Monday, Sep 17 2012 02:59 PM

It's apple season in Tehachapi

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Andrew Pulford picks apples at Pulford AppleTree Orchard in Tehachapi. Apples will be available at Pulford's through the end of November. Photo by Ed Gordon

Barbara Tieskotter at RB Family Orchard prepares to load the press and dehydrators with Gala apples to make cider and dried apple rings that are a big hit every year. Photo by Ed Gordon

Apple season is here and growers are ready. The season arrived a little early this year with some orchards opening in early September.

Tehachapi orchards grow about 20 different apple varieties and this year’s crop looks to be very good.

Orchards include:

Jadric Ranch at 22288 Highway 202. Their McIntosh apples are awaiting the U-Pick crowd, while they last. They are open 8 a.m. to noon daily and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends.

Also open is Pulford AppleTree Orchard on Highline Road just west of Tucker Road and RB Family Orchard at 1437 Casey Drive. Both are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. They feature Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala, and other varieties. Pulford and RB also have apple cider available. Early Galas from Pulford’s are available at The Apple Shed restaurant on Tehachapi Blvd. while they last.

Kolesar’s Apples at the corner of Highline Road and Casey Drive has seven varieties available including Empire, Rome and Fuji. They are open for U-Pick on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while apples last.

Knaus Ranch at Tucker and Cherry Lane will have U-Pick Red and Golden Delicious apples starting on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Dries Farms at 19670 Easy Street, just off Banducci Road, will also be opening on Sept. 24 with a variety of apples to chose from.

Bring your own containers to hold the apples you pick. Sunscreen and a hat can help keep sunburn to a minimum. Bringing plenty of water will help you stay hydrated while you pick your fruit. A camera comes in handy, especially if you bring the whole family.

Apple of the Earth Farm and Ha’s Apple Farm will not be open to the public this year. They have be selling their apples wholesale to other sources.

Call or watch for the signs along the road if your heart is set on picking your own apples. Many of the farms also offer small stands with cider, butters, crisps and strudels, and even fresh in-season produce items.

Visit the farms and get those apples for your pies and apple sauce or just a snack and pick up that cider to heat it up for those cold nights ahead. Several varieties of apples will be available through mid-October to early November unless they sell out early.

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