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Fall in the Foothills

 

 

 

 

Between preparing to leave for my internship on a goat dairy, working a desk job, interning on a farm Saturdays, planning my wedding and making and eating desserts, I find myself falling a little behind on my posts. But this one is still timely...


 

 

 

With the popularity of snapping photos of children wading through fields of fleshy orange orbs, sampling apple cider and spending a crisp fall day on a farm, pumpkin patches around Sacramento have become increasingly urbanized and crowded. While visiting Apple Hill and Bishop's Pumpkin Farm since I was a little girl have provided many happy memories, this year a friend told me about a place I suspected would not have hour long lines of traffic for parking spots a half mile from the farm; a family farm and kitchen in Chicago Park called Bierwagens and the Happy Apple Kitchen. 


 

 

 

The Bierwagen family has farmed on this same land since 1902. The farm is cute with festive displays; there are sandboxes filled with hard, yellow corn kernels and little tractors, hay bales to climb on, chickens to cluck at and a pygmy goat that will let you scratch its head and giggle at it. There is also a little museum with family heirlooms and farm equipment on display that is worth a look. They sell fresh cider, plums, pies, caramel apples, tri-tip sandwiches and of course pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors 

 

 
And one amazing old tree

If you are looking to start a new family tradition or just do something off the well beaten path, the Bierwagen's farm is well worth the trip into the festively decorated foliage of the foothills.

nebraska dave
10/26/2011 6:06:39 PM

Callie, they have pumpkin patch places here in Nebraska that sound similar to your fall places in California. I suppose they have those every where in the country. We also are noted for our apple orchards that put out the best apples. There's nothing quite like riding out into the orchard behind the tractor in the trailer that's been fashioned with benches for people to sit on. The orchard furnishes the bag to fill with what ever kinds of apples you would desire to pick. The apples are weighed and purchased on the way through the store where many delights will try to entice you bring them along as well. Smells of pies and jams waft through the air from the restaurant saying, "Come in here. The food is wonderful." It is a taste/smell overload that will drain your pocket book if you let it. Yeah, I have to go every year. :0) Have a great fall day at the farm and, really, try to slow down a bit before you burn out. Just kidding. You go for it kid.