Farm Markets, U-Picks & Orchards
The most famous crop in North Georgia may be our crisp apples, but you’ll also find plenty of other farm-fresh fruits, veggies and seasonal goodies ripe for the picking!
Food in its natural state … no packaging … no preservatives … just juicy goodness. That’s what you’ll find on the North Georgia Farm Trail — whether you’re picking plump blueberries at a local berry patch, choosing sweet Silver Queen corn at a roadside farmers market or plucking crisp, red apples right off the trees. When you buy your produce straight from a local farm or orchard, you are simply getting better-tasting, fresher fruits and veggies. And, chances are, they’re better for you, too, with fewer pesticides and less processing than you’ll find in a typical grocery store.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of pick-your-own opportunities along the North Georgia Farm Trail. Of course, there’s no rushing Mother Nature, so be sure to check websites or call ahead for picking events and schedules.
Click here for a list of Farmers Markets.
Hillcrest OrchardsU-Pick • Bakery & Farm Market • Festivals • Petting Farm
This fall, visit Hillcrest Orchards, the most popular apple orchard and farm market in the North Georgia Mountains located in Ellijay in Gilmer County. Take a great day trip to Hillcrest Orchards, which is only 1½ hours from downtown Atlanta or Chattanooga. Hillcrest is family owned and operated, and offers loads of fun for kids and adults of all ages. Start your fun at the annual “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee,” where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, visit the petting farm, take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest stage. Visit the playground and ride the giant slide down the mountain. Come hungry because there’s more food than you can imagine. Visit the bakery and ice cream parlor for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, pizza, ice cream, fried oreos, funnel cakes and fudge. Wash it all down with some fresh cold apple cider. The grill outside is fired up in the festival area for hamburgers, hotdogs, barbecue and roasted corn. Be sure to try the chicken on a stick and grilled corn on the cob. The Apple Festival […]
Hughes Sorghum Syrup MillSorghum Sales • Tours • Processing
Since 1954, Olin Hughes and his family have been growing sorghum and boiling the juice into some of the sweetest-tasting syrup around. In North Georgia, nothing is better than homemade biscuits slathered with hot sorghum syrup (this natural sweetener is also the perfect addition to gingerbread and oatmeal cookies). The process starts with fall cane-cutting. The cane is run through a masher and then filtered into a steaming vat, where it’s cooked off until it becomes sweet golden syrup. The Hughes family welcomes visitors to the syrup mill during the fall processing season — just follow your nose to the sweet, steamy smell of sorghum in the air! No website or Facebook page available. Please call ahead to verify hours of operation and inquire about purchasing sorghum.
Logan Turnpike MillStone Ground Grits • Corn Meal • Porridge • Mixes/Flour
George and Cecilia Holland are no strangers to the, er … daily grind! At Logan Turnpike Mill, they lovingly make grits, cornmeal and flour the old-fashioned way — using the whole grain and processing at a slower speed to enhance taste and preserve vital nutrients. Local farmers provide the corn, and the wheat comes from Montana, where the cold climate and soil produce a high protein grain. Rye is sourced from the Midwest, and buckwheat comes from up-state New York. Visitors can see their Three Grain Pancake Mix , Pioneer Porridge or Old Fashioned Speckled Grits being stone ground as they watch. Or, order online, and George and Cecilia will custom grind your order, hand-package it in a distinctive cotton cloth bag and ship it out the same day it’s ground. Either way, you’re in for a taste that’s as authentic as it gets! The Hollands purchased the mill in 1986. They carried on the tradition of the original owners: to go around to country fairs demonstrating corn grinding. But they expanded and started telling folks of the good nutrition and wonderful taste of freshly ground grains. Stop in the store to check out the antique Williams gristmill circa 1916 and the 1926 Fairbanks Morse hit-n-miss engine mounted on a buckboard wagon […]
Mercier OrchardsU-Pick • Bakery • Market • Farm Store • Restaurant • Farm Winery
Once upon a time, there was a magical orchard in a quiet little mountain town in North Georgia. Only the most wonderful things grew there — apples and strawberries, peaches and blueberries, all kinds of things. You could even pick your own apples! People came to the little town from all over because it was so much fun to visit. That magical orchard is still here: It’s called Mercier Orchards. And it’s located in the mountain town of Blue Ridge. Mercier Orchards is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated apple orchard. Started back in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier, Mercier Orchards is now celebrating 70+ years of fruitful harvests! Of course you’ll want to visit for the U-Pick events, whether it’s apples in the fall, strawberries in the spring or blueberries and blackberries in the summer. But there’s so much more to do and see anytime of the year, including: Tractor rides and farm tours Delicious fried pies, cakes, donuts and more in the bakery Tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the on-site restaurant Huge store featuring jams, jellies, honey, fresh produce and more Made-on-site farm wines, hard ciders and fresh ciders Tasting room with wines from other local […]
New Ground MarketLocal & Regional Food • Seasonal & Specialty Items
Continuously tapping into the creative power of the citizens of our state and regional area to achieve localized environmental sustainability and economic security. We proudly support the creative talent of local producers and artisans. In addition to selling local food and crafts, New Ground Market is an educational outlet addressing the real ecological and economic impact and benefits of purchasing quality products from local citizens.
