Apple Cider and Pies Fresh From Orchards on Yosemite's Western Border - My Yosemite Park

Apple Cider and Pies Fresh From Orchards on Yosemite's Western Border

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Get a taste for local apples at Indigeny Reserve or Cover’s Apple Ranch.

Nearly 100 years ago, apple orchards sprouted up all over Tuolumne County, and people paid $2 more per box for Tuolumne apples than others. While most of the orchards have disappeared, you can visit two different properties near Sonora that offer incredible local experiences.

Indigeny Reserve

The covered bridge at Indigeny Reserve near Sonora, Calif.

The covered bridge at Indigeny Reserve near Sonora, Calif. 

About a 15-minute drive from downtown Sonora, Indigeny Reserve was founded by Jay and Judy Watson who opened its doors to the public in 2012. From their organic apple orchards that run up and down 160 acres, the Watsons and their sons produce hard ciders, brandy and vodkas. Head to their beautiful tasting bar to sample the apple products, peruse the gift shop or enjoy a picnic and hiking trails on the property. (indigenyreserve.com

Cover's Apple Ranch

Children gather around a pie-making demonstration at Cover's Apple Ranch near Sonora, Calif. Photo courtesy of Tuolumne County

Children gather around a pie-making demonstration at Cover's Apple Ranch near Sonora, Calif.

Equally close to Sonora is Cover’s Apple Ranch where apple trees have grown since Walter Ralph planted them in 1929. Catering to families, the ranch has barnyard animals and a miniature train kids can ride. Sip fresh-pressed cider and eat at the ranch’s deli where baked goods are hard to resist. Your friends will grow tired of you raving about the ranch's seasonal pies when you return home. But don’t let that stop you from buying one. (www.coversappleranch.com)

Farm animals pose for their picture at Cover's Apple Ranch near Sonora

Farm animals pose for their picture at Cover's Apple Ranch near Sonora

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