Apple picking in Autumn has been on my bucket list for years, but something always seems to pop up and prevent me from being able to. This year, the Mr. and I decided to make plans with one of our favorite couples and head to the North Georgia mountains for a day of apple picking.
We ended up at BJ Reece Orchards in Ellijay which is about an hour and a half north of Atlanta. Ellijay is the center of apple country in North Georgia and it did not disappoint. The views were beautiful and we truly felt transported to a different place.
The orchard charged us $5 each and then we chose the amount of apples we wanted to pick. Naturally I chose the biggest option which was 1/2 bushel and about 10-12 lbs of apples.
The weather was super fickle this day. It was overcast, muggy and hot but we made the best of it. There ended up being a lot of varieties to choose from and I was glad for that!
We picked a huge bag of yates, pink lady and rome beauty apples. Each variety is a little different, but I was so surprised at how small the yates were. They reminded me of crab apples because they were so teeny and super cute.
How pretty are these Rome beauty apples on the trees?!
After picking way too many apples we watched a pig race, took a hayride then meandered around the orchard market. The Mr. and I seemed to buy one of everything. We brought back some apple cider, homemade donuts and bread, got a couple fried pies and an apple cider slush for the road then decided to make our way back to the car.
Later we drove to downtown Ellijay for a late lunch then made the drive back to Atlanta. It was such a lovely day and a great reminder that time spent with friends is absolutely something to treasure.
I plan to can some of the apples, but we’ve had no trouble just eating them. They are so good!