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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Central California in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Nevada County

  • Beirwagen's Donner Trail Fruit - U-pick apples, Pumpkins on weekends in October, apple cider,
    17437 Lower Colfax Rd, Chicago Park, CA . Phone: 530-477-5992. Open: weekends in October. Directions: Located next to the Happy Apple Kitchen in Chicago Park, CA at 18532 Hwy 174. Click here for a map and directions. . * horse-drawn wagon rides * a corn maze * children's play area * farm animals * antique farm implements * picnic area and snack shack. The restaurant has WONDERFUL homemade pies. We open up our farm during the month of October for you to enjoy with your whole family. Pumpkin Patch, Apple Picking, Farm animals, fresh cider and weekends we open up the Snack Shack for our famous Apple Fritter Nuggets! Our Farm Market is . We offer a variety of seasonal produce grown and produced locally in Nevada and Placer Counties. More Info please call 530-273-4005. The Bierwagen Farm is also located in Chicago Park at 17437 Lower Colfax Rd. The Farm is only open to Farm Tours and Special Events and during the month of October for our Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival. More Info please call. Snack shack is serving hamburgers hot dogs, cupcakes and cookies until about 2pm. *Pumpkin patch and you pick apples are open. *Free parking and free admission

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)