Apple Picking

Apple Picking

These cool crisp 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. One of those activities includes the sometimes overlooked art of apple picking. There is just something about picking your own fruit straight from the tree that satisfies me to my core, yes that pun was intended. So toss on a light weigh plaid shirt and some comfy shoes and head to the orchard to pick those juicy fruits, to make all your fall favorites. Autumn has to be my favorite season, of the year. However, if you had asked me this when I was a child, I would have quickly answered summer. Now a little older and wiser, fall has become the correct answer for me. The earth is starting to cool off, the leaves are starting to change color, not to mention 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. In Georgia Apple picking season runs mid August through October. If you choose to go during the week, you can avoid the crowds, which is a win win for me, and the orchard is open from 9am-6pm.

You can choose the size bag that you want to purchase to fill for take home. They offer a half peck, full peck, and half bushel bags depending on your needs, so you can pick your adventure. You are also allowed to mix and match all the varieties that are in season. So make sure you get some of each kind for all your recipes. They grow 20 different varieties of apples to pick, on over 120 acres. Some of the varieties I saw were  Red & Golden Delicious, Crimson Crisp, Pink Lady, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Fuji, Wine Crisp, Blondies, Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Arkansas Black, Gold Rush, September Wonders & 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 personally 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 already 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 Sharp cheddar cheese for a more savory flavor, which is my families tradition, started by my father. He  loved to have his apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. Check out my Apple Pie recipe with a cheddar cheeses crust, I promise it will not disappoint you.You can also take a quick sneak peek at a apple inspired table setting, my Bushel & Peck Tablescape seen here, for more apple inspiring details.Which is a fun way to welcome the fall if you are not really into pumpkins. Along with my delicious recipe for a Hot Caramel Apple Toddy perfect for a evening cocktail hour around the fire pit! This is one of our favorites, we have even served it up on All Hallows Eve to Trick or Treater’s on the cooler nights. Of course we have been known add a special treat for our adult friends, wink wink, to make the evening more tolerable, for the long walks through the neighborhood. Caramel Apple Toddy JENRON DESIGNS

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Cinnamon Apple Brown Butter Bread

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Apple, Sweet Breads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 375kcal
Author Jennifer


  • Stand Mixer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Metal Loaf Pan
  • Cutting Boards
  • Measuring Cups
  • Flour Sifter


  • 1 large Apple Peeled, finely sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup Butter Room Temperature, soft
  • 2/3 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Golden Raisins (Sometimes I used raisins soaked in Rum)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Madagascar Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/2 Milk
  • 1/2 cup Glazed Pecan optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Mix together your brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. Cream together white sugar and room temperature butter until smooth.
  • Add eggs and Madagascar vanilla and continue to beat on low to medium speed until combined. Add sifted flour and baking powder, then in your milk.
  • Pour half the batter into your pan. Add in half the apple slices to top of batter. Sprinkle with half of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, then fold in Raisins and pecans. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar and cinnamon mixture to top.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Top with remaining glazed pecans, optional.


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  1. Thanks for this inspirational post. We’ve lived in Chattanooga for three years and this is the first I’ve heard about doing this! It’s now on our calendar for this weekend. Pura vida Penny

  2. I am so glad you can add this fun family adventure to your fall to do list! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    This blog is worth everyone’s attention. I love your apple picking picture, it is the perfect fall activity.

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  7. Virginia M.

    I value the post.Thanks Again. Great.

  8. I love that you go apple picking every fall. My family used to own an orchard many moons ago, and I know how much those families depend on patrons like yourself. Thank you for writing a piece about this fall activity, and focusing the importance of supporting local farmers in your area. God bless.

  9. Connie @Mountain Life

    I love to go apple picking too. The air is just fresher in the mountains, and it makes me feel free from the drudge of life. Beautiful pictures, it feel like I was right there with you guys.

  10. Tina

    ooooohhhhh I love apple picking, it is so fall and the perfect day date. Your pictures are fantastic and I will link over to the recipes.

  11. Skye

    I love that you posted about apple picking. We used to do this every year as kids, I need to carve out some time to make this happen with my children this year. Thanks for reminding me how to make those childhood memories.

  12. Nanagram

    Our kids loved doing this when they were little. Now it’s time to take the grandkids, and nana will make them a apple pie. I appreciate all your fall inspirations.

  13. Kari G.

    Great post! I love fresh apples I wish there was an orchard nearby,but sadly we are not in apple country anymore. When I was kid we used to go to upstate New York and apple pick, such a fond childhood memory.

  14. mamaknows

    We went apple picking this season too. However my littles were not very into it, they preferred the tractor ride, bouncy house and the apple sling shots. Heck I even like the apple sling shots those were fun!

  15. Heather

    Jen, I am so glad you featured one of my favorite fall pass times. I love this post on Apple Picking thanks for share your family traditions with your readers.

  16. Ally & Jed

    I just stumbled upon you site after looking for something fun to do as a fall adventure for the weekend. This is a great idea except today it is raining here, maybe next weekend. I book marked it so I can make my way back to it later.

  17. Little Farmgirl

    I love going apple picking and such great high to post about. Nice links to you recipes from this post too. Great job!

  18. Aubrey Andrews

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  19. Nikki

    It’s so laborious to goggle out knowledgeable folks, on this type of activity, but you sounded like you knew what you were talking about! Thanks for recommending this great weekend adventure.

