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Apples are back

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Bill Spencer, right, and Barbara Spencer grow apples at Windrose Farm, in the hills just east of Paso Robles. It’s a region that’s normally too hot to farm apples, but because an old stream bed encircles Windrose, the orchard gets cold enough in the winter. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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At Windrose Farm, Bill and Barbara Spencer grow Esopus SpitzenbergÖ, Calville BlancÖ, Sierra BeautyÖ, Smokehouse and BlacktwigÖ apples, among other varieties. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Windrose apples are sold at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Farmer Mike Cirone, right, and farm worker Meliton Robles inspect Honeycrisp apples at Cirone’s See Canyon farm near San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Golden Russet apples at one of Cirone Farms’ See Canyon orchards. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Honeycrisp apples at one of Cirone Farms’ See Canyon orchards. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Cirone Farms apples are known to farmers market shoppers as the product of See Canyon. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Mike Cirone grows about 80 different varieties of apples on roughly 30 acres, on assorted plots he leases in See Canyon, near San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
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Apples from Windrose Farm at the farm’s stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. (Christina House / For The Times)
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Windrose Farm owner Barbara Spencer, left, stocks apples at her stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. (Christina House / For The Times)
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