>Pick a Peck of Pretty Pommes – And a Reminder to Vote!

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Voting is now open for Round 4 of Project Food Blog.  Click here to read my entry post and to vote.
We spent the day yesterday in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  We decided to take the kids to Mercier Orchard  to pick some apples, and then ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to McCaysville, Georgia/Copperhill Tennessee.  
If you haven’t been to Mercier Orchard, I hope you’ll take the time to go soon.  The people who work there are great – very informative and friendly, and the apples are gorgeous.  We try to buy their gala apples whenever we find them at Harry’s/Whole Foods, and now we can say we’ve been to the source.  They have close to 200 acres of orchard, with many antique and hybrid varieties.  It’s great for the kids to see the apples growing and pluck them straight from the branch of the tree.  Additionally, Mercier’s fried pies are a tasty treat (we enjoyed ours on the train ride). 
We were hoping there would be more color on the trees, but it’s still a bit early in the season.  Not to mention, the temperature got up into the mid-80s yesterday, so it didn’t really feel like Fall outside.  I was glad we were in an air-conditioned rail car for the train ride, although it was fun to go and stand in the vestibule and feel the wind blow by the open dutch door. 
Today will be spent making apple jelly, apple sauce and perhaps even an apple pie or tarte tatin. We love apples in this house, so we got enough to have plenty left over for just plain eatin’, too.  
Now, go vote!
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