Apple-picking time means apples are fresh off the trees and ready to eat. Now is the best time to buy apples for those back-to-school lunches. No child wants an apple that is over-ripe and mushy, but all kids enjoy the sweet juice that runs down the chin from a fresh-picked apple.
The health benefits of apples are many. They are high in fiber, fill the stomach and are very low in calories. Apples have anti-inflammatory properties and are loaded with antioxidants. They have been shown to help prevent breast cancer. The pectin in apples that is used to make jellies will help lower the bad cholesterol in the body.
These orchards have apples ready for you to pick. Apples aren't all they have. There are several fun activities on the farms for kids and the entire family. The exercise from picking the apples is free, but there is a cost for the apples. However, the apples cost less when you pick them yourself.
Hillcrest Orchards is located at Apple Alley in Elijay, on highway 52 East. Pick apples now, through October from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Check them out at HillcrestOrchards.net or call 706-273-3838. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
B J Reece’s Apple House is located at Apple Alley in Ellijay. From September through October, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., pick bushels of apples. Check them out at email@example.com or call 706-276-3048.
Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge is open for apple picking every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Each customer gets a large bag that holds one peck of apples for $10. All you have to do is pick the apples and fill the bag. There is a guided tractor tour through the orchard.