Saturday, October 21, 2017

MERCIER APPLES

While we were up in north Georgia for a wedding, we took a detour the next morning, going north to Blue Ridge, so we could pick up some apples at Mercier's Apple House.


Inside, an old truck met us, loaded with apples.


We'd gotten up early (they open at 7 am) so we could eat breakfast in their cafe. My guy had a waffle but I had one of their fried peach pies. It wasn't crowded. Then.


Afterward, we ambled toward the apple room:


There we tasted apples before deciding which ones to buy. They were all good, some sweet, some tart, some just right! And no, I don't know these people.



After we picked up a bag to take home, we wandered around some more. They keep knocking out walls and putting stuff in. They have a honey section, a section of canned stuff, a section for jams and jellies, a section for different juices--not just apple but things like muscadine--and ciders--not just apple but other fruits like cherry--and all kinds of things like soaps and candles. There is also, I noticed, a place for tasting hard cider. But at eight o'clock in the morning, and a three hour drive in the rain ahead of us, we decided to forego that treat.

I don't remember what part this was, but you can see the hanging sign listing different departments:


Besides the apples, we also got a jar of chow chow and a bag of stone ground grits. And some more fried pies to take with us. Apple and peach, although they have a bunch of flavors. I found out recently that Mercier's supplies fried pies to places like The Varsity. (If you're not from Georgia, you won't know what that is but it's a famous fast-food place started by a Georgia Tech drop-out that has now spread over the state.)

Mercier's has muffins and banana bread and other things, too, but the fried pies are a specialty. Here's the bakery case: kind of empty since it was so early but stuff was coming from the kitchen. The pies we bought were still warm!


By the time we left about eight thirty, even with rain putting a damper on pick-it-yourself apple buyers, people were flocking in. There wasn't a single parking place left in the closest parking lot. Good thing we came early.

We ate the last apple yesterday and it was still good. I just love Mercier's! If you're ever in North Georgia, this is the place to go.

6 comments:

  1. It certainly looks like a welcome place. I've had peach pie... but never fried peach pie!

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    1. Ah, what you've been missing! I actually like dried peach fried pies best but they're hard to come by nowadays! Mercier's does offer dried apple fried pies but they just aren't the same!

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  2. Oh My Goodness, Fried Pies, Fried Pies Fried Pies, fresh apples sound lovely to me. Even the drive in the rain sounds good. Just as long as it wasn't a downpour. We had another wildfire here. Yikes.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The rain wasn't bad at all. And the fried pies were awesome.

      I've been watvhing all the wildfires and wondering about you. I hope they don't get too close to you and Winston!

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    1. Of course you would! They're wonderful! Tried to make my own years ago. Didn't work out.

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