How ’bout them apples?

illustration by Mark stivers

It’s apple season. In other words, the perfect time to visit Apple Hill, a collective of more than 50 growers in foothills of the Sierra Nevada—an annual tradition for many Sacramentans. Visitors can make a day trip before Thanksgiving to stock up on fresh-picked apples and other fall fruits and veggies, or simply go for some wine and beer tasting. The only problem is deciding where to go if you’ve only got one day. Here is my personal favorite itinerary: Sip some brews and hard cider and eat lunch at the Jack Russell Farm Brewery (2380 Larsen Drive in Camino); pick apples at Bolster’s Hilltop Ranch (2000 Larsen Drive in Camino); eat some apple doughnuts at Rainbow Orchards (2569 Larsen Drive in Camino); and pick up pies, Barsotti Juice Company’s cider and other products for the road at Boa Vista Orchards (2952 Carson Road in Placerville). For more information—including maps and events—visit