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Apple Hill kicked off apple season over the Labor Day weekend.

Growers at more than 50 farms, vineyards and gardens along the Apple Hill route in El Dorado County’s Sierra foothills are welcoming tourists. Some neighbors, however, believe it’s too soon, considering the severity of the Caldor Fire.

Several adjacent mountain towns were destroyed by the devastating wildfire, and several surrounding regions are currently under mandatory evacuation orders or evacuation advisories.

It has even affected some growers in the area.

However, because farms and ranches along the Apple Hill route are not under evacuation orders, the committee concluded that the opening benefits growers and visitors.

The growers’ organization cautions tourists that there are still fire and construction-related road restrictions on Apple Hill on weekends, which may cause travel delays.

The Apple Hill Growers are located in the Sierra foothill community of Placerville, well off the usual route between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. They are a farming and winemaking community with a long history, and a new generation of farmers welcomes you to share the experience with your family and friends.

Visit their website for more information about Apple Hill, its history, and its upcoming events.