Apple Hill: A Farm-Hopping Experience Not To Miss
Just a 50 minute drive from Sacramento is a farm collaborative known as Apple Hill. This collection of farms works together to support agricultural tourism and “farm-hopping” day trips. In total, there are close to 50 farms all located nearby each other and conveniently located off Highway 50. You’ll be able to identify the farms by their shared Apple Hill sign, and you can pick up a map at the larger farms.
If you’re new to the area, like we are, the map provided free by the farms also has different suggested routes. For example, there is a Hard Cider Trail and a Bake Shop Trail. On our recent visit, we made our own route where we stopped at a few awesome farms and a few less than awesome farms.
farms to visit at apple hill
Rainbow Orchards is a perfect mid-morning stop as their freshly made apple cider doughnuts are prefect to munch on over a map while you plan your route. Rainbow Orchards also has a farm stand that sells in season fruit and lots of wonderful fall pumpkins (we picked up a mini).
Delfino Farms has stunning vistas that can be enjoyed from the ample deck space. This stop is known for their hard cider and apple pies. They also have a walking trail, farm animals, and ample space to hang out. Just be careful getting out of their driveway (we almost got stuck)!
24 Carrot Farm
Though the apple picking at 24 Carrot Farm was disappointing, I did really enjoy picking our own tomatoes and flowers. Their farm stand was also particularly well-stocked with fresh, organic veggies.
In addition to visiting for apple goodies, Apple Hill also has farms with pick-your-own fruit (depending on the season), Christmas trees, events, and festivals. I’m definitely going to go to the Lavender Blue Festival in late June!