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Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge

(4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
Open since 1943, Mercier Orchards brings people together with nature in various fruit picking events. The orchard features U-pick opportunities; apple picking is the most popular and the site offers more than 35 different varieties of the fruit. Depending on the season, you can find strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and pumpkins in this countryside haven. The orchard features a bakery and deli store, a fruit market, and a winery.You can buy fresh fruits and fruit pies, ciders, dressings, and sauces, fruit jellies, butters, and preserves on site and taste specialty candies, such as apples dipped in dark or white chocolate fudge, or glazed nuts and brittles. If you're not sure what to choose, try a staff favorite--the apple cinnamon bread. To visit Mercier Orchards and other attractions in Blue Ridge, use our Blue Ridge family vacation planner.
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  • Wow, what a selection in the shop. The local honey is delicious and we scored blackberry, apple, and pumpkin butter jars. My buttered toast is no longer boring! The cider tasting is highly recommended...  more »
  • Only stopped in to buy a couple of things on my way home. The apple fritters are a must try! I also night some friend apple pies and some apple cinnamon bread.  more »
  • Our first time here and we didn't realize it was so large. The store/bakery had a lot to choose from. Unfortunately they were short staffed when we visited on 3/5/17 and the tasting bar was closed.  more »
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  • Great family owned orchard with something for everyone. We have been going here every year for apple picking for the last several years. The apple picking experience is fun and best in late September and October. The bakery is a must. Their fried pies and apple fritters are out of this world. My personal favorite combo is a dozen apple cider donuts with a gallon of apple cider to wash it down.
  • They have a great market for apples, bakery, and other knick knacks at the orchard. We came there Oct 22 hoping to pick some apples but the apples have been all picked. There was a drought this yr so there weren't many apples to pick. The tractor tour through the orchard was fun! $4 per person for the ride. We were apple to walk through some part of the orchard and take pictures pretending we picked them. Overall great experience at the orchard. FYI.. purchase the apple cider donuts and apple pie! They were absolutely delicious!
  • Apples, apples and more apples! They can be super crowded during the picking season but for good reason. You can buy apples in every food or drink variation possible, pick your own, take a farm tour and even eat a delicious lunch in their restaurant. I especially liked the hard cider tasting room.
  • Great experience. Awesome apples. REALLY GREAT fried apple pies. Make sure you pick your own. They taste better than bagged ones in my opinion.
  • Fun for a couple hours. Go early if you're going on the weekend, it gets busy. Also, avoid the apple festival weekend unless that's why you're there. The fried pies, those are the real selling point. Get them. Get lots of them.