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Grandad’s Apples

Grandad's Apples N Such: a Fun Fall Family Tradition
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During the fall season, there is nothing better than venturing to a farm to experience a bountiful harvest of scrumptious apples, a bakery featuring homemade, locally-sourced goods and pumpkins available in all varieties, all with a backdrop of seasonal foliage and mountain splendor. Grandad’s Apples N Such is a family owned and operated farm that offers all this and more throughout fall and beyond.

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Family-owned and operated since 1994 in Hendersonville, NC, is the family-favorite Grandad’s Apples N Such. Pat, who is a fourth-generation apple farmer, is proudly carrying on the tradition of farming that has been passed down in his family. Along with his wife Leslie who manages the Market aspect of the business and his two daughters Kaylin and Kayce and their families, Pat runs the 120 acres of farmland that produces apples, pumpkins, peaches, and more.

With over 30 different varieties of apples grown on the premises, Grandad’s Apples N Such is an ideal location to get some delicious, fresh, farm-grown apples. You can mix the types, choosing a bit of each variety or purchase apples by the ½ peck, peck, ½ bushel, or bushel. There is no “you-pick” option at the farm at the present time.

The many varieties of apples are available at varying times throughout the year based on the ripening season for each variety. Some options you can choose from include Ginger Gold, Zester, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Ruben, Golden Supreme, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Red Rome, Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, and many more. The ripening schedule for apples begins in early August and goes through mid-October, with the varieties being available at different times. Also available at various times the year are pumpkins in Grandad’s pumpkin patch. Here you can find pumpkins and jack o’lanterns in every shape and size imaginable.

In addition to enjoying a visit to this picturesque farm for pumpkins and fresh apples, guests can also shop in the market shop on-site, which includes products like mountain cabbage and peaches. Grandad’s Apples N Such market also features local honey, canned goods, such as jams, jellies, chow-chow, apple butter, and more, handmade crafts, and fall merchandise. There is even fresh-pressed apple cider available throughout the fall market season. You can also try some Fermented Apple Cider on-site as well!

Inside the market store at Grandad’s Apples N Such, venture back in time and experience the feel of an old country store with a scrumptious locally-sourced bakery. The bakery features lots of apple goodies as well as other scrumptious offerings. Apple cider doughnuts, apple cider slushies, caramel apples, apple pies, and more are for sale in the bakery. Grandad’s Bakery Menu hours are open weekends from 9 am to 4 pm.

In addition to the mouth-watering bakery treats, Grandad’s Apples N Such also features family-themed activities available throughout the fall season. Hours of operation for the activity portion of the farm begin on Labor Day weekend and go through October 31st on weekends. Family activities to enjoy during this splendid time of year when the air is crisp and the foliage is breathtaking, include several fun family options.

The corn maze is one favorite of guests of all ages and can be enjoyed before 4 pm. The apple canon is another fun activity for both children and adults alike and is available for guests before 4 pm. The cow train is yet another option and is specially designed for children and their companions. Again, all activities are only available before 4 pm and only throughout the fall season.

Grandad’s Apples N Such is a great location to explore and to truly embrace the fall experience. Enjoy beautiful mountain surroundings with flowing land replete with the produce of several varieties. Then, make your way into the market and bakery to enjoy homemade goodies and seasonal decor. The activities offered during the fall are ideal for families to experience together. Of course, even if you don’t have children, a trip to Grandad’s Apples N Such makes a great day trip to enjoy as a couple or with a group of friends. Suffice it to say that there is something to enjoy for every age group. After all, what is better than visiting a beautiful apple and pumpkin farm during the height of fall harvest season?

Insider Tips:
-All family fun activities are $5 a piece.
-Because the bakery goods are locally sourced and not all made on-site, it is difficult to ensure that goods do not contain any allergens for those who suffer from food sensitivities.