An apple a day keeps the doctor away, at least until medical textbooks revise their outdated chapters entitled “Apples Can Explode at Any Moment.” Defuse nature’s delicious dynamite with today’s Groupon: for $10, you can pick and keep 10 pounds of fresh, organic fuji apples (a $20 value) at Clearview Orchards, located just off Highway 1 in Watsonville. This Groupon is valid only until the end of apple season on Sunday, October 30.
Planted by Clearview Orchard’s decade-long owners Mel and Carol LaRussa and cultivated by the cool ocean breeze, rows of CCOF-certified organic fuji apples ripen within bountiful, terrace-style orchards. Customers can wander the sun-kissed landscape, picking apples straight from the trees or settling under the plentiful shade for a picnic while admiring the orchard’s giant cardboard cutout of distant mountains. Clearview’s retail facility, the Apple Hut, doubles as a packing facility, where employees shuffle apples into bins, sending them on their way to angry vaudeville audiences and wholesale clients such as Martinelli’s Apple Juice.
Clearview Orchards is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As the autumn air turns crisp, red and green fuji and gala apples grow plump and shiny on the tree branches at Clearview Orchards. These tempting fruits aren’t just pretty; they’re also free of pesticides. Just 10 years ago, owners Mel and Carol LaRussa took over the hilly orchard and replanted all its trees to grow CCOF-certified organic fruit. Now, in addition to packing up its organic apples to send off to wicked stepmothers across the country, the orchard invites visitors to drop by for seasonal picking trips. While there, they might run into the owners’ children and grandchildren, who help out on weekends. Visitors can also pick up pumpkins, turnovers, lavender, or organic honey, before they head home.