Labor Day weekend is the start of U-picking season for apples in Ellijay. We had gone once before and wanted to do something different and fun while grandma was in town. Also, something we could do in a day. It’s about 1.25-1.5 hours north of the Atlanta suburbs.
We checked the local radar (rain wasn’t supposed to arrive until 2pm), and even called the apple orchard we were going to visit. No rain, but it was coming. We chanced it.
It rained the entire way there. We held out hope that it might stop while we were there. It didn’t. It only rained harder, but we did it.
The good thing about the rain? It wasn’t crowded at all. We didn’t have to wait for anything, except our clothes and shoes to dry out.
Once you arrive at your orchard of choice, I’d recommend hitting the bathroom up first. There isn’t one out in the orchard. And, taking a cute picture of your kiddos on the porch? Also a plus.
The orchards typically have a tractor ride to take you into the orchard where the season’s apples are to be picked. If it’s raining, ponchos and raincoats are a good idea.
And a positive attitude, too. (Also, can we take a minute here to say, men wearing their babies? Oh so handsome!)
Once you arrive at the stop, you pay for the bag or bags of the size you wish, get directions for where the apples are to be picked and which varieties and start picking. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the rain, too.
Before it really started, we all looked around and decided on the apples we would like best and let the girls do the picking. Even E had fun getting one (and I’m certain she ate at least 3/4 of it).
If you go on a day when it’s not raining, you will likely spend a lot more time out in the orchard exploring the apple choices, and getting cute shots of your kids picking the apples from the trees. Despite the rain, our girls had a blast. And, when you return to the barn/store, you can also purchase apple cider, apple cider slushes as well as caramel apples, dried apples and more. We were too soaked to go back and grab these this time, so it just means we’ll have to make another trip out there.