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Wednesday, August 11, 2021   /   by Nathan Fitts

Apples, Pumpkins, and Festivals, Oh My!

Apple Season is Upon Us!

It’s not at all clear why Johnny Appleseed, proud purveyor of produce, might have stopped sowing seeds somewhere just beyond Ellijay, on the southern side of the Blue Ridge region. Who knows? Maybe it was some menacing dogs at the county line, or maybe he didn’t get a conditional use permit, but it doesn’t really seem to have anything to do with jurisdictional boundaries.

It’s not like grapes, where certain types, vinifera, for example, grow best at particular elevations or proper ph.  But somehow good ol’ Johnny either stopped for no reason or ran out of seed after a productive sojourn to the east of Ellijay, about 20 miles south of Blue Ridge. The good news is, there’s a high concentration of apple trees close by, and if you overshoot that’s not a bad thing.  Maybe you land in Dahlonega, where the good grapes grow. But that’s another story, for another time.

An apple hunt foray is an easy day; ...

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