Explore Georgia's Apple Capital
“Pick” Ellijay and Gilmer County as your family vacation or a weekend getaway destination and you’re likely to get a taste of at least one of the many varieties of fresh, crisp apples that are grown here. This 432-square-mile, forest-covered county in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is Georgia’s Apple Capital, which provides our nation with more than 600,000 bushels of apples each year. You can’t go wrong with any variety of apple you pick.


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All About Apples

There are no finer apples than those grown in Gilmer County. Perhaps it’s the breath of mountain air or the sweet and temperate climate. It might be the music of the waterfalls or the rich and fertile earth. Whatever alchemy comes together to produce heaven in a juicy orb, it is here in Gilmer County. As Georgia’s Apple Capital, we produce more than 600,000 bushels of delectable fruit each year. From late August to early December, you have only to stop in to one of the many roadside stands to taste the flavor of paradise.
Ellijay Apple Varieties

Below is a listing of the main varieties; many other varieties are available. Ellijay apple season is approximately August to December.

Variety Available Flavor Use
Ginger Gold Early Sweet Eating
Gala Early Sweet Eating
Ozark Gold Early Tart Cooking
Swiss Gourmet Early Sweet Eating
Red Delicious Early Sweet Eating
Golden Delicious Early Sweet Cooking/Eating
Empire Early Tart Cooking
Jonathon Early Tart Cooking
Detriot Early Tart Cooking
Honey Crisp Mid Sweet Eating
Gold Rush Mid Sweet Eating
Pristime Early Sweet Eating
Mutsu Mid-Late Sweet/Tart Cooking/Eating
Rome Beauty MId-Late Slightly Tart Cooking/Eating
Jonagold Mid Sweet/Tart Cooking/Eating
Granny Smith Mid-Late Tart Cooking/Eating
Wine Sap Mid-Late Tart Cooking/Eating
Fuji Late Sweet Cooking/Eating
Arkansas Black Late Tart Eating
Yates Late Sweet Eating
Brae Burn Late Sweet Eating
Pink Lady Brand* Late Sweet Eating
*(Cristp Pink Variety)
Ellijay Apple Orchards

B.J. Reece Apple House
9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 276-3048 | Fax: (706) 276-3058

Hillcrest Orchards
9696 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 273-3838 | Fax: (706) 273-3888
applelan@ellijay.com www.hillcrestorchards.net

Panorama Orchards, Inc.
63 Talona Spur, East Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 276-3813

Penland Apple House (282)
7678 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 635-5100

Penland Apple House (515)
41 Talona Spur, Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 635-5110

R & A Orchard
5505 Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30563
(706) 273-3821
www.randaorchards.com apples@randaorchards.com

Red Apple Barn
3379 Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 635-5898
www.redapplebarn.com apples@redapplebarn.com

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