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R and A Orchards

R and A Orchards

Great selection, competitive prices

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R and A Orchards 

R and A Orchards website

5505 Highway 52 east, east Ellijay, GA

Phone: (706) 273-3821. Alternate phone: ( 706) 273-2639

R and A OrchardsOpen: July 1-Dec.1 daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm

Directions: 60 miles north of Atlanta. You can come Interstate 400, or Interstate 75. Then 6 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.

Produce: Apples, peaches (in season), apple products, produce, honey, sorghum syrup, canned goods.

Last check on prices was 2014: $6 per half peck, $12 per peck and $18 per half bushel; seconds/culls are usually around $20/bushel

If you write me to tell me what the prices were when you visit them, I'll be happy to report it here!


Neat, clean, spacious market with a plentiful selection of apples, preserves, ice cream and fresh, homemade hot apple pies.

R and A'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

Detroit red apple

August 1 Tart Cooking
Ozark Gold

Ozark Gold

August 1 Tart Cooking


August 15 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 Tart Cooking
September Wonder September Wonder apple September 1 Sweet Very Sweet, Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking
Mutsu September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Jonagold September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Rome Beauty

Rome Beauty apple

September 15 Slightly Tart Cooking / Eating
Stayman - Wine sap September 15 Tart Cooking / Eating

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October 1 Sweet Eating


October 10 Very sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking
Granny Smith October 15 Tart Cooking / Eating
Yates Yates appple October 20 Sweet Eating


October 20 Sweet Eating
Arkansas Black

October 20 Tart Baking, Eating (very hard apple)
Pink Lady

October 20 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!