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There can only be one largest apple orchard in Georgia and the happens to be Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, GA. It’s an orchard, bakery, restaurant, winery, cidery, store and a heck of a good time. A Georgia tradition since 1943, Mercier Orchards continues to be a family owned and operated orchard (love!).
When the kids were younger we loved taking them to the orchards to buy fall fruit, enjoy cider and donuts and have a fun day out as a family. Now that they are older they continue to visit orchards and I think they love the fall season as much as I do. It was a treat visit Mercier Orchards on my tour around northern Georgia. This is definitely an area I want to visit again soon. I hope you can go and enjoy all the Mercier Orchards goodness of the season.
Growing almost 40 different varieties of apples you are sure to find a couple new ones to be family favorites.
UNIQUE MERCIER ORCHARDS APPLES
- Beni Shogun: very sweet and lightly crisp apple, yellow in color.
- Arkansas Black: I would consider this an “antique” apple variety. It dates back to the late 1800’s and turns such a deep red color that it almost looks black.
- Mutzu: Very large apple that is a Golden Delicious cross and is very sweet.
- Splendor: Originates from New Zealand (still need to go there) and is a large apple colored red with a yellow background. It has a crisp and sweet taste.
- York: Perfect apple for pies. Think of all the upcoming holidays and take home enough to bake pies, crisps and more for holiday parties.
Read about all Mercier Orchards apples and when they are in season here.
U-pick apple season is well under way and is a great way to spend an afternoon. Of course, after you pick your apples, be sure to stop in the deli or restaurant for delish food and apple inspired desserts or a biscuit with apple butter (YUM!).
Don’t forget to enjoy some apple cider when visiting Mercier Orchards.
Check out these views from the orchard. Row after row of trees with a nice scenic backdrop.
Shopping in the store is a must during your visit. Loads of fresh produce, canned goods, home decor and more. Be sure to have lots of room in your trunk and/or back seat to take home a lot of apple orchard goodness.
Of course, my favorite stop is in the tasting room where you can try a selection of hard ciders and wines.
Their taps are really awesome:
You can find a list of their hard ciders and wines here. Their packaging is an absolute delight, but the product is also very delicious so really a win-win all the way around.
Take a day and visit Georgia’s largest apple orchard for a fun day out and be sure to eat an apple for me.