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5505 Highway 52 east, east Ellijay, GA
Phone: (706) 273-3821. Alternate phone: ( 706) 273-2639
Open: July 1-Dec.1 daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm
Directions: 60 miles north of Atlanta. You can come Interstate 400, or Interstate 75. Then 6 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.
Produce: Apples, peaches (in season), apple products, produce, honey, sorghum syrup, canned goods.
Last check on prices was 2014: $6 per half peck, $12 per peck and $18 per half bushel; seconds/culls are usually around $20/bushel
If you write me to tell me what the prices were when you visit them, I'll be happy to report it here!
Neat, clean, spacious market with a plentiful selection of apples, preserves, ice cream and fresh, homemade hot apple pies.
Below is a listing of the apple varieties that they typically carry, in order that they typically start to be harvested in Ellijay. Be sure to call a couple weeks before they are due to start harvesting, as the actual date varies from year to year! Ellijay apple orchards usually have apples for sale from August to late December.
|Apple Variety||Photo||Usually start harvesting||Flavor||Best uses|
|August 1||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies|
|Red Delicious||August 15||Sweet||Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking|
|Golden Delicious||August 15||Sweet||Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking|
|September Wonder||September 1||Sweet||Very Sweet, Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking|
|Mutsu||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Jonagold||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|September 15||Slightly Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Stayman - Wine sap||September 15||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|October 10||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking|
|Granny Smith||October 15||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
||October 20||Tart||Baking, Eating (very hard apple)|
Also, see our pages on tips for picking apples at a farm, easy illustrated directions to make applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly and apple pie; the guide to apple festivals and our guide to apple varieties! NEW! Please write me, if you know of any to add!
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