Corcoran Ranch Apple Orchard
Granny Smith Apples
In 2009, one of our customers, Chris Matthew, a professional photographer and owner of Premier Sports San Diego, took this picture while his family enjoyed time in the orchard. An email arrived late that Sunday night with two pictures attached. It was our first season after the Witch Creek Fire of 2007, and our family was touched by his ability to capture what we thought was the perfect picture of one of our Granny Smith apples. We still consider ourselves very lucky to have had 100 trees survive the heat of that fire! We had this picture enlarged and framed, and it now hangs in our new house!
Orchard Season 2014
We are sorry to say that we will not be open for weekend picking this year! (Read on for the explanation.)
Last year, we concluded that our limited apple crop was due to insufficient pollen exchange between our Granny Smith apples and our pollinators, the golden and red delicious apple trees that are planted in the orchard. The pollinators bloomed two weeks after the Granny Smith trees. This year, we have concluded that the limited apple crop is due to an insufficient number of chill hours. Neither the leaves nor the blossoms on the trees emerged in what we would have said was a normal pattern for our small micro-climate.
Our family wants all of you to know that we miss seeing you, and we hope next season gives us a large crop!
We hope to see you next season. We'll update the site in October, 2015.
The general public is invited to pick on WEEKENDS ONLY.
Picking Hours: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
We provide plastic bags, pickers, 6 picnic tables, and recipes.
No dogs, please.
Field Trip Groups
Field Trip Presentations are done (by reservation) on WEEKDAYS.
We charge $10.00 per student for school and scout groups.
We charge $10.00 per family for home school groups.
The $10.00 charge entitles you to the presentation and 10 apples.
We charge $1.00 per pound for additional apples picked.
Please call or email me to schedule a field trip.
We'll find a time that's best for you.