These cool crisp autumn days, have me humming a bushel and peck with a hug around the neck, which has inspired me to go Apple Picking. So grab a bucket and join us a we explore North Georgia’s Apple Orchards and pick us a bushel and a peck.
I just love all the fall festivities this time of year, which includes the much forgetten apple picking. There is just something about picking your own fruit straight from the tree that satisfies me to my core ( ha ha pun intended). Autumn is undoubted my favorite season, of the year. If you had asked me this when I was a kid, I would have said summer, but now little older and wiser, so 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 just a slight nip in the air.Today we have decided to visit B.J. Reece Orchards for our apple picking adventure. Apple picking season in Georgia runs mid August -October, during the week they are open 9am-6pm, (which is less crowded). You can purchase the bag size that you want to pick and take home. They offer a half peck, peck, and a half bushel bags available for the u-pick adventure price list here. You can mix and match all the varieties that are in season, 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, my favorite types of apples are, Granny Smith’s, closely followed by the Pink Lady’s then maybe Gala. You may have notice all of my favorites were listed, and in season, which makes me happy, happy!I love to walk way out into the orchards so you can get really great pictures, without tons of people photo bombing you. Plus I also noticed that the fruit is not as picked over, the further out you go. So just plan to go for a nice lazy like walk with your special someone. You know 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 at this orchard. They have pig races, train rides, apple cannons, a petting zoo, pony rides and zip lines. So there are plenty things 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, handmade pastries and pies. 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 and today I scored a half peck of each. I also love to top it with cheddar cheese for a more savory flavor, which is my families tradition, started by my father that loved to have his apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. Check out my Apple Pie recipe I promise it will not disappoint you. Take a quick sneak peak at upcoming apple inspired table setting, the Bushel & Peck Tablescape see our post for more apple inspiring details. Along with our Hot Caramel Apple Toddy recipe for a perfect evening cocktail hour!!!