The Herbiary of Blue RidgeOrganic Produce & Herbs • Handmande Textiles • Seeds • Eggs
The Herbiary of Blue Ridge is a place of herbal wisdom, Appalachian comradery and general knowledge of all things folk. Owners Luke and Amanda tap deep into their Appalachian roots as purveyors of wild-gathered herbs and spices, teas, salves, ointments, extractions, and bath & body goods. Many of the herbs and products come directly from their small farm, where they use all-organic growing practices (or what Luke’s great- grandfather simply called … farming). Stories and wisdom are shared through hands-on workshops, and there’s always something fresh to savor. Stop by, sit on the couch with a cup of hand-blended tea or tap your inner rhythm at the Friday drum circle. All products at the Herbiary of Blue Ridge are organic, GMO-free or wildharvested, unless otherwise noted. Each of the products holds a story. Whether gathered under a forest canopy sharing time with his daughter or harvesting corn for the CSA under a full moon well into the witching hour with the entire family, everything here holds a mountain memory. Stop by, sit on the couch with a cup of hand-blended tea, and allow owners Luke & Amanda to tell you one. Or share one of your own with them.
U-Pick Blueberries • Fresh Produce • CSA Program Snug in the foothills of North Georgia, 5 Sons Farm is dedicated to producing delicious, fresh and hand-picked blueberries and vegetables.
7M Family FarmsFamily Farm • Pesticide-Free Fruits & Vegetables • Hydroponic Strawberries, Lettuce & Tomatoes
“From Our Land to Your Hands” is the motto at 7M Family Farms, a family-owned small farm in Blairsville with farming roots that stretch back 100 years. Fourth generation grower Dick Mills combines organic open field farming with an impressive greenhouse and hydroponics operation. The result is a year-round bounty of flavorful, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The farm is making a name for itself with its impossibly plump-and juicy hydroponic strawberries — but don’t miss the hydroponic tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, kale and peppers, too. Mills also works a variety of traditional row crops, such as okra, cucumbers, sweet corn, cabbage and pumpkin, all of which are grown pesticide-free using organic supplies and non-GMO seeds. 7M Family Farms rolls out the farm-fresh goodness Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Union County Farmers Market, as well as through a CSA program. But there’s no beating a drive out to the farm, where you’ll find a farm market, seasonal u-pick opportunities, farm tours and an assortment of arts & crafts. Visit the website or call for hours & days of operation.
Aaron’s Apple HouseApple Picking • Farm Products • Fried Pies
Shafter Aaron had to find more ways to care for his family. It is fairly true that though Wall Street fell, that many in this area of the country did not feel its effects, but everyone had to find something to help out their families. For Shafter and his four sons, this was Apples. He started operations in 1938, prior to the US entering World War II as a way to bring in just a little more income for his family. Right next to his house he started construction on what would would come to be known as “Aaron’s Apple House”. This facility was for the whole sale and retail sale of apples and other agricultural products. All of the four children worked on the farm, which raised Chickens and apples, and at a later date would raise cattle. Throughout his life Shafter was involved throughout the Gilmer County community and in north Georgia. He regularly took his boys with him to a hardware store in Dawsonville that was owned by Bill Elliot’s father. His wife, Reba, served as a lunch lady at Oakland School for over 20 years before her retirement. Shafter, served on the School Board and oversaw […]
Bear Creek Cattle CompanyPremium Dry Aged, All-Natural Beef
The Bear Creek Cattle Company farm is nestled in the Bear Creek valley, on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest outside of Ellijay, Georgia. The farm is family owned and has been in continuous operation since the Cherokee Indians walked the same creek banks that flow through the valley. In 2004, Will and Tiffany Beattie purchased what was once the original homestead of the farm and began a family. In 2011, the remainder of the farm acreage was purchased and the Beattie’s became the third family of record to assume farm operations. In 2012, the Bear Creek Cattle Company LLC was officially formed and opened for business.
