Johann Smit and Wendy Holm welcome you to Hidden Star Orchards! Our family farm is located in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just below the town of Jackson. Once home to a dairy farm, this beautiful setting completed its transition to an apple orchard in 1985. As destiny would have it, something in the air set this land apart. A one mile swath of Delta trade winds blow over the entire orchard and with it comes a little magic. Moisture from the coastal influence creates a uniquely delicious flavor profile in our apples. Literally, just five miles away the same variety of apple is not quite as tasty.
After a rigorous three year transition process, our CCOF certification was granted in May of 2005. Adding an extra measure of purity to our fruit, we boast irrigation with 100% potable well water drawn from 1000' below the ground. Today 80 acres are cultivated in a variety of fruits which include our original apples along with cherries, blueberries, pomegranates and grapes. Everything is grown specifically for farmers' markets in the Bay Area.
Hidden Star Orchards is committed to a "zero waste" ideal. What isn't sold as fresh produce we transform into value added products. Keeping this in mind, Hidden Star Orchards has developed a specialty niche in freshly pressed cider. Every week a team of four workers gather together a blend of apples and prepare them for juicing. From start to finish the entire process runs about four hours and fills a 600 gallon tank. Once pressed, the cider is flash frozen to preserve the integrity of its flavor and to extend its refrigerated shelf life.
In addition to apple cider and cider blends, Hidden Star Orchards has been inspired to create five different varieties of wonderfully delicious fruit extracts. Cherry, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Grape and Apple. These concentrated blasts of flavor add a nutritional punch to yogurt, sauces and cocktails.
Our apple sauce, apple butter and blueberry preserves contain no added sugar!! The sweetness from the fruit is all that is needed. We make everything with a little extra love in small batch quantities.
Have you tried our apple chips? There's nothing like them. Thin, crispy, delicious and they are a raw product! After being dehydrated at 115 degrees for 8 hours, each chip retains its original nutrient value.
Stop by one of our markets soon and try some of the tastiest organic fruit, ciders and specialty fruit products in the Bay Area! We look forward to putting a smile on your face!