Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Nestled in a valley just off of Highway 74 in Fairview, Hickory Nut Gap Farm is a family-owned farm producing and selling a wide variety of apples, pumpkins, grassfed and pastured meats and much more. Many people know Hickory Nut Gap Farm for the meat they sell at area tailgate markets and in local restaurants but the real treat is a visit to the picturesque farm. Visitors are welcome seven days a week to shop at the farm store and to select their apples and pumpkins. For the price of admission, visitors can spend the day visiting the farm animals, traipsing through the pumpkin patch, getting lost in the corn and hay mazes, sliding down the culvert slides and swinging from rope swings off the great piles of hay. This year, there’s even a “goat walk” where goats climb overhead on elevated platforms up in the rafters of the barn. Hayrides, kiddie cart rides and horse rides are also offered for an additional price.
Visitors can bring lunch to eat at the picnic tables or order from one of the food trucks that set up shop on the weekends. There is not a u-pick option for the apples, but they taste just as good chosen from the large wooden bins. There are about ten varieties of low-spray and organic apples and sample slices are set out to help with the selection. Go for some apples and stay for the fun! More information on Fall Activities: Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards available at www.hickorynutgapfarm.com.
By Amy Brown
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Apple picking at Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is the perfect way to satiate your hunger for that kitschy need for fall family activities. Hay rides, apple picking, cider tasting and fall colors abound at this orchard, located just past Hendersonville in the quiet, yet scenic town of Edneyville. Grab a plastic bag from the barn and fill it to the brim with the multiple varieties available for just $8.00 (enough for two large pies and then some!), or if you are feeling so inclined, bring a wagon to fill up the bushels they offer. My daughter is 18 months and it was the perfect year to start what I hope to be a family tradition that will continue several years–we even saw teenagers enjoying themselves! It is recommended to call ahead for the varieties they offer as well as pricing, and also to make sure the crop is still yielding fruit on the trees, or you will be stuck picking out of the boxes near the register.
The orchard also has a corn maze for the bigs, and a soybean maze for the littles.
Feel like it is too late to pick apples? They have a myriad of pumpkins to choose from, or just enjoy the scenic drive, dress in your fall best and take some festive family photos!