  20. montauge maker

    You have a great post here and the pictures are pretty good too. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Stacia Phillips

    Oh we just went Apple picking too and had so much fun. We drove down from TN to the Blue Ridge/ Ellijay area. I saw signs for your specific orchard, but with the kids we had to take the first orchard we came too. “Are we there yet?” oh brother.

  22. Busy B

    I just took my family Apple Picking too! It was really a lot of fun! Now I will check out your recipe ideas from your trip.

  23. Gemma

    I love Apple picking and it is the perfect time of year for it too.

  24. Addison Wheeler

    I get pleasure from studying a posts that can make folks think or inspire to do. You are giving people great ideas or an outlet to create fun memories with their family. Additionally, thanks for sharing.

  25. Teddi Sumner

    I am living through your pictures, we do not have any apple fields near us, I can however show you a killer corn maze 😉

  26. 100% Cotton

    You posts have inspired us to do a family Apple Picking adventure, we will check our area a see what is on the agenda.

  27. Sharvina

    You made some good points here about the joy of Apple Picking. You are quite regarded on the web for the inspiration that most people will go on this season.

  28. Jamie Montauk

    Now I see where the Apple Table setting idea came from, thanks for linking these posts. I now see the whole picture!

  29. Josie Ryder

    You alway offer up such fun ideas for each of the seasons. I bet you are an absolute joy to be around, I would give anything to be in your tribe and call you one of my bff’s .

  30. Boris 1977

    Your pictures are fantastic, I always like to see what you two are up too.

  31. Ana

    Oh I love a good orchard, do they have horses to ride upon? Here, we usually ride though the orchards, but be wary for the low lying branches, oh yea or you be picking oneself up.

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  33. Thanks Tiffany, we used to travel a lot in our younger days….LOL. Pre blog and most social media, we went to a lot of fun places maybe I will dust off the old photo albums and see what I can come up with after the new year 😉

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  35. Tiffany Emmerson

    Great idea, I love how you always have great seasonal adventures. Do you travel a lot? I bet you do it right would love to hear more about it.

  36. Shay Coons

    We just did this too, I will have to check out you linked recipe ideas, so I know what to do with all these apples.

  37. golden goose

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  40. Beth

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  46. I think Apple Picking in GA ended two weekends ago mis October I believe, so you may want to check your local orchard to see what the dates for your area would be. Yes please sign up, you get the insider scoop before it hit the blog, so you would be the first to know.

  47. Is it still the corerect season to do this? I so want to go do this but I am not sure of the harvesting dates in my area. You have such fun ideas, I need to subscribe so I am not on the tail end of the season, I want to know all about it first!

  48. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

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  50. sunshine and daisies

    Thanks for the great post, and the additional links to recipe ideas and decorating form this trip. I really like that you marketed it all together like this, very smart.

  51. Torri Sykes

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  53. Wanda Floyd

    Oh I love to go Apple Picking and I noticed you linked a few recipes to this post, checking them out now.

  54. Teresa Best

    I loved this article it reminds me as a girl going out in to my grandaddy’s orchard. It was on his own private farm but those were some of the best days of my childhood.

  55. Penny Edwards

    We love to go apple picking, it is alway such a good activity to get the littles out of the house and burn off some energy. I will check out the recipes you have linked soon. Pinning for later.

  56. Ashley Meaurs

    My husband and I got quite fulfilled with this story. It made us very nostalgic for our youth, and we went apple picking, the end! Thanks for everything!

  57. April Helmsworth

    There are definitely a lot of details here in this post, I wish I knew of a Apple Picking Orchard near us, it seems like a fun activity. I guess in your area it is primarily done in the early fall, I will have to look it up for my local area.

  58. gigi58

    Apple picking is a staple in my family, we do it every year. I will have to check out your recipes above to see what you made with the spoils of your labor. A lot of thanks for each of your efforts on this website.

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  60. My Sunnies

    Great post, an ideal helping style to have others effortlessly learn specific specialized subject matter. You truly did a great job, thank you.

  61. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    We have a local apple festival here, and the orchards have been a large part of the community. My favorite varieties are Cortland and Winesap.

  62. Your photos and writing just got me SO excited for FALL! Apple picking is such a fun activity to do with family! I am hoping to go multiple times this season. Love this post!

  63. Wow! This was so cool to read! Found out that in Nigeria (my home town) our apples are pink and are very different from apples here! It’s so cool!

  64. Adebimpe

    I love apple, unfortunately, there’s no orchard in my area. I would’ve definitely go on apple picking. Anyways I love the apple recipes in the post, I’m definitely going to try them out.

  65. Elizabeth O.

    I love this idea I need to plan to do this during the season, thanks for this post and family outing idea.

  66. Love this post! From Apple picking to pie in a lovely decor. Would love to go apple picking this fall

  67. Shar

    This special apple recipe surely makes a delicious breakfast. I love fruits for all the goodness they contain.

  68. There is nothing like fresh homemade apple pie. Especially when you picked the apples yourself.

  69. Karletta

    5 stars
    I’ve never been apple picking … looks like so much fun. And to make the cinnamon apple bread with freshly picked apples straight from the tree would be amazing

  70. Lynne Winston

    5 stars
    I love the apple recipes, especially for this time for year at the holidays.

  71. Mike Hickey

    One of our favorite things to do this time of year.

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