These cool crisp autumn days, have me humming a bushel and peck with a hug around the neck, which inspires me to go Apple Picking. Grab a bucket and join us a we explore North Georgia’s Apple Orchards and pick us a bushel and a peck.
I love all the fall festivities, which includes apple picking. There is just something about pick in your own fruit start from the tree that satisfies me to my core( ha ha pun intended) . Fall is undoubted my favorite season, of the year. If you had asked me when I was a kid I would have said summer, but now little older and wiser, Fall is the correct answer for me. The earth is starting to cool off, the leaves are starting to change, all the bugs are dying off and there is a slight nip in the air.I love all the fall festivities, which includes apple picking. There is just something about pick in your own fruit start from the tree that satisfies me to my core. We have decided to visit B.J. Reece Orchards for our apple picking adventure. Apple picking season is August 26- October 29th, during the week they are open 9am-6pm, (which is less crowded) everyone 2 years and older pays a $2 per person entry fee. Then you can purchase the bag size that you want to pick and take home. They offer a $7 half peck bag, a $12 peck bag and a $20 half bushel bag for u-pick. You can mix and match all the varieties so you get some for all your recipes. They grown 20 different varieties of apples to pick, over 120 acres. Some of the varieties I saw were Red & Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Pink Lady, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Fuji, Cameo, Winesap, Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Arkansas Black, Gold Rush, Pinata, Ambrosia & Yates. If you ask me favorite type of apple, Granny Smith’s are it, closely followed by Pink Lady’s then Gala. You may have notice all of my favorites were listed, which makes me happy, happy! If you are like me, you will want to walk way out into the orchards so you can get great pictures, without tons of people photo bombing you. Plus I noticed the fruit is not as picked over the further out you go. So just go for a lazy like walk with your special someone, you can holds hands, talk and pick only the best looking apples that catch your eye along the way.
If you are looking more for a family adventure there is no shortage of entertainment here. They have pig races, a train ride, apple cannons, a petting zoo, pony rides and zip lines so there is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied. They also have a small store for pre packed bushels or pecks, along with some tasty ciders, apple butters, pastries and pies. So for me the best part of apple picking is making a homemade apple pie when you get home. I like to use mix of Granny Smith and Pink Lady’s. I also love to top it with cheddar cheese for a more savory flavor. This is a family tradition, as my father loved to have his apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. If you plan to top with ice cream a la mode you can omit, or cut back on the amount the cheese topping on the lattice top crust. Be sure to check out our apple pie recipe link where: you will not be disappointed.
Also be sure to check out our upcoming apple inspired table setting, at a Bushel & Peck (click to link) for all the details. Along with our hot apple toddy segment for your evening cocktail hour!!! Here is a quick sneak peak at the room before this post releases next week, since this month is everything apple!!