounds each. Get driving directions to Bluestone Meadow here.

Apple Hill Farms Pumpkin Patches

Mill View Ranch hosts an enormous pumpkin patch, which grows in size each year (no pun intended). With so many other fall treats on site — including pies, jams, apples, popcorn balls, a live scarecrow and more — this is the perfect destination for picking pumpkins! Get driving directions to Mill View Ranch here.

O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch has a 3-acre pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. All of their pumpkins are ready for you to cut off the vine to turn into a jack-o-lantern or decorate your home with! Get driving directions to O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch here.

Looking for more patches filled with pumpkins? Check out all the farms with pumpkins in the Apple Hill Farms region.


How do I find the farm I’m interested in?

Use Apple Hill Farms’ convenient Farm Finder to locate a farm you’re interested in. In fact, you can filter your search by apples, bake shops, Christmas trees, flowers, food, gifts/crafts, kids’ activities, other fruits, pumpkins, spas, u-pick farms, and wineries!


What activities do the farms have specifically for kids?

Kid Activities at Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

While most Apple Hill destinations are suitable for children (besides the wineries and the spa, of course), there are several activities specifically geared toward kids. Check out their lengthy collection of farms the kids are sure to enjoy, featuring all sorts of activities from scavenger hunts to gold panning and corn mazes to pony rides!


When is the best time to go?

As can be predicted, weekends during the fall are quite busy at the farms. If your schedule allows, consider visiting the farm during the week, especially if you have little ones who aren’t in school yet — or don’t have little ones at all! Otherwise, consider following the farmers’ lead and getting to the farms early in the morning to beat the mid-day crowds.

It’s also important to keep in mind that each farm follows a different schedule, so make sure you check their hours of operation before your visit!


Which wineries can I visit?

If you’re after a relaxing, kid-free adventure in Apple Hill or simply want to unwind after an afternoon spent picking apples, a visit to one of the area’s wineries is your answer. And thankfully, they’re not in short supply.

Apple Hill Farms Wineries

Photos courtesy of Lava Cap WineryFenton Herriott Vineyards and Boeger Winery

Boeger Winery is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This picture-perfect winery rests on a historic homestead with a breathtaking backdrop. Boeger was founded in 1972, and is the oldest commercial winery in El Dorado! Stop by their intimate tasting room to sample some quality wine in a historic setting.

Fenton Herriott Vineyards is a Placerville winery with a long-standing passion for exceptional wine. Their attention to detail from grape to glass is evident with each sip. Stop by to experience this first-hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week, year-round.

Sample Lava Cap Winery’s wines in their tasting room then enjoy a picnic in the gardens overlooking their vineyard. Sip on their premium estate bottled wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Syrah. Lava Cap is open daily all year long from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need more winery suggestions? Stop by Madrona Vineyards, Wofford Acres Vineyard, or Rucksack Cellars. You can’t go wrong with any wines crafted in this region filled with rich soil and educated winemakers!


Did I hear something about a spa?

You sure did! Time Out Spa and Resort is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body after a long day spent on the farms — or a long week at work! Indulge with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or any of the spa’s additional pampering servicesBook your appointment, but keep in mind that Time Out is closed on Mondays, open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and open Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Apple Hill Spa


What did we miss?

With so many farms and fall-loving activities, it’s likely we missed one of your favorite components of Apple Hill. Let us know, and we might just add it to our guide!

Category Neighborhood Guides, Placerville

Cathy Harrington

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