Founded in 1943, Mercier Orchards is celebrating 67 years of business. Mercier Orchards is a family owned and operated apple orchard nestled in the North Georgia Mountains of Blue Ridge, GA. Mercier's has an incredible country store that not only offers 8 varieties of apples, but wonderful baked goods and other products. The Mercier Orchards also has an Online Store that offers the same selection of Mercier quality apples and products that you find in the country store in Blue Ridge, GA. Everything from their famous "Fried Apple Pies" to their "Fresh Apple Cider", "U-Pick Apples" and, of course, the best North Georgia Apples you can get.
This month Mercier's is hosting "a taste of the mountains". This is a fun event that includes a wonderful wagon ride through the orchards and apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The current varieties of apples available via Upick are Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Shizuka, Empire, Hampshire, Smokehouse, Golden Delicious, Golden Supreme, and Gala. For more information visit http://www.mercier-orchards.com/
Only 90 minutes from Atlanta, you can visit Hillcrest Orchards and farmers market in Ellijay, Georgia. Hillcrest is family owned and operated and offers loads of fun for kids, adults and seniors. You can pick your own apples during the "Apple Pickin' Jubilee", which takes place the last three weekends in September (11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26th) and every weekend in October from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The children (and adults) can even milk a cow, watch live pig races, visit the petting farm, take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage. A playground and giant slide are also located on the Hillcrest property, so the kids will have a grand time. Admission for the "Apple Pickin' Jubilee" is $5/person and an additional $3/person for the Petting Farm.
Hillcrest Orchards also has a fabulous bakery and ice cream parlor for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider, doughnuts, apple fritters, homemade ice cream and fudge. So come hungry!
For accommodations in Ellijay, please see our newly added cabin Endless View Lodge http://www.escapetoblueridge.com/cabins/cabin.php?cabinid=53
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