140 years of Curating Heirloom Apples

Since 1876 the Gowan family has been curating and caring for a wide variety of apple trees, and taking in the harvest each year from August to November. In the early 1900's the harvest used to be delivered by horse and wagon traveling along steep mountain ridge roads, and later in the 1940’s by pickup truck across the new Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco.


Gowan apples are sustainably farmed on family orchards. For six generations the Gowans have carefully selected, planted and cared for apple varieties including uncommon and rare heirloom apple varieties. According to published accounts, we might even have saved one special apple variety from extinction: the Sierra Beauty. We consider this variety of apple a 'Gowan family heirloom.' Read more about the search for the Sierra Beauty here.