Photo – Courtesy of Barbers Orchard Facebook
With Labor Day signaling the unofficial close of summer, it is time to bid farewell to hot weather and say hello to fall-time fun. There are so many great activities to enjoy autumn in Haywood County but since we are still early in the season, I’m going to be highlighting a few that you can start enjoying now in September. This week it is all about taking your “pick” of fun with Haywood County grown apples.
For starters, did you know that apple season is already in full effect here in Haywood County? One of the first signs that summer is beginning to wind down is the official opening of Barbers Orchard Fruit Stand in Waynesville. Open August – December, no fall trip to Haywood County is complete without a visit to Barbers for apples and a variety of apple-related treats. While they have already been open for over a month, the different varieties of apples available increases as more of the harvest becomes ripe for the pickin’. In fact, the nice folks at Barbers keep a running list of when each type of apple will be available with sixteen varieties total. My personal favorite? The Pink Lady apple, which also happens to be the last variety available – slated for November 5th. But trust me, those delicious ladies are well worth the wait!
Along with bushels upon bushels of apples, this time of year you’ll find plenty of local produce to choose from like peaches, tomatoes, cabbage, and corn. As apples become more readily available and our harvest season comes to a close the fruit stand will transition over to mainly apples. Along with all those tasty apples also comes the decadent sweet treats that Barbers is also so well known for. Fresh apple cider, fritters, turnovers, cakes, pies, cookies muffins, and my absolute favorite – apple cider doughnuts. You’ll also find a variety of jams, jellies, and other yummy treats to round out your trip to Barbers. And don’t you dare leave Barbers without one of their most beloved, frosty treats – apple cider or peach cider slushees!
A trip to Barbers is not just a trip to a produce stand, it is a signature fall experience that you will find only here in Haywood County. But Barbers isn’t the only place you can find fresh Haywood County apples. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, the Waynesville Tailgate Market, and other area farms like KT Orchards in Canton will have a variety of apples to choose from as well. Also for those of you who really love your apples, come celebrate all things apple at the 28th annual Apple Harvest Festival on October 15th in downtown Waynesville. The festival is chocked full of local crafts, music, food, and of course plenty of apples.