Daytrips on the Central Coast: Creekside Farm Apples in See Canyon


In the past six weeks, my girls and I have eaten 120 pounds of apples; that is three 40 pound boxes of Candy Crisp, Gala, Jona-Gold, Winesap and Golden Delicious. It all started from an afternoon drive to See Canyon where I made a turn into Creekside Farm and discovered some of the best apples that I have every tasted.There is nothing commercial about Creekside apple farm – it’s an authentic apple farm. Plump, colorfully full-plumed chickens roam freely, farm cats laze in the sun taking a well-earned break from their nightly patrol, and Lizzy, a sweet little 14 year-old Jack Russell, waits patiently on the seat of the golf cart ready to ride around the orchard with Lynne and Donna. At Creekside, the apples are sustainably grown, tree ripened and never stored. The cider is like a crisp, cool juicy drink of apple and the Wild Sage Honey is locally harvested, fresh, flavorful and healthful.

Since 1989, Edward Evenson, the original independent owner of the beautiful Creekside Farm, has taken great pride in growing some of the finest apples in the world with unparalleled crispness, juiciness and flavor. “Everything we grow, produce and sell is from our farm – from the fields to the customer – we can control the health of the fruit. We produce cider the old fashioned way — unfiltered, non-pasturized, fresh pressed.”

He manipulates his apple crops for an uninterrupted harvest supplying both a variety of tart and sweet apples all season long from September 1 to December 4. These apples must be purchased when ripe because the crops are never stored. Creekside apples are directly from Evenson’s trees to your table.

According to Evenson, See Canyon Apples are such exceptional apples because of the unique climate: a super growing area – 2 miles from Pacific – where sandy loam soil produces the highest quality apples. The warm, mild summer days build up sugar and flavors, and the cool nights help to retain flavor. Creekside’s apples are truly “the most wonderfully flavored apples” as Evenson affectionately refers to the fruits of his labor.

In addition to growing apples, persimmons and many varieties of pears, including the fragrant Asian pears, Evenson is a talented winemaker that we will be sure to keep our eye on; we walked away with three bottles that we enjoyed that night with Pasta Bolognese followed by a decadent apple crisp for dessert. His wines can be tasted by appointment only.

The See Canyon area is so picturesque and great for long walks and cycling that we were pleased to discover that nestled in a remote corner of Creekside’s 10 acres of apple, pear and persimmon trees, Evenson offers a charming 2 bedroom cottage with a cozy fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and bath that sleeps four comfortably for only $200/night.

If your into California food and wine, I highly recommend that you take a daytrip to Creekside Farm and discover the apples of See Canyon.

Apple Season in See Canyon is September 1 to December 4. Creekside Farm is open daily: Weekdays 10am-5pm; Weekends 9am – 6pm. Creekside farm is located just 2 miles from Avila Beach in See Canyon. From Hwy 101, take See Canyon/San Luis Bay turnoff – drive 1 mile – turn right on See Canyon Road –drive ½ mile to Creekside Farm, 1691 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, 805-595-9515



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