Cuyama Orchards is a family run apple farm that's full of beauty and 300 acres of apples!
Having grown up in California, I've been able to visit some wonderful, picturesque places.
From the Sequoia National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains to the Channel Islands, California is full of beauty.
And now I can add another gem to the list -- Cuyama Orchards.
This breathtaking organic apple farm is on the eastern side of the California coastal range, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara in the Cuyama Valley.
Owned by the Albano family for just over 30 years, this farm is not open to the public, so I'm very grateful to Melissa's Produce for taking me there, along with a few of my favorite food bloggers.
The Albanos grow 10 varieties of apples in their 300-acre orchard: Gala, Sweeties, Honeycrisp, Early Fuji, Granny Smith, Crimson Gold, Standard Fuji, Pink Ladies, Arkansas Blacks and Pippins.
Byron, Jean and Howard Albano
Jean Albano maintains that either the Honeycrisp or Fuji is her favorite variety, while both Byron and Howard are partial to the Crimson Gold.
With this information in mind, I jogged after some moving bins to grab a Fuji. Delicious!
I loved seeing the field workers smile as they picked the apples (by hand.)
This worker at Cuyama Orchards is surrounded by Crimson Gold apples.
These might have been my favorite trees on the farm -- the Crimson Golds are very small and cluster together like grapes.
Work on the Orchard
There's so much happening in this beautiful place -- field workers are climbing on ladders, they're picking apples (of course!), they're driving bins filled with 900 pounds of fruit each, they're cleaning, packing, the list goes on and on.
Yet, it's still incredibly peaceful and serene.
While they're pretty perfect out of hand, I'm really looking forward to cooking with these Cuyama apples.
From the people to the apple trees to the surrounding mountains -- this was a beautiful day.
I'm so happy I had the opportunity to visit Cuyama Orchards with Melissa's Produce.
To learn a lot more great information about this organic apple farm, check out Dorothy's post at Shockingly Delicious.
Red Wine Poached Crimson Gold Apples is and amazing dessert recipe made with these special apples. Try it!
I hope you enjoyed my tour through the orchards.