Ryan and I recently visited Ellijay, Georgia to pick apples. Neither of us had picked apples before. We honestly just never made time to go. We woke up early Saturday morning with one simple plan…pick apples. I didn’t even research anything, because we literally decided to do this Friday night.
Lots of apple choices.
Our first stop was Panorama Orchards & Farm Market. This is a cute marketplace with a variety of apples and treats. We sampled fresh apple juice and ordered a couple of pies to go. Our next stop was Red Apple Barn, which was about 10 minutes from Panorama. You actually get to pick your own apples at this quaint farm. Varieties included Gala, Golden Delicious, Suncrisp, Cameo, Red Delicious, and more. The farm is decorated for fall with lots of beautiful flowers, and you’ll enjoy a tractor ride to the orchard. Once there, you can spend as much or as little time as you want picking apples.
This farm is laid back, which I enjoyed. Everyone was friendly and happy to answer questions. I thought the experience was really affordable too. It was less than $30, which included a tractor ride, access to the orchard, cider and a donut, and we chose a 1/2 peck of apples. to take home The cost depends partially on the amount of apples you choose to pick. We don’t eat a lot of apples, but I do enjoy making homemade apple butter. We got enough to make a batch and a dessert of Ryan’s choosing. I think we spent about an hour and a half at the farm.
If you plan on making a trip up to Ellijay for apples, it sounds like September is the time to go. I know it’s still super hot out, but the selection is better from what I gathered. One of the patrons was talking about how many more apples were available for picking in comparison to October. Just thought that was worth sharing with you all.
Nothing says fall like pumpkins.
Since we were already out, we decided to make a quick stop at our favorite pumpkin farm. It was less than thirty minutes away, and it opened a couple of weeks ago. I shared details about Burt’s Pumpkin Farm before, and I’ll link that here. It’s one of my favorite traditions. I love picking out pumpkins. I spent some of my early years on a farm, and I just love activities like these. You’ll find a great selection of pumpkins in a variety of colors and shapes at Burt’s. I recommend visiting the pumpkin farm in September or during the week in early October. That way you can enjoy the farm without crowds. It’s also easier to get some great family photos. No people in the background!
We had a great time picking up some fall favorites. I most certainly recommend apple and pumpkin picking. When I was younger, I visited a pumpkin farm that actually allowed patrons to pick their pumpkin off the vine. I don’t know if there are any pumpkin farms like that anymore. You can most certainly find plenty of places to pick your own apples though. Be sure to check back later this week for a look at how the front porch is coming along. I decided to decorate for Halloween early this year!