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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Atlanta's NW burbs: North Fulton, Cobb, Forsyth area in Georgia in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Cobb County

  • Mabry Farm - muscadines, scuppernogs, summer apples, blackberries, figs, honey from hives on the farm
    4480 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066. Phone: (770) 993-4997. Directions: See their website for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . [email protected] The muscadines, apples and blackberries are on the honor system, there's a lock box bolted to a post and next to it, an old market scale for weighing what you picked. The owner of the home next to the orchard will come out and check on you. . I believe it's pesticide-free. The products that are available are posted on a sign for the farm, the crop is removed once it's out of season. Muscadines and scuppernogs, summer apples, blackberries. . (ADDED: October 16, 2020, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on October 16, 2020: "It was great - I just wish I like muscadines! Too foxy for me, gave to a friend. but the experience of picking with my 8 yr old was great, next year we will definitely watch for the blackberry and apple signs to go up because my kids could live on applesauce and toddler is obsessed with black-bellies. Love the history, fact that it's 2 miles from us, and that it's just a little u-pick operation off a gravel road and not a production.They list honey for sale but I didn't see where that was sold. Farm is over 100 yrs old, still family owned though they've sold off much of the land, including some to the city to make an awesome park and playground around the corner. pick your own crops, honey,"

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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2020 version of
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