If you take a walk through Rainbow Orchards in Camino’s Apple Hill area, you’ll notice it’s pretty packed on the first weekend of October.
You would think it wouldn’t be, with record high gas prices in California Saturday. But, the owner says, it is. She points to a big box of apples, “those have been 50 cents an apple for the past four years.”
But the cost of services and resources for Christa Campbell’s shop has gone up, although her prices haven’t.
“We try to keep our prices affordable for people,” Campbell says.
If you think about it, gas is used to ship her ingredients, it’s used in tractors, and it’s used to ship her food.
When gas jumped 13 cents overnight, Campbell crossed her fingers,
“I hope people can make it,” she says. And they did, with hundreds of people showing up to her store Saturday.
Many packed snacks and lunches, and even carpooled to offset the $70, $80 and even $100 they paid to fill up at the pump Saturday morning.
Campbell doesn’t know if her shop will lose money this weekend. She crossed her fingers once again, this time hoping that her low prices will keep the lines long.
The Apple Hill Growers kicked off a free shuttle today for visitors. The shuttle will run every Saturday throughout the month of October.