Do you go Red Delicious first, Granny Smith, or Honeycrisp? In preparation for all the apple-picking days ahead in autumn, the Daily Meal published a list of the best orchards in America, and a North Carolina location made the list.
Going to an apple orchard and grabbing the bag or bucket is a popular tradition in the fall season. Kids see how many apples they can squeeze in without spilling over, while parents wonder what the number will be that pops up on the scale.
The 20 orchards highlighted here range from coast to coast. The apples grown at each destination may slightly vary, but the joyful experience does not. Furthermore, they offer the opportunity to make an entire fall day of fun.
“Among the corn mazes, hayrides, and wine tastings, you’ll find a lingering smell of freshly baked donuts and pies and plenty more activities to fill up your day at the farm,” Daily Meal says.
The North Carolina farm that was named among the best orchards in the country is a great example of this. It also exemplifies great tradition and a history of over 50 years.
Sky Top Orchard
Located at 1193 Pinnacle Mtn Rd in Zirconia, Sky Top Orchard is a family operation. They are open 9 am to 6 pm daily. They also offer tours, field trips, and wagon rides. “You can explore the orchard on a tractor-pulled wagon or, if you feel adventurous, shoot the fruit above the lake from an apple cannon,” the Daily Meal states.
In addition, Sky Top Orchard has 22 different apple varieties. Some of them, like the Ginger Golds, are seasonal, however. The property layout offers maps of where you can find each apple type and some tips on how to pick them.
“Ideally, look for little or no bruising, but if you plan to cut apples up for recipes, don’t let a few marks stop you from selecting perfectly tasty apples that may just be a little blemished,” Sky Top states.