There are certain things I've always imaged doing with my kid and apple picking has always been up there. We hopped in the car and braved the weekend traffic leaving the city to hit up Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol.

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Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

Last weekend, Matt, Neko and I fulfilled one of my ‘Fall Top 5,” referenced in last month’s newsletter. The last time I went apple picking was on a girls trip through the Northeast years ago (if you don’t count picking apples from my parents’ tree). A friend and I drove all over New England and found ourselves at an orchard in Vermont. We climbed ladders, drank cider, and felt…lucky.

Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

To this day, that magical Fall adventure has been one I have dreamed of recreating. There are certain things I’ve always imaged doing with my kid and apple picking has always been up there. We hopped in the car and braved the weekend traffic leaving the city to hit up Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol. The road leading to the orchard alone was worth the drive: swoon-worthy, tree-lined and perfectly rustic.

Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

We spent the afternoon meandering through the rows of trees, picking conservatively. We capped the day with a beer sampler at Lagunitas Brewing Company and headed back to our fog-filled city.

Us San Franciscans, we’re happy to get a bit of sunshine and warmth when we can but we’re strangely always eager to head back to our city. It’s not easy to forget why we love it; driving out from under the rainbow-arched tunnel and onto the Golden Gate Bridge, we’re always reminded. City straight ahead, sun setting over the Bay, sailboats gliding, craggily rocks dipping into the waves, Alcatraz perched like a beacon.

Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

I’m not sure how it happened or when, but I realize that Fall has become my favorite season. It snuck up on me in the most unexpected way. I look forward to pumpkins (both edible and decorative), chunky knit sweaters, cedar-scented candles, Bon Appetit’s annual Thanksgiving issue, a gluttony of citrus, the vibrant colors of the leaves, and the crescendo of holiday merry-making.

Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

I’ve realized that Fall, unlike Summer, doesn’t over-promise. It’s so easy to feel like you’re not living summer to the fullest, as though it’s constantly slipping away. Fall is subtle. It brings with it beauty and unpredictability. Unexpected warm days, and downpours that make you regret ever getting out of bed.

Fall gives us excuses for a little extra. And I love it all.

Apple Picking || Turntable Kitchen

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • hsimon

    I wish I could have joined you guys — looks perfect!

  • elalderson

    That photo of Matt and Neko is too perfect! I think I’ll be heading that way next year to go apple picking!

  • Kimberley

    “I’ve realized that fall, unlike summer, doesn’t over-promise.” Totally agree. Well said.

  • Nicole

    There just isn’t a more perfect fall thing to do! I haven’t been in a few years (I pick up local apples at Whole Foods and the farmers market) but I do love apple picking. Michigan is having a great crop this year, which is nice. Your photos are dreamy!

  • Nicole Spiridakis

    Lovely. And, hurray for Sebastopol! Pleasant Hill Rd. is my regular running route when I go home for the weekend … rather less apple trees than there were when I was a kid but they are my favorite of favorites and I am so glad people still go up there to pick! Happy you had a nice weekend!

  • Kathryn

    Such a perfect post, love every word and such gorgeous pictures too, so full of autumnal light.

  • Kasey

    I wish you could have, too!

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Erin! It really was everything I had hoped for.

  • Kasey

    Thank you! I was actually thinking a lot about that sentence…it single-handedly describes why Fall is so welcoming.

  • Kasey

    Ha! I pick local apples at Whole Foods and the farmer’s market, too. But once in a while, it is nice to pretend I live in the countryside!

  • Kasey

    That’s wild. It is such a beautiful area and I am sure it’s changed. Though, still remains utterly beautiful. I hope you get out there soon (if you haven’t been already).

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Kathryn! I neglected to mention that after editing the colors in Photoshop, I ended up using VSCO to achieve that ‘old time’ look. I’m OBSESSED with VSCO. xo

  • Nina

    That sentence felt so very right to me too. it might be an explenation why I too like fall a lot. I think most of us tend to have less expectations towards fall than summer as you said.

  • erin @ yummysupper


    First of all, your series of photos is stunning! I love to see your two cuties… and all of those gorgeous apple shots. I’m totally craving fall and I’m ready for this dry heat to pass. We are foggy this morning and I’m so happy. I want to be cozy. I’m ready for fires in the fireplace. I can see why fall is your favorite season.

  • Kasey

    Thank you, E! It’s been foggy and chilly the last few days here, too…and I’m always down with cozy. Hope you are well, too! xoxo

  • Zach

    I’m thinking some Greg Brown would go mighty fine with those apples…

  • Jess O’Toole

    Gorgeous photos! I really can’t handle the cuteness of little Neko. Stop it! : )

  • chezus

    Love this post in so many ways. Truly says Fall!

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Jess!

  • Kasey

    Thank you D! x

  • Kasey

    Good one!

  • Sarah Copeland

    That photo of Matt + Neko is so sweets, priceless! I love the apples, too!

  • Kate Ramos

    Lovely post! I never went apple picking when we lived in SF, but since moving to North Dakota it is one of the only plentiful fall crops. So many of our neighbors and friends have overloaded apple trees and are always looking for someone to take them off their hands. I always offer our services, maybe to a fault. We usually have way more apples than we know what to do with.

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