One of my fondest memories from growing up is picking apples from my grandparents’ orchard. Nothing compares to eating an apple literally three seconds after picking it from the tree! While none of the farms listed here offer u-pick fruit, you won’t find anything fresher in a grocery store! Here’s your guide to apple orchards in the Birmingham area.
Birmingham-Area Apple Orchards
Mountain View Orchards
16045 County Road 29
Jemison, AL 35085
Mountain View Orchards is located in Jemison, about 45 minutes south of Birmingham. As of this blog post, Mountain View Orchards offers five varieties of apples in addition to peaches and other products. They are open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Check out their Facebook page!
Allman Farms & Orchards
6866 County Highway 29
Oneonta, AL 35121
Allman Farms & Orchards is located in Oneonta, about 45 minutes northeast of Birmingham. This is a multi-generational farm that offers many other products aside from apples. They are open Wednesday though Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also have an online store! Their Facebook page is here.
1695 County Road 1141
Cullman, AL 35057
Steele Orchard is located in Cullman, about 45 minutes north of Birmingham. In addition to multiple varieties of apples, they have several other kinds of produce and various other products in their store. Their hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and they’re open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page!
Fun, Fall Apple Recipes & Supplies
Once you pick these apples, you’ll need some great recipes for them! See below for some delicious recipes from a few of our favorite websites/cookbook authors. (If you’re in the mood for more seasonal foods, check out these must-have fall recipes, too!)
Spiced Honeycrisp Apple Fritters with Vanilla Coffee Glaze from Half-Baked Harvest
Deep fried dough with apples and a COFFEE GLAZE? Sign me up! To help with chopping up all those apples, be sure to get an apple corer/slicer like this; it’s a lifesaver, trust me. And, since fall/winter baking season is coming up, go ahead and splurge on a good-quality vanilla. You can thank me later.
Caramel Apple Pie from The Pioneer Woman
Apple and Cheddar Crisp Salad from Smitten Kitchen
If you need something lighter after the above recipe, you cannot go wrong with a savory salad, complete with a simple, homemade dressing and seasonal ingredients. If you’ve never made your own dressing before, don’t be intimidated. Just grab a watertight container and go for it! It’s so much better than store-bought!!
For more fun fall farms, check out our guide to area pumpkin patches!