Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

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Georgia might be called the Peach State, but another fruit isn’t far behind. USA Today just released their 10 best apple orchards in America. Georgia has one ranked 2nd best!

Blue Ridge, Georgia is home to Mercier Orchards. It’s known for their U-Pick Apple Event that begins each August and continues through October.

According to their website, Mercier is all about family. The Merciers, Bill and Adele started the tradition in 1943, and they have passed it down for generations.

They have just about every kind of apple baked good from pies to apple bread. They even have apple cider doughnuts.

The Mercier family also believes in giving back to the community and supporting local groups.

Feed Fannin – Is an organization of volunteers working together to educate and encourage our community towards self-sufficiency while providing food for those in need in Fannin County and the Copper Basin.

Snack in a Backpack – Has been helping Fannin children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need for weekends, school breaks, and summer vacation breaks.

Project Chimps – Provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With your donations, you can help get them from the lab to their forever home.

Related: 10 Pumpkin Patches In The Augusta Area

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