Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We’re excited to announce a new approach to our u-pick orchards this year. This will let you get a wider variety of apples throughout all seasons, and let you enjoy our farm to the fullest.

Here are some questions and answers about our orchard to help you know what to expect from your apple picking experience here.

What does it cost for admission?

Here are the options for the 2023 season!

Monday – Friday:

General admission is $8 per person and includes: Farm slide, corn box, duck races and petting farm play time.

Saturday & Sunday:

  1. Farm Fun admission is $13.00 and includes:  Farm slide, corn box, rubber duck races, petting farm play time plus milking the cow, wagon ride around the farm and admission to the pig races.
  2. Super Fun admission is $18.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, rubber duck races, petting farm play time, milking the cow, wagon ride around the farm, admission to the pig races, milk the cow, jumping pillow play time & cow train ride.
  3. Mega Fun admission is $26.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, duck races, petting farm play time, milking the cow, wagon ride around the farm, admission to the pig races, milk the cow, jumping pillow play time, cow train ride, 3 apples to shoot at the cannons, pony ride (under 70 lbs), admission to corn maze and the NEW mega slide!

PLEASE NOTE: Apple picking bags are separate and as follows:

1/2 peck ~ $10

peck ~ $20

1/2 bushel ~ $40

How does it work?

Beginning August 26 and continuing through October 29 we are open for u-pick on Monday-Saturday from 9-6 and Sunday from 1-6.  We sell the last tickets to go into the orchard at 5 pm each day. This is for your benefit to make sure you have enough time to pick your apples and still have an enjoyable day here at the farm. The orchards, market and bakery do close at 6 pm. You choose what entry bracelet you would like for each member of your party age 2 and older then choose your bag size to fill and take home. Everyone needs a bracelet but not their own apple picking bag. U-pick 1 (behind the market) is open everyday but U-pick 2 (across the road from market) is open on weekends only! Please check the U-pick calendar for specific dates and apple varieties that are available to pick! Varieties can change the day of due to staffing, maintenance or other unforeseen events. There is almost ALWAYS something available to pick but we can not guarantee the variety you may be after. Because the apples inside the market are from a different entity we can’t allow you to finish filling your bags from the apples in our market. We accept cash, credit cards, debit cards and apple pay.  Please note there is a 3% surcharge on credit card transactions. There is no advanced reservations for U-pick. You just come during open hours.

How long has Reece Orchards been in business?

We’ve been in the apple business since early 1960’s.

How much does it cost to visit your market?

It’s free for lookers! Lots of yummy stuff to buy and take home with ya!

Is the orchard dog friendly?

Yes! Dogs are permitted in the orchards, but must be leashed. Dogs are not permitted in the market for any reason.

If you bring a pet, please make sure it minds its manners! You are responsible for your pet so please clean up after them. Others may not love your pet as much as you do.

What is peak season at the orchard?

September and October are peak season. Our u-pick season begins the weekend before Labor Day (last weekend of August) and runs through the end of October or until the orchards are picked clean. This is a popular time for visitors looking to enjoy fall weather, u-pick apples and our bakery.

Does Reece Orchards only have apples?

No. We grow peaches, nectarines, asian pears, and seasonal vegetables as well as a wide variety of apples. We also have a bakery with a full selection of baked goods and a market with cider, jams and other goods. We have 200 acres of apples (and growing) and 30 acres of peaches. We have 30 acres of a variety of vegetables.

Where are you located in Ellijay?

We are located a beautiful few minutes’ drive outside of Ellijay GA on HWY 52 East toward Dawsonville or Dahlonega. Visit our map for specific directions from your location.

Are the orchards family friendly?

One of the areas we pride ourselves in at Reece Orchards is our family friendly atmosphere. We want to provide families a place to enjoy the outdoors and the fun in our orchards. We have petting farm and other farm fun for children. We also welcome school field trips Tuesday-Friday by appointment.

What kinds of apples do you carry?

We have a wide selection of apples both in the market and available for u-pick when in season. We grow 30 different varieties on 200 acres. We have u-pick in 3 of our orchards totaling 90 acres. We always pick in our other orchards to sell in our market so we leave plenty for you to pick! We never pick the apples in U-pick so sometimes we have different apples available inside the market that are not available in U-pick.

How do we know what apples are in season?

Although exact dates can vary by a couple weeks, please visit our calendar for U-pick varieties and dates. If you are interested in apples in our market, please call us to verify we have begun picking.

I’m looking for good apples for cooking, what are popular cooking apples?

Depending on what you’re making, you’ll need to look into a variety of different apples.

Cooking Apple: Rome Beauty is our best and most popular cooking apple. Mutsu Golden, Jonathan and Stayman Winesap are always good options due to their juicier flavors.

Tarts or Pies: you can never go wrong with Granny Smith. Don’t be afraid to try uncommon combinations in baked goods. Every apple has a unique flavor.

Are you open if it rains?

We are open rain or shine for U-pick. There are no rain checks or refunds because of rain.  Just wear your cute rain boots, rain gear and bring your umbrella. You will be making memories even in the rain!

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