Berry’s Honey FarmHoney • Beeswax
Berry’s Honey Farm is located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains near Blairsville, Georgia. We sell honey and beeswax from our store at the end of the road where we live. We also sell our honey at the Sorgrum Festival the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October.
BJ Reece OrchardsU-Pick Apples • Farm Market • Petting Farm • Wagon Rides • Cow Train • Pig Races
At BJ Reece Orchards, we want you to come, play and enjoy the farm. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old friend or a new face, you’ll enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and some of the best apples in North Georgia. BJ Reece Orchards is a family-run business, and eagerly welcomes families and guests of all shapes and sizes. On your next trip to Ellijay, Georgia, stop by and pay a visit to BJ Reece Orchards. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to plan to spend the day. The Market & Bakery are open from mid-July to mid-December. U-Pick runs from late August to early November. Please call or visit the website for specific hours and days.
Blue Ridge BeefNatural Organic & Grass-fed Beef • Pork • Eggs • Cheeses
All natural, organic and grass fed products. Check out our grass fed beef, organic pork, free range eggs and local cheeses! We are locally grown and owned
Rum Cake Lady Bakery & Cuban CafeFarm-fresh Eggs • Homemade Rum Cakes
Blue Ridge Rum Cake is a family owned and operated home bakery. We’ve been around a couple of years yet the family history in baking goes back much further, back to my grandmother in Cuba in the 1900’s. We use fine ingredients and traditional methods to produce our exceptional rum cakes. While we continually strive for innovation, we’re still making our creations the way grandma made them. And she’d be pretty proud of that!
Cross Country FarmsFarm-Raised Pork & Beef
Owned & Operated by Charles & Charlene Cross and Family. Producing farm raised pork & beef.
Deer Foot Road FarmsNaturally Lean Meat from Bison Crossed with Beef Cattle
Beefalo are produced by cross-breeding American bison with other breeds of beef cattle. The typical beefalo is 3/8 bison, creating a nutritious, superior quality and naturally lean red meat. The beefalo look like regular cows, and produce the same cuts as regular beef. Ask owners Joe & Sue McGinnis for some delicious recipes when you pick up some beefalo at their farm or at the Union County Farmers Market.
Farm Fresh ProcessingBeef & Pork Processing • Sales
We sell all natural farm raised beef and pork from Georgia. The Farm Fresh Beef Company is a family operation with a cross of purebred Black Angus that are raised on pasture, in a stress-free environment and humanely handled throughout their life cycles. Look for 100% all natural grass fed Black Angus & pastured pork in our stores. We have two locations to serve our customers — Ball Ground and Blairsville, Georgia.
Harvest Table farmFresh Produce for CSA and Local Markets
Harvest Table Farm is a mixed vegetable operation run by Meghan Cole. Located in Talking Rock, GA, the farm offers an incredible diversity of organically-grown (not certified) vegetables for the South Appalachian Farmers Market (Saturdays in Marble Hilll), Sweet Apple Farmers & Artisans Market (Thursdays in Roswell) and the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market (Saturdays in Roswell). Harvest Table Farm also offers full and half shares of produce for a 22-week CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Heartwood Market Garden & CSACSA Program • Seasonal Produce • Microgreens
We grow and sell seasonal produce.lettuces and Microgreen vegetables are our speciality!we are proud to provide healthy all natural food and lifestyle.
