Last weekend I went to pick apples in Tehachapi. After reading the reports people posted about their trips to Apple Hill, it seems like Apple Hill is a better place to go if you are also seeking more pies, donuts, picnic areas and an overall day trip.
Tehachapi is good if you mostly want to get apples, cider, maybe a few baked goods. Not that it was bad, most of the orchards are located on individuals land, and they are selling the apples, and maybe a few extras. For the most part, people have a shed near their house they are selling from.
If you are going here, I recommend bringing enough cash, otherwise you will need to seek out an ATM. The places I stopped were cash only due to the fast they are a small operation.
If you are looking for a specific apple, call ahead to see what they have. Last Weekend there were red and golden delicious, empire, jonathan, jonagold, granny smith, rome. Not all places had all types of apples. Also most places you seemed to have to buy a bushel box. Some places would let you mix and match if they had more than one type of apple growing. Also check to make sure they are open, a couple were closed. None of the orchards were very busy.
Specific information on the places I stopped.
RB Family Orchard - Apples by bushel only. Also had cider, apple crisp with a microwave to heat it up, few jars of apple butter and a few jars of bread and butter pickles
Hartnett Farms - You press or you can buy cider - very tasty, they gave out samples. Looked to be bushels of apples for sale or picking.
Pulford's Appletree Orchard - had 3 or 4 varieties, could mix and match. Could buy a bushel or a 1/2 peck bag.
Moessner Orchards - (not listed on Apple growers website) 25000 Bear Valley Road 661-821-6272. They have baked goods, pies, turnovers, homeade sauerkraut, pickles, jams. Good cider. If you make reservations, you can eat dinner there, German food - stuffed cabbage, wiener schnitzel, sauerbrauten. I've never eaten there, but I like the baked goods and pickles a lot. I understand they go to a lot of farmer's markets.
the Apple Shed - major tourist spot downtown. Has a restaurant, apples and baked goods for sale (pies, muffins, turnovers). Lots of lotion, trinkets etc. Good fudge, lots of different flavors. They can give you information about the orchards.
I ate lunch at Las Palmas mexican restaurant downtown. The food was very good, inexpensive, and it was fast. There was a 35 minute wait at the Apple Shed for lunch.
Overall it was a good trip, not too far to drive, got good apples and cider. Sounds like its less developed for tourism then the Apple Hill area.