There’s something special about apple orchards. The scent, the atmosphere, the friendly people, it’s just so happy. As a child, one of my favorite memories is the orchard my family used to visit every time we traveled to Georgia. My dad would carry my twin brothers around the store and keep them entertained while my mother loaded up on jarred goods and I tried to haggle a few dollars from her to buy a pie slice and some cider. I didn’t like pie. And I didn’t like cider. But I loved being there so much that I wanted it anyway. It just seemed right.
I haven’t been to that orchard in years. I’m talking lots of years. So this weekend as I was inching my way up the mountain to our family farm, I saw that old orchard and made a big u-turn in the road for a little taste of nostalgia. Besides, I needed a break from the rainy ride on the curvy back road.
The rows upon rows of apples are just the beginning at R & A Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia.
The south wall is lined with every imaginable variety of jams, jellies, butters, syrups, dressings, and honey.
The bakery boasts all kinds of sweet treats and they also have a huge menu of fried and baked pies and desserts.
Little young Lela used to love to grab a plate of hot apple pie and a mug of cider and snuggle up in a booth while pretending to be all grown up.
Before I knew it, I ended up with a cart full of goodies. I just couldn’t stop myself. Next time I stop there I think I need a supervisor.
I think all this should last me a while. Now to scour the internet for lots and lots of apple recipes.
A special thanks to R & A Orchards for their hospitality, friendliness, and for just being awesome.