Apple Hill, the apple growing region just outside of Sacramento boasts over 50 farms growing local apples and offering visitors experiences of all types. Located just off Highway 50 on the way to South Lake Tahoe, Apple Hill is the perfect diversion for tourists and locals. Most apple farms in the area serve up homemade style apple pies during peak apple season. We asked around and tried our share of pies and found our favorite this apple season.
Apple Pantry Farm is in it’s 12th season and has been providing a quaint picturesque stop to guests to try their homemade style pies served up with creamy vanilla ice cream. The farm is located on Hidden Valley Road a country road off the beaten trail and tourists thin out here and the pace immediately slows down. During our visit on a Friday during peak season, tourists were arriving by busload at the more crowded farms and this one we had the whole place to ourselves for part of our visit.
Pie with a side of ice cream is $5 and choices include Apple, Dutch Apple, Blackberry Sour Cream and
more. We chose the traditional apple pie with a big scoop of the best vanilla ice cream we have had in a while. There is outside shaded seating at a rustic wooden bar and tables and a group picnic area is available. Views abound when visitors settle down with slices of pie. Valley views provide expansive scenes including apple orchards and grassy hillsides.
A pie shop is available for purchasing frozen pies of all varieties. Pies range from $16-18 and can be frozen and then baked at home to recreate the Apple Pantry Farm experience. The nicest ladies around run this shop and they sat down with us on a shady seat and pointed out all their favorite stops along the Apple Hill map.
Apple Pantry Farm is located at 2310 Hidden Valley Rd. in Camino, CA and is open Thursday through Sunday during apple season. Dirt parking lot and restrooms available. Call 530-318-2834 for hours and availability.