Posted by: Pat | November 18, 2008

California Orchards

This trip took us to Lake Tahoe, California. We signed up for a wine tour in El Dorado County, California. El Dorado is known for its agriculture. It was a beautiful drive through vineyards and orchards of every imaginable fruit. Depending on the month, they may be harvesting berries, cherries, nectarines, plums, pears, or peaches. We were visiting in September, right at the time of the apple harvest.

We stop at the open-air market for Boa Vista Orchards in Placerville, California. The objective of our stop was to taste wine produced from the Boa Vista Vineyards. The market was bustling with people. I lost count of the variety of apples. Instead of the wine tasting, I went to the bakery to taste the apple pie . This apple pie was what is called a Double Crusted Pie. The filling was made from gravinstein apples, cinnamon, and sugar. The crust was made with flour and vegetable shortening. The wait people were very friendly and eager to share how their pies were made. The pies are made the same but a different variety of apple can totally change the taste of the pie. I could taste the cinnamon but it didn’t mask the taste of the apples.

El Dorado County is a testimonial to the rich farm country and variety of produce. I feel we only sampled a small portion of what this section of California had to offer. Maybe they make nectarine pie. I do believe that they are ripe in August.


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