Hill-Vue FarmWorking Cattle Ranch • Annual Angus & Hereford Sale
Mooo, Y’all! Hill-Vue Farm is a fully operational and functioning cattle farm. C.W. “Bud” Hill Jr. and wife Lorraine put to work more than 45 years’ of experience to produce top-quality line-bred Graham Angus and Trask Polled Herefords. They work hard each day to keep over 130 brood cows healthy and pure at this picturesque farm just outside of Blairsville. The farm borders the northern edges of the Chattahoochee National Forest amidst the beauty of the North Georgia mountains. The farm holds its Annual Sale on the last Monday in October, when top bulls and heifers are offered for sale. Bud and Lorraine invite you to enjoy a visit to their farm and the North Georgia mountains. Working Cattle Ranch [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half_last][/one_half_last]
Holden Creek FarmsGoats • Pastured Poultry • Goat Milk Soap • Farm Store
Our small farm is nestled in the mountains of northern Georgia. It is our desire to get “back to the basics”… farming, gardening, and producing as much as we can… on our farm… for our family and yours. It is our goal to learn and preserve the traditions, skills, and values associated with rural farm life and self-reliance that are slowly being lost and forgotten.
Hudson’s Apple HouseApples • Cider • Jams • Relishes • Honey • Syrups
Stop by this working apple house on Hwy. 52 in Ellijay, Georgia, when you’re looking for some fresh apples, jams, cider and more.
Leaning Duck FarmPastured Eggs • Turkeys • Pork • CSA Program
Heritage Breeds and Heirlooms, Naturally Raised and Grown in Fannin County, GA. Specializing in pastured poultry eggs, pork, holiday heritage breed turkeys
Mack Aaron’s Apple HouseApples • Peaches • Necatarines • Fried pies
Mack Aaron’s Apple House has a history of expertise in growing apples in Gilmer County that dates back to 1944. Bill’s father, Mack, was only 4 years old when his parents, Otis Shafter Aaron and Reba Ellis Aaron purchased a farm of over 200 acres from Bob Ayers to produce apples for both commercial and retail sales. Popular apples of the time have included Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Ben Davis, Shockley, Limbertwig and Detroit Reds, Arkansas Blacks, Yates, and Gilmer Pippin.
Mountain Valley FarmsFarm Store • Grass-Fed Beef • Free Range Pork
Grab Some Grass-Fed Beef & Fixin’s at This Local Spot Mountain Valley Farms takes great pride in the way they raise their animals — no hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids, no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers. Animals are raised in a pasture and in the woods in a stress-free environment and they are & handled humanely throughout all stages of life. The cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished. Pigs are a Heritage Berkshire Hamp/York Cross. Mountain Valley Farms processes only a small number of animals; there are no assembly lines. Beef is available in a variety of cuts, on a limited basis, including filets, New York strips, rib eyes, prime rib, ground beef, London broil and more. The beef is also dry aged. Dry aging involves hanging the beef in a cooler for several weeks near freezing temperature to allow moisture to evaporate from the muscle. This concentrates and saturates the beef flavor and allows the natural beef enzymes to help break down the connective tissue making the beef more tender. Only high grades of beef can be dry aged as the process requires an evenly distributed fat content – something that is inherent in grass-fed beef. You rarely find aged beef […]
Mountain View Orchards & Cider House CafeU-Pick • Farm Market • Restaurant
Southern comfort food, cider, seasonal vegetables and fruits at our farmers market, and U-pick apples.
Panorama Orchards & Farm MarketFarm Market • Fudge
Panorama Orchards is a family fruit farm established in the 1920’s to produce and market apples. Today we have available more than 20 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, and fall vegetables. This production, along with a variety of apple related product and baked goods from our own kitchens, is sold direct to the public from our farm market.
Payne Mountain Farms & StoreWild Herbs & Tea • Seeds • Jewelry • Onlin Ordering
We sell wild herbs and handcrafted products – all produced and packaged on our family farm in the North Georgia Mountains. Celebrating the Appalachians where sustainable farming is a way of life, we appreciate our customers and promise to provide the best service, the highest quality merchandise, a secure shopping experience, and fair prices
Penland’s Apple HouseApples • Cider • Pies
Penland’s consists of two retail locations in addition to a wholesale business. At either location you can find our apples, as well as a wide assortment of apple products including but not limited to jams and jellies, apple butter, fresh apple fritters and bread, pasteurized apple cider, and delicious apple pies fried daily.
