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AgribusinessA unique and diverse agriculture thrives on the picturesque mountainsides in El Dorado County, ranging from oranges and apples to Christmas trees and grapes. The County's climate allows stone fruits to thrive on frost-free mountain ridges and coniferous trees to survive the severist winters.  Luscious cherries, peaches, nectarines, and plums are noteworthy for their tree-ripened perfection.  Apples and pears enjoy their most favorable growing environment, and Christmas Trees couldn't find a more welcome home!


Apple Hill
Apple Hill just east of Placerville is always a popular attraction, particularly in autumn when the lush foliage turns to orange, red, and yellows. There are more than just apples to be found in Apple Hill, there are pies, pumpkins, cider, crafts and much more. Apple Hill opens Labor Day weekend and most of the 56 ranches are open 7 days a week through Christmas. [Business lookup courtesy of the Apple Hill Growers Association]

Resource Link: Apple Hill Growers Association, (530) 644-7692, 

Wineries [Member Lookup]
At the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, where bountiful green foothills meet steep, granitic slopes, you will find the El Dorado County Wine Country. The small, inviting wineries here offer a wine tasting experience as unique and satisfying as their backdrop suggests - a quiet place to relax and savor impressive wines. You can converse with the owners and winemakers as though you were in a friendly country kitchen. Resource Links: El Dorado Winery Association, (800) 306-3956,

Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees are spread throughout El Dorado County, at elevations ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 feet. Choose-and-cut operations in the County started in the early 1950's. Blessed with the right soil, climate and rainfall, El Dorado County is a natural place for Christmas Trees to flourish. In 1971 the beautiful Christmas Tree Lane was established along Highway 50, in Placerville, with the trees being donated by the members of the Christmas Tree Growers of El Dorado County. [Business lookup courtesy of the El Dorado County Christmas Tree Growers]

Resource Links: El Dorado County Christmas Tree Growers, (530) 621-5885,

Agriculture Contact Information
For more information about farms and agriculture in El Dorado County, contact:
El Dorado County Farm Trails Association
(530) 647-2363 
El Dorado County Farm Bureau
(530) 622-7773 
El Dorado County Agriculture Commission
(530) 621-5520