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Go Apple Picking In San Diego: The Top 5 U-Pick Apple Farms and Orchards

Apple picking in San Diego is perfect for the fall season! The autumn leaves, pumpkin patches, and apples galore all mean it’s time to take your family to these u-pick apple farms and orchards for the Julian apple picking season.

Go Apple Picking In San Diego - The top 5 Julian apple picking U-pick apple farms and orchards to take your family this fall

Fall is near, and it’s the perfect time to take the family apple picking! We went last year and the kids had a great time, choose your favorite apples on the farm. If you love apple season and baking with apples (and we LOVE this apple cinnamon oatmeal bars recipe), it’s time to go picking! Apple picking season in Southern California is late August through October, not too long so it’s time to make plans to take the family.

row of apple trees, Calico Farms, Julian CA

Calico Ranch Apple Orchard, Julian, CA

Apple Picking In San Diego: Top 5 U-Pick Apple Farms and Orchards

If you’re near the San Diego, California area and are looking for the best apple picking orchards and farms, I’ve been to a few that I can recommend. Be sure to call each San Diego apple picking property for their specific dates and hours of operation, most are in Julian, CA, the apple pie town near San Diego, which is an hour outside of the city. Julian apple picking is a lot of fun, here are 5 places to go apple picking in San Diego…

5 Orchards to Go Apple Picking In San Diego this Fall

1. Calico Ranch Apple Orchard

4200 Highway 78, Julian, CA, 92036
760-765-3620

A 30 acre orchard right outside of Julian, this little gem gave us a couple of hours of apple picking in Julian! This farm is right off of the 78 freeway, we came home with a ton of apples and ate them for about a week. Here’s my post about Calico Ranch Apple Picking Farm in Julian, CA this is one of our favorites places to go apple picking in San Diego!

2. Sentenac Ranch 

3515 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
858-342-1667

This orchard features over 170 acres of land that houses cherry, pear, plum and organic apple trees. The have a pumpkin patch in the Fall, and you can pick those, too. Also, this ranch style venue has a huge lake and is available for weddings and corporate functions.

Pick fresh apples this fall with these great places to go Julian apple picking in San Diego

3. Julian Mining Company

4444 highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
951-313-0166

Offers plenty of activities for families, gold and gem mining, crafts and produce farms are a few. U-Pick offerings include apples, pumpkins and raspberries, when available.

4. Apple Starr Orchards

1287 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
760-305-2169

Apple Starr Orchards is one of the most popular u-pick farms, it offers certified organic apple and pears of many varieties. We tried to go here for some Julian apple picking last year and they were almost out of apples, I suggest going in late-August/early September for the best pickings. $25 for a 12 lb. bag.

5. Apples and Art Orchards

1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
applesandart@sbcglobal.net

A U-Pick apple orchard that offers 5 lbs of red delicious, Fuji, and Arkansas Black apple harvest for just $10. I haven’t been to this one, but it sounds pretty cool. This place requires group reservations, so make sure you contact them soon! 10 bag minimum.

Apple picking in San Diego - boy picking apples from tree in Julian, CA

Happy family apple picking in San Diego!

Enjoy your time apple picking in Julian, or wherever you decide to go this fall!

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