SAN DIEGO — Need a cool Instagram backdrop or looking to just naturally embrace the fall vibes in San Diego County? Well, apple picking season is here.
Popular among locals, apple picking typically starts in September and often ends in mid-October.
It’s also a healthy activity and food source, too. According to the California Foundation for Agriculture, eating a medium-sized apple provides 20% of the daily requirement for dietary fiber, 8% of the daily requirement for vitamin C and is a healthy source of potassium.
But where can you find and pick these fresh fruits? FOX 5 compiled a list of local apple orchards where you’ll be able to create lasting memories with family and friends:
Volcan Valley Apple Farm
1284 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nestled between two wineries at Wynola Road and Julian Orchards Drive, Volcan Valley Apple Farm is a 10-acre orchard has seven varieties of apples. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.
Apple Starr Orchard
1020 Julian Orchard Drive, Julia
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last customer in the Orchard at 4:30 p.m.
With a balance between apples and pears, Apple Starr Orchard contains 1,000 trees, ranging in age from 20 to 70 years. The majority of trees have low branches that children can access.
Julian Farm & Orchard
4444 State Hwy 78, Julian/Wynola
Open Saturdays and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Go apple picking or pick raspberries and blackberries at Julian Farm & Orchard.
3803 Wynola Road, Julian
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Home to more than 200 thriving apple trees, Peacefield Orchard bears reds, goldens and Granny Smith. Thought to be the oldest apple tree in Julian, Granny Gravenstein lives on at Peacefield.
Apples and Art Orchards
1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian
Open daily for groups that pick 20 bags of apples or more, with two time slots a day — 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Apples and Art Orchards is a U-Pick apple orchard, where for $12 you can pick a “half peck of apples,” which is about 5 pounds. For groups of 20 or more bags picked, a tour of the orchard and your own free apple cider making and tasting experience will be provided. A deposit of $60 is required up front to hold the reservation two weeks before the date.