Last month, I started teaching preschool at home. Our first unit was about “Apples” and learning about the letter “A.” With whispers of fall starting to mix in the air, we decided it was the perfect time to take advantage of local fall activities like apple picking around Chattanooga.
While there are actually quite a few apple orchards around Chattanooga, we decided to visit Wheeler’s Orchard first because we wanted to go apple picking. Wheeler’s Orchard is located in Dunlap, TN, which is about a thirty minute drive from Chattanooga. The cost is $3 per adult and $2 per child to pick apples. Due to COVID-19, the orchard is requesting you to reserve your time to come apple picking. Please see their website to schedule your visit and purchase your tickets.
While at the orchard, you are given a tour and shown how to pick the apples properly. After you are done picking apples, you are welcome to feed their farm animals any fallen apples. Afterwards, they have cider and apple treats available for purchase.
There are other beautiful apple orchards around Chattanooga too.
Fairmount Orchard, Inc. is located on Signal Mountain. The orchard began in 1971 and has been passionately serving its community since then. Although this is not a “you-pick” orchard, the farm is committed to offering its community the very best of their products. Currently, the orchard is selling a variety of apples, cider, and jams. They are open every day of the week from 9am until 7:45pm. If you would like more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page, Fairmount Orchard, Inc.
Oren Wooden’s Apple House is located in Pikeville, TN. It is a one stop location for an orchard, farm market, farm to table restaurant and bakery, and gift shop! With one look at their southern menu at the Oren’s Orchard Cafe and the Pie Shop, your mouth will be drooling.
Last week, the kids and I decided to visit Oren Wooden’s Apple House. The restaurant, bakery, and farm market are connected in one large building. The sweet aroma of apple pie lingered into the farm market. The kids and I quickly found ourselves in the bakery line.
We enjoyed a slice of apple cake and chocolate chip cookies from the bakery. Afterwards, we walked around the property to stretch our legs. A large pavilion with several picnic tables was located outside of the restaurant, so you could enjoy your food while socially distancing. While you eat, you have a beautiful view of the apple orchard.
While Oren Wooden’s Apple House is not a “you-pick” orchard, there are lots of lovely components to this location that makes it a favorite among its community. Be sure to come shop, dine, indulge in apple treats, and view the beautiful orchard in the distance, while you enjoy your time at the Apple House!
Apple Valley Orchards is located in Cleveland, TN. Usually, this orchard offers hayrides and a scheduled tour of the orchard that includes a trailer ride, how the farm cares for the apples, telling of the Johnny Appleseed story, and a tour of the packing room and cider room; however, due to COVID-19, neither will happen this year. The orchard is allowing visitors to stroll through the orchard to see the trees and hopes to become a “you-pick” orchard in the future (so, follow along on their Facebook page or website for updates).
The store does have apples, cider, and bakery items available. You can enjoy these items in their picnic area that overlooks the orchard. Be sure to check out their website for which apples are being currently harvested and call ahead of time to see which apples are available.
Our family absolutely loved visiting the apple orchards around Chattanooga. We can’t wait to visit them all. It was so nice to be in nature and for the kids to see where one of their favorite snacks actually comes from, while supporting local farmers and our community.