Hillside Orchard Farms, Lakemont
Hillside Orchard Farms is a working farm, country store and processing facility that features more than 500 varieties of jams and jellies, fruit relishes and sauces. It also has fresh apples, apple ciders, fried pies and many other apple products. Call ahead for special events.
Jaemor Farm Market, Alto
A 350-acre farm has been in the Jaemor family for more than 100 years, with a roadside market that has been open for 35 years. Jaemor Farms is one of the largest roadside markets across the country, specializing in a variety of homegrown produce and homemade treats, including — but not limited to — apples, fried pies, cider jelly, jams and vegetable seedlings.
Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge
Mercier Orchards is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated apple orchard. A tasty combination of a bakery, deli, market store and farm winery makes them worth the drive. A few of the apple varieties grown are Detroit Red, Ginger Gold, Gala, Honeycrisp and Ambrosia.
R & A Orchards, Ellijay
With an apple harvest running from August through March, R & A Orchards can offer more than 20 varieties of apples, gallons of cider and 12 different fried pies. Farm tours and wagon rides are offered every weekend in September. You can also bring a basket to pick your own apples to take home and enjoy later.
Red Apple Barn, Ellijay
You can find all things apple at the Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard, from fresh-picked apples, ciders, dried apples, apple pies, apple fritters and breads, jams, jellies and even candy apples — for those of you with a sweet tooth. Farm tours are available all season, and you can pick your own apples on the weekends during the apple harvest.