We’re celebrating National Apple month in October with “Applehaven”, a month-long celebration of all things apple. There will be apple-themed activities and events at the market each Saturday of the month, such as a kids coloring contest and games, apple tasting and educational sessions, chef demonstrations, a costume contest and more.
BFM offers two vendors who sell fresh apples at the market: Fitzgerald Fruit Farms and Mercier Orchards, a fourth generation orchard. The market will also carry apple inspired products for the season, such as apple pies, apple cookies, apple cider, apple pasties and more. For a complete lineup of events, please follow Brookhaven Farmers Market on facebook or sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
All about apples:
- Look North. Most of the apple crops produced in Georgia are grown in the north Georgia mountains. Ellijay, in Gilmer County, is known as the apple capital of the state. Source 1
- Popularity Contest. The most popular varieties of apples grown in Georgia include Ozark Gold and Paulard (July and August); Red Delicious and Golden Delicious (July-December); Rome Beauty and Mutzu Crispin (August-December); Empire, Jonagold, and Jonathan (August-September); Arkansas Black, Fuji, Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap, and Yates (October-December). Source 1
- Keep the Cardiologist Away. OSU reports eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL, the “bad cholesterol,” by 40%. Source 2
- Cancer Fighters. Apples are rich in antioxidants, especially quercetin, known to inhibit cancer onset and cell proliferation. Source 2
Source 1: Lind, Catherine G. "Apples." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 03 November 2015. Web. 26 September 2016.
Source 2: “Quick Facts.” USapple.org. 2016. Web. 26 September 2016.