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B.J. Reece Apple House website
9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536.
Phone: 706-276-3048. Fax: 706-276-3058.
Directions: 60 miles north of Atlanta. You can come Interstate 400, or Interstate 75. Feel free to call for more detailed directions. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Monday through Saturday from 8 am -6 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm..
2022 prices: apple picking bags are $10-$40. The orchard fee is $8 on weekdays and $13-$26 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Open for apple picking from late August through the last weekend in October (or until we are picked out)
The Orchard hours are everyday from:9am to 5pm
Please click the calendar link on their website to see what's pickin'.
open from July 20 - December 20: Monday -Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm & Sunday: 1 pm to 6 pm. July 20th or around through December
20th or around from 9 am to 6 Monday - Saturday, 1 pm to 6 Sunday
Our market and bakery open each year around the 20th of July and remains open until around the 20th of December. (Please check website for exact dates) We open for U-pick Apples the last weekend of August and remain open until the end of October or all the apples have been picked. While the U-pick orchards are open, if you visit on Saturday or Sunday we offer lots of activities for a fun filled day on the farm! We have a Petting Farm, Pony Rides, Cow Milking, Apple Cannons, Giant Farm Slides, Wagon Rides, Jumping Pillow, Cow Train Rides, Ziplines, Scavenger Hunt through the corn maze, Pig Races and lots of yummy food to get you through the day!
U-Pick: Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We allow people to go on guided tours for the U-pick until all apples in this field are harvested. That is usually around the third weekend in October.
Apple Varieties and typical start date available in the market (see this page for B.J. Reece U-pick apple varieties):
Ginger Gold : August 1
Gala : August 15
Empire : August 15
Honey Crisp : September 18
Blondies : September 1
September Wonders : September 1
Crimson Crisp : September 1
Red Delicious : September 1
Golden Delicious : September 1
Mutsu : September 1
Jonagolds : September 1
Rome Beauty : September 15
Staymen Winesap : September 15
Cameo : October 1
Winecrisp : October 1
Shizuka : October 1
Candy Crisp : October 1
Braeburn : October 1
Gold Rush : October 15
Arkansas Black : October 15
Granny Smith : October 15
Pink Ladies : October 15
Yates : October 15
Fuji : October 15
Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. Also sell fresh produce, vegetables, canned goods, a variety of ciders, fresh apple pies, and numerous other gift items. Apples, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
U-pick Apple Bags
1/2 peck bags $8.00
peck bags $14.00
1/2 bushel bags $24.00
If you want to pick your own, there is an addition $5 fee to enter the orchard.
Prices inside market (these are 2019 prices, I could not get through to anyone at the market): $7~1/2 peck, $14 ~ peck or $19 ~ 1/2 bushel
Friendly folks, a large selection of apples and other related foods and products (like apple peelers, corers) and they're one of only two orchards in the area that have pick-your-own. They've added more activities, like a petting zoo, an apple cannon, bigger hayrides - My 3 year old loves the place!
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|
|Detroit Red||August 1||Tart||Cooking|
|Ozark Gold||August 1||Tart||Cooking|
|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|
||August 20||Sweet, Crisp, Juicy||Eating, Applesauce, Apple Butter, Pies|
|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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