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Apple Orchards and Roadside Stands in Georgia, Including Ellijay
Most of the orchards and their roadside shops are very close together on Hwy 52 on the east side of Route 5/Rt 76 in East Ellijay. The order below corresponds to the order in which you will encounter the orchards when driving from east to the west. Click here for more maps and directions to Ellijay from Atlanta!
Hillcrest Orchards - Uses integrated
pest management practices, Apple varieties: Fuji, Arkansas Black,
Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red
Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap, Yates, Pink Lady; 2011 prices: Admission
here for the prices) includes entertainment (wagon ride, music, pig
races, cow milking) and PYO orchard (entry to the store to buy picked apples
is free); Other fees for petting zoo and some other activities; apples.
Always call to confirm prices and availability before you go! Honey from
hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises),
concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area,
Bouncy pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties,
9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-273-3838. Alternate Phone: 706-273-9494. Fax: 706-273-3888. Email: email@example.com. Open: (offers PYO only during the Apple Pickin Jubilee festival during September and October!) ALWAYS click here for current , pricing, dates and times.. Directions: Highway 400 north to highway 53 west through Dawsonville. Turn right onto highway 183. Fo approximately 10 miles to highway 52 west and turn left. Hillcrest is 12 miles on the left. OR: Highway 575 north to Ellijay. Exit right at highway 52 exit. Go to bottom of hill and turn left onto highway 52 east. Hillcrest is 9 miles on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Milk a real cow, giant slide, jumping pillow, pedal cart rides, corny kids maze, enchanted forest, live pig races, live entertainment and games on the stage. (UPDATED: June 01, 2011)
B.J. Reece Apple House - Apple varieties: Arkansas Beauty,
Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Red
Delicious, Rome Beauty, Stayman-Winesap, Yates; 2010 prices: $5 per
half-peck, $8 per peck, $14 per half-bushel. Offers
PYO on certain dates - call
9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: 706-276-3048. Fax: 706-276-3058. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mack Aaron's Apple House - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red
Delicious, Gala, Mutsu, Rome Beauty, Jonagold, Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny
Smith. 2010 prices: $10 - 12 per half bushel (depends on the variety and
size of the apples). $5 per half bushel for 2nds
Near 8700 Hwy 52 East., Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3600. Open: in season, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday; 12:30pm to 5:30 pm on Sunday.
Aaron's Apple House - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red
Delicious, Gala, Detroit Red, Ozark Gold, Jonathon, Jonagold, Mutsu, Rome
Beauty, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Arkansas black, Granny Smith, Yates. 2010
prices: $ per half peck, $ per peck, $ per half bushel, $16 to $24 per
bushel (depends on the variety and size of the apples).
52 East Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: (706) 273-3180. Open: August through December 8am-7pm. Directions: 8.5 miles East of Ellijay on Hwy. 52. Mailing address: 52 East Ellijay, GA 30536.
Hudsons - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Detroit
Red, Gala, Mutsu, Ginger Gold, Granny Smith, Jonathon, Jonagold, Fuji,
Yates. 2010 prices: $4 per half peck, $8 per peck, $10-$12 per half bushel
(varies by variety).
8036 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone 706-273-3160. Open 7 days, 8:30 am to 5 pm. 2nds.
Seller's Orchard - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Cameo, Ginger Gold,
Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap; 2010
prices: range from $5 to $8 per half peck
Route 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3026. Open: August through December 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: 7 miles East of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.
R & A Orchards - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious,
Gala, loda, honeycrisp, cameo, Detroit Red, Ozark Gold, Jonagold, Mutsu,
Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Arkansas black, Granny Smith, Pink Lady,
Yates. 2010 prices: $12 per half bushel. Like many orchards, you can also -
sometimes - buy extra small grade apples for less - perfect for applesauce.
$5 per half peck, $9 per peck and $14 per half bushel
5055 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-273-3821. Open: daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Directions: Located 4.5 Miles East of Ellijay On Hwy 52
Oak Hill Orchards - UPDATE 2007: Oak Hill CLOSED permanently! :(
Apple varieties: Arkansas Black, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Yates;
4986 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3644 Click here for more information, directions, photos and a review.
