Meet Our Growers
Cuyama Orchards has been part of the Albano family for over 30 years. Howard and Jean Albano were at the helm since 1980 but have stepped aside for their son Byron to take charge of the bulk of the farm management as well as marketing. The orchards span 300 acres and is located in the uppermost part of the Cuyama Valley between Santa Barbara and Venture counties. The unique geographical location is a major part of what makes this orchard special. At 3,300 in elevation, Cuyama has a similar harvest window to Washington’s Yakima Valley; the rest of California picks much earlier. Warm days and cool crisp nights provides ideal weather for growing sweet, juicy apples that are picked at its peak and full of flavor.
Unlike many orchards, the Cuyama trees are often grown on a metal V trellis for labor efficiency and better light penetration. They’re carefully and minimally pruned to allow maximum sunlight to hit all parts of the branches and fruit, not pruned to encourage height or leafy fullness
- Certified organic since 2009
- Family owned for over 30 years
- 265 acres at 3,300 feet in elevation
- Originally drawn to the region for backpacking trips