- Apple Hill
Apple Hill is a Growers Association in the
Sierra Mountain foothillsin El Dorado County, California, that is a widely visited place for its rural ambiance, applesproducts including piesand cider.
In the early 1960s, a pear blight encouraged growers in and around
Camino, CAto switch their production to apples.American Profile; [http://www.americanprofile.com/spotlights/article/1798.html Apple Hill] ] Gene Bolster, who was an apple grower; Dick Bethell, El Dorado county's pomologyspecialist and farm advisor; Ed Delfino, the county's agricultural commissioner; and Bob Tuck, a retired army officer, organized what is known today as the Apple Hill Growers Association. [http://www.applehill.com/site/history.html History of Apple Hill] ]
tarting a Mission
The team started in mid-June 1964. They had finished preparing everything in August for the first press
picnic. The picnic consisted of each Apple Hill family hosting a meal for some of the press members. Many of these press members became close friends. The growers also produced 50,000 paper litter bags that were passed out at the state fair. They offered 2 pounds of free apples to anybody who brought a bag with them on an Apple Hill visit.
Apple Hill consisted of 16 original
ranches, eventually growing to 55 ranches including Christmas treegrowers, and wineries, vineyards, a microbrewery, and a spa. In 2001, more than 9,300 tons of apples and 2,494 tons of pears were produced by local growers.
* [http://www.applehill.com/ "Apple Hill Growers Association"]
* [http://www.visit-eldorado.com/applehill.html "Apple Hill in El Dorado County"]
* [http://www.applehillwineries.com/ "Apple Hill Wineries"]
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