Apple Season in Southern California is from August to September. Our family has been apple picking for almost (6) years. We usually drive to Oak Glen, California to pick our apples. This year, we changed our family field trip and visited Volcan Valley Apple Farm in the city of Julian. The drive seemed shorter and we tried something new as a family. It was a success with everyone in our family. Let me share with you our family experience and our family photos.
We arrived in the afternoon, just in time to pick the best apples of the season. We were a little surprised that the apples were small. We asked the farmer about the apples and he told us that it was because of the drought. As you know, California agriculture is going through hard times as a result of the water shortage. It was very evident on the drive to the orchard. The hills are brown and the roads have little or no plants at all. The farmer made lots of sense in explaining the crop size. The size of the apples did not matter to us because they still tasted delicious. We still found joy in picking and eating fresh apples.
The farm was full of families picking apples and enjoying the day. It was great to see so many people with their families field tripping. After apple picking we headed to Julian Apple Pie Shop down the road. Picking apple was hard work and all of us were super hungry. Carmel apple pie was with a small cup of coffee was the cure for this problem. Mmmmmmmmmm. The kids had milk instead of the coffee with their slice of pie. Our pie was gone before we arrived home. The pies are small...(wink, wink). OK, really our slices were quite generous.
The family field trip adventure was full of delicious treats and new finds. As we exited out of town, we noticed a sign for Camel Farm offering an open house next month. Camel farm, huh? We are coming back to Julian to see the camels. Can't say no to an open house with camels.
Now, let's get back to the family field trip. The pick was very fruitful and tasty. We highly recommend that you plan a trip to the apple orchards next year because this year the season is just about over in Julian. We called around to find out who was still open for picking in the Julian area and everyone that we contacted was closed. The Chamber of Commerce for Julian responded by saying that one or two orchards are still open by appointment only. They did not offer any contact information or links to apple farms. It is safe to say that the best pick for apples in Julian will be next August or September. Fresh fruit doesn't keep a long schedule. Keep that in mind when planning a trip to the local farms.
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.