Panorama Orchards, Inc. - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Golden
Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome
Beauty; 2010 prices: $5 per half peck, $8 per peck, $12 per half bushel;
seconds are $0.15/lb. Open: daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
P.O. Box 157, East Ellijay, GA 30539. (across the street from Penland's, right on the Hwy 515 bypass). Phone: (706) 276-3813.
Penland's Apple House - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Golden
Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome
Beauty; 2010 prices: $5 per half peck, $8 per peck, $14 per half bushel and
$24 for 2 half-bushel bags. 2nds at a discounted price with advance notice
Hwy 515 Bypass, Ellijay, GA 30540. They also have a location at Ga Hwy 282 and US 76, 8 miles west of Ellijay. Phone: (706) 635-5110. Open: August through December, 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm.
Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard - Apple varieties: Fuji,
Cameo, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red
Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap; 2010 prices: $5 per half-peck, $8 per peck,
$12 per half-bushel and $24 per bushel for all varieties.
Offers PYO on certain dates - call. Note: they usually have some
specials at $14 per bushel, which are just smaller sized apples - perfect
3379 Tallscreek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 635-5898. Alternate phone: (706) 635-7674. Directions: 3.5 miles west of Ellijay on U.S. Hwy. 76/Ga. 282 on left side of road. Open: Aug.15 through Dec. Monday to Saturday. 9 am-6 pm, Sunday 12:30-5:30 pm. Apples, cider, dried apples, apple pies, fritters, breads, candy apples, jams, jellies, honey, sorghum syrup, baskets.
Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay, GA. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, and the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay invite everyone to come and enjoy the 34th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The parade is on the second Saturday. 32th Annual Georgia Apple Festival From the mountains of North Georgia Event dates: October 9th, 10th, & 16th, 17th, 2010 (Second and third weekends). Producing 600,000 bushels of apples each fall, Ellijay/Gilmer County is Georgia's Apple Capital, so it's only natural that the second and third weekends of October each year, people from all over the nation come to Ellijay to celebrate the apple. Handmade arts and crafts, homegrown entertainment, and plain old fun, combine with every apple product imaginable to make the weekends a family adventure. Throw in the colorful fall leaves, crisp mountain air, sky-blue days, and star-studded nights and you'll want to visit again and again. Sponsored by the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and the Ellijay Lions Club, the festivities include a car show and a parade. Call the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce office for more information (706) 635-7400. Also see ELLIJAY CELEBRATES 34 FUN-FILLED YEARS!
Closed or erroneous
Other websites list these as apple orchards, but they are either permanently closed or not even an orchard.
- Country Apples/Country Hearth - This is a gift shop, not
Phone: (706) 276-6541. P.O. Box 603, Ellijay, GA 30540.
- Little Bend Orchards - No answer - May be closed / out of
3385 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 635-5898
- Pat-A-Cake Bakery - it is a bakery! Applejournal.com lists them
as an orchard!
1075 Old Hwy 5 South, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-636-3917 Fax:706-636-3917.
They do have fresh apple bread, fried apple pies and other treats!
Ellijay Apple Varieties
Below is a listing of the main varieties grown in the Ellijay area. Ellijay Apple season is approximately: August to December. The apples are listed in approximate order of ripening and harvesting.
|Apple Variety||Photo||Usually start harvesting||Flavor||Best uses|
|August 1||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies|
|Detroit Red||August 1||Tart||Cooking|
|Ozark Gold||August 1||Tart||Cooking|
|Red Delicious||August 15||Sweet||Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking|
|Golden Delicious||August 15||Sweet||Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking|
|August 20||Sweet, Crisp, Juicy||Eating, Applesauce, Apple Butter, Pies|
|Mutsu||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Jonagold||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|September 15||Slightly Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Stayman - Wine sap||September 15||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Granny Smith||September 25||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|October 20||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking|
|October 20||Tart||Baking, Eating (very hard apple)|
Home Canning Kits
This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used
to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and
spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and
lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid
lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible
of canning, the Ball Blue Book. It's much cheaper than buying the
items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids
(and the jars are reusable)! There is also s simple kit with just
the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if your want to do
vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see
more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.
Need lids, rings and replacement jars? Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes? Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!