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The Organic Apple Orchard is open seasonally to the public, Cal Poly alumni, and grade-school groups.

Certified annually by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and yielding five tons of apples per year, the ranch's 2-acre orchard produces a diverse array of apples for many uses. The 16 distinct varieties ripen progressively throughout the fall allowing for an extended picking season. Grade-school groups are encouraged to arrange visits to the U-Pick where children receive an overview of ecological processes in organic farming before they set out to collect apples.

Early Season

Gingergold Apples

GINGERGOLD

Crisp texture with a sweet yet mildly tart taste. Great for salads.

Harvest: August

Holstein Apples

HOLSTEIN

Tart, yet vibrant flavors making it great for desserts and juicing.

Harvest: September

Lodi Apples

LODI

Crisp and juicy with a balance of acid and sugar. Good for baking and storing.

Harvest: August

Red Delicious Apples

RED DELICIOUS

Sweet and juicy; great for salads and use in decorations.

Harvest: September

Red Gravenstein Apples

RED GRAVENSTEIN

Very crisp and juicy; a favorite cooking apple.

Harvest: August

Royal Gala Apples

ROYAL GALA

Wonderful dessert apple with a nice blend of sweetness and tartness. Crisp texture and rich in flavor.

Harvest: September

Sali Red Delicious Apples

SALI RED DELICIOUS

Sweet and juicy with a beautiful deep red color.

Harvest: September

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Mid Season

Cox Orange Pippin Apples

COX ORANGE PIPPIN

Rich and crisp. Great for desserts.

Harvest: September - October

Fugi Apples

FUJI

Sweet and flavorful with a very crisp texture; excellent for storing.

Harvest: September - October

Jonagold Apples

JONAGOLD

Superb flavor, crisp, juicy, sub acid, an all-purpose apple that's great for pies and freezing.

Harvest: September - October

Newton Pippin Apples

NEWTON PIPPIN

A crisp texture, juicy and slightly tart, making it great for cooking and baking.

Harvest: October

Snow (Femeuse) Apples

SNOW (FAMEUSE)

Tender in texture with a spicy, refreshing flavor, making it good for desserts and cooking.

Harvest: September - October

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Late Season

Golden Russet Apples

GOLDEN RUSSET

Very sweet and crisp. Great for salads, sauces and pies.

Harvest: October

Granny Smith Apples

GRANNY SMITH

Tart and crisp with excellent flavor.

Harvest: October

Suntan Apples

SUNTAN

Dessert apple with a rich, sweet flavor and pineapple-like acidity. Very aromatic.

Harvest: October - November

Yellow Newton Pippin Apples

YELLOW NEWTON PIPPIN

Firm, crisp, and slightly tart.Good for salads and baking.

Harvest: October

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