The Red Apple Barn

Convenient to the west

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Red Apple Barn

3379 Tailscreek Road. Ellijay, GA 30540.

Phone: (706) 635-5898

Open: August through December 9am-6pm, Sunday 12 pm to 5:30 pm.  Pumpkin patch in October

Directions: 3.5 miles west of Ellijay (from the Dairy Queen) on Ga Hwy 282 (U.S. 76).


Produce: Apples, cider, peaches, grapes, jams, jellies, relishes, honey, syrup, apple cakes, strudels, cookies, bread.

2012 Prices: $6 per half peck, $10 per peck and $20 per half bushel (couldn't get hold of them by phone to get an update for this year - it goes straight into a recording)


No pick-your-own, but they have a good variety of apples and other pre-picked fresh produce.  It's quite a ways from the cluster of orchards in East Ellijay, but if you are coming from the west, it would be more convenient!

Red Apple Barn's Apple Varieties

Below is a listing of the apple varieties that they typically carry, in order that they typically start to be harvested in Ellijay. Be sure to call a couple weeks before they are due to start harvesting, as the actual date varies from year to year! Ellijay apple orchards usually have apples for sale from August to late December.

Apple Variety Photo Usually start harvesting Flavor Best uses


Early-Mid Sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies
Red Delicious Early-Mid Sweet Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking
Golden Delicious Early-Mid Sweet Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking
Mutsu Mid-Late Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Rome Beauty

Mid-Late Slightly Tart Cooking / Eating
Jonagold Mid Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Granny Smith Mid-Late Tart Cooking / Eating


Late Sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking
Arkansas Black

Late Tart Baking, Eating (very hard apple)
Yates   Late Sweet Eating

Also, see our pages on tips for picking apples at a farm, easy illustrated directions to make applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly and apple pie; the guide to apple festivals and our guide to apple varieties! NEW! Please write me, if you know of any to add!

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Picking Tips

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Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

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Home Canning Kits


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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. 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 a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
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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!

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