(InEDC) BY Jennifer Car, KCRA Published: Aug 31, 2023
PLACERVILLE, Calif. — With chilly temperatures and heavy winter rains, farmers say this is the best apple crop in decades. Friday is the opening day of Apple Hill for the season.
The year was 1951 and Floyd Bolster decided to retire in a community called Camino. He bought a ranch that had 10 acres of producing apple trees and dreamed of working his land and reaping the rewards of the life of a farmer.
Six years later, Floyd Bolster died, and his son Gene left his job in Southern California to come to the ranch and complete his father’s dream.
In 1964, Gene Bolster, local grower; Dick Bethell, the County’s Pomology*Specialist and Farm Advisor; Ed Delfino, the County’s Agricultural Commissioner: and Bob Tuck, a retired army officer, all united to form the Apple Hill Growers Association. This is the 40th year and Apple Hill continues to attract people from all over the world.