Hidden Star Orchards has been an integral part of the local food community in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years. With a unique mix of talents owners Johann and Wendy have collaborated to bring their fruit grown in the Sierra Nevada foothills to Bay Area farmers' markets, restaurants and independent grocery stores. Apples, cherries, blueberries and pomegranates are the highlighted varieties.
In addition to fresh fruit Hidden Star Orchards' commitment to a zero-waste philosophy has led to the development of some very tasty fruit products. These include fresh apple ciders, applesauces and most recently craft hard apple ciders.
Over the years Hidden Star Orchards has grown into a multi-faceted business with an urban agricultural hub in San Leandro, CA and a cider barn taproom in Camino, CA. Hidden Star Camino is a proud member of the Apple Hill Growers Association.
Operations in San Leandro include cold storage for fresh and frozen fruit and a commercial kitchen and cidery were fruit products are made. Here is where Hidden Star Orchards plans to have a tasting area for its craft hard ciders up and running soon.
One the grounds outside its San Leandro warehouse Hidden Star Orchards tends a thriving urban orchard. Wooden bins filled with soil and planted in a number of fruit trees and plants showcase an example of urban agricultural possibilities. A system for recycling ice machine waste water is used to irrigate.
To learn more about Hidden Star Orchards' taproom in Camino, CA click here.