Fall is here, and you know what that means – pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes and apple cannons (my kids’ favourite)! If you are looking for something to do for the long weekend coming up here are some great options:

Burt’s Farm is probably the most visited of the North Georgia pumpkin patches. It is also the most crowded.  Get there early if you go on the weekend (preferably before it opens) or you’ll be parking in a neighboring county. The hay wagon ride is great for the little kids and includes a few stops with animated characters that talk. Older kids who have been weaned on 21st century graphics might find this part a little ‘old’ but the little guys get a kick out of it.  LOTS of pumpkins and gourds to choose from, convenient wagons to haul around your goodies and a well-stocked country store with baked goods.

 Kinsey Farms is another great choice for fall activities. Hay Rides, Barn Animals, Fish Feeding, a great local store with honey’s and jellies, TONS of pumpkins of every color and size and – our personal favorite – the apple cannon! Take aim at the cows grazing off yonder and fire! (Don’t worry, they’re too far away to actually hit). Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a family afternoon on their beautiful grounds. Kinsey Farms also has cut-your-own Christmas Trees so you might want to bookmark this site for December.

Mercier Orchards is our favorite apple orchard. They have over 50 varieties of apples, great prices, a tractor ride takes you up to the trees, Smokehouse apples (sweet but with the texture of a pear) and Topaz (like a dessert apple, very sweet). A little further but worth the drive. Pink Ladies will not be ready until the first frost, probably not until mid-October (call for info). Mercier is the only apple orchard in Georgia that processes their own cider on-site and uses no added sugar, water, or preservatives.

And I know this isn't apples, or pumpkins, or fall, but when you're up towards Mercier Orchards and you've worked up quite an appetite, go get some lunch at Joe's Barbecue. Absolutely a gem. You will not be sorry. Mmm....

For a more complete list of pumpkin patches in Georgia, click here. Happy Fall everyone!