making into a favorite pie.Apple and pear season is in full swing in San Diego's mountain region, and there's plenty of fruit ripe for the picking. Visiting a "U Pick" orchard is a fun way to kick off autumn and bring home fresh-from-the-tree fruit for eating out of hand or
Forecasters are predicting temperatures in the low 70s Saturday and Sunday in Julian. Take a sweatshirt anyway!
According to the Julian Chamber of Commerce, the season runs through October. Here is a roundup of some of the orchards open for picking:
Apple Starr Orchards, 1287 Julian Orchards Drive, 760-305-2169.
Ripe this week: Fuji and red delicious apples, Bartlett and Anjou pears.
Pick a peck for $25. Picking poles are available to reaching high branches, and there are two small wagons for children.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, and by appointment weekdays. Groups need to make special arrangements.
Calico Ranch Orchard, 4200 Highway 78, 858-586-0392.
Ripe this week: 130 apple varieties and several pear varieties are grown at the orchard. Pickers are steered toward what's ripe at the time of their visit to the 30-acre orchard.
Pick a half-peck for $10, cash only.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Groups should call to make arrangements.
O'Dell's Organici Orchard, 1095 Julian Orchard Drive, 760-765-1174.
Ripe this week: Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears.
There are also chickens, goats and horses on site.
Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, and by appointment weekdays.
Volcan Valley Apple Farm, 1284 Julian Orchards Drive, 760-807-1816.
Ripe this week: Seven apple varieties.
$10 per bag.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, and by appointment weekdays.