The Llano County Master Gardeners is honored to have Apple John Caballero to speak to them about planting and maintaining fruit trees. He will also show a short film on the history of apples in Texas. The event will take place Thursday, January 15th, at 5:30 at the Llano County Library, 102 E Haynie in Llano. The public is welcome to attend.

John has been a back yard gardener and fruit tree grower most of his adult life. He became infatuated with growing apples in Texas about 15 years ago. John and his wife Susan finally had the opportunity to move to Llano and plant an apple orchard in 2005. They planted over 500 apple trees and 1000 feet of blackberries. The Apple varieties in their orchard include Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady, Crispin, Granny Smith, Jonagold and Molly's Delicious. and John harvests them from late July through October.

Before his infatuation with apples, John worked in the television industry. He left employment with the State of Texas in 2003 after 20 years of service as a technician and then manager of a Media Center for the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin, Texas. He then freelanced in broadcast television after leaving the State. He worked for a number of clients including Court TV, CBS News, ESPN Sports, Fox Sports...covered hurricanes in Louisiana, Super Bowl, Baseball World Series, Baseball All Star Game, and many other sporting events, news stories, and special events. He often drove a satellite uplink truck and established the uplink for live broadcast television events.

But these days you'll find John tending his orchard, picking apples, making cider, playing music, or visiting with friends. The Apple Valley Orchard is located 10 miles south of Llano on Highway 16. They sell apples, pies, cider and other goodies made with the sweet tree ripened fruit grown on the farm. You can contact them through their web page at and you might want to Like them on Facebook. Better yet, stop by and say hello.

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