B.J. Reece Apple House
Friendly, large, well-stocked PYO!
B.J. Reece Apple House website
9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536.
Phone: 706-276-3048. Fax: 706-276-3058.
Directions: 60 miles north of Atlanta. You can come Interstate 400, or Interstate 75. Feel free to call for more detailed directions. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Monday through Saturday from 8 am -6 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm..
We begin the U-pick
August 31 - October 31: 9am-6pm everyday including Sunday. We sell the last
tickets to go into the orchard at 5pm each day. There is no need to make a
reservation for u-pick or any farm activities, just come on up and visit us
during our business hours. Market is open from July 20 – December 20: Monday
-Saturday: 9am-6pm & Sunday: 1pm-6pm
U-Pick: Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We allow people to go on guided tours for the U-pick until all apples in this field are harvested. That is usually around the third weekend in October. Apples: Ozark Gold, Gala, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, Jonagolds, Golden Delicious, Mutsu Golden, Red Rome Beauty, Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesap, Arkansas Black, Granny Smith, Yates, Fuji. Varieties become sparse, so come early.
Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Also sell fresh produce, vegetables, canned goods, a variety of ciders, fresh apple pies, and numerous other gift items. Apples, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
2014 Prices: $6 per half-peck, $11 per peck, $18 per half-bushel. If you want to pick your own, there is an addition $5 fee to enter the orchard.
Friendly folks, a large selection of apples and other related foods and products (like apple peelers, corers) and they're one of only two orchards in the area that have pick-your-own. They've added more activities, like a petting zoo, an apple cannon, bigger hayrides - My 3 year old loves the place!
Reece'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|
|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|
|October 10||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking|
|Granny Smith||October 15||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
||October 20||Tart||Baking, Eating (very hard apple)|
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!
[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
[ All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]