Podunk Produce-N-SuchFarm Stand
Produce stand located in Mineral Bluff, GA. We carry fresh picked produce grown by the locals. When in season, we have peaches and apples straight from the orchard. Folks boast about our homegrown tomatoes, some of them can weigh over a pound, it only takes one slice for a sandwich. We have Amish jams and jellies, delicious on a hot biscuit. We have canned goods made here in GA. The moonshine pickles are a favorite of our customers. Our boiled peanuts are yummy for your tummy! We are located just a few minutes from the Tennessee/North Carolina border and can tell you where you can take a picture of the state line!
R&A OrchardsApples • Strawberries • peaches • Roadside Market
At the present time, R & A Orchards has approximately 60 acres of apple tress, and approximately 10 acres of peaches and nectarines. Peach picking begins around June 1st with apple picking beginning August 1st, also vegetables are picked through frost.
Southern Mountain Living by Mountain View FarmDairy Farm • Fresh Eggs • Milk • Meat • All Naturally Raised
Mountain View Farm utilizes only sustainable management methods and practices. Everything is naturally raised, including earth-friendly permaculture planting, grass-fed/pastured chickens, integrated pest management, companion planting and enriching fields and gardens with aged, treated and completely composted manure and organic plant material. The farm offers fresh eggs, farm-raised chicken, pork and beef, plus raw cow milk (sold & labeled as pet milk as required by the State of GA).
Sunrise GrocerySeasonal Produce • Honey & Sorghum • Hams • Cheeses
Sunrise Grocery is a little country market with something for everyone! First open for business in this picturesque setting in the early 1920’s, we are one of the oldest businesses in Union County — and we can sure tell some stories about our colorful past! Our customers come roaring up on the shiniest of Harley’s and some really hardy ones pedal their way to Sunrise Grocery on mountain bikes. We have gassed up the most beloved battered pickup trucks and the fanciest Mercedes sedans. Some folks have been coming here all their lives, and some of our visitors will only pass this way once. Whether young or young-at-heart, there is something for everyone at Sunrise Grocery!
Sweet Corn StandRoadside market • Farm-Fresh Sweet Corn
Near Hiawassee River, Hiawassee, GA
Taste of AmishSeasonal Produce • Grass-fed Beef • Panry Staples
Years ago, the Rush family started a small country store nestled in the North Georgia Mountains in the old railway town of Blue Ridge. With a focus on all things Amish, the Taste of Amish store brings visitors from miles away The Amish are known for bringing old-world craftsmanship to today’s modern society. From wonderful jams and jellies to time-tested health remedies, the Taste of Amish store is now available to everyone on the web — all day, every day.
The Herb CribOrganic Herb Farm • Heirloom Flowers • Retail Store
Nestled in a tranquil valley, high up in the North Georgia mountains you will find The Herb Crib. A location of peace, beauty and mystical charm. The Herb Crib provides a welcome escape from modern pressures and returns you to a place of rustic charms, simple delights and sensory pleasures. The Herb Crib specializes in organically grown herbs. Owned and operated by Karin Rutishauser, Karin is the owner of The Herb Crib Nursery in Blairsville GA. She is member of the United Plant Savers and a member of the Native Plant Preservation Committee in Blairsville. Karin is also an exempt organic grower certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The Herb Crib grows and sells a wide variety of organic herbs and flowers. In addition The Herb Crib also manufactures a range of natural products ranging from salves and balms to insect repellent, soaps, bath products and hand lotions. Although a seasonal business The Herb Crib Online Store can be used throughout the year to purchase a wide range of natural, organic products.
The Tater Patch FarmU-Dig Potatoes • Hayrides • Games
The Tater Patch Farm is a local potato farm ready for you to come dig home grown taters. We have hayrides, food, games, and a place to relax by the river.
Wildflower Hollow farmSustainable, Organic, Non-Commercial Produce farm
Sustainable, organic, non-commercial farm producing vegetables and chicken eggs through small scale responsible farming practices.
Wolfcreek Wilderness FarmsNatural grown Blueberries • U-Pick • Already Picked
This a family owned and run farm where we always put the environment at the forefront for any farming practices. We are normally opened 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 7 days a week. Berries will ready July 4th through August 31st.