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Two North Georgia apple orchards voted in nation's top three

R&A Orchards in Gilmer County was ranked the top apple orchard in the U.S. and Mercier Orchards in Fannin County was rated No. 3 in an online poll conducted by USA Today’s travel website. R&A and Mercier’s are both Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets.

In USA Today’s Reader’s Choice 2019 contest, online voters chose the two Georgia orchards in the top three. Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette, New York, was voted No. 2. The top 10: 1. R&A Orchards – Ellijay; 2. Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard; 3. Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge; 4. Spicer Orchards - Fenton, Michigan; 5. The Apple Shed - Newark, New York;  6.  Historic Weston Orchard & Vineyard - Weston, Missouri; 7. Marker-Miller Orchards - Winchester, Virginia; 8. Anderson Orchard - Mooresville, Indiana; 9. Carter Mountain Orchard - Charlottesville, Virginia; and 10. Ochs Orchard – Warwick, New York.

R&A and Merciers each allows customers to pick their own apples, and each has a roadside market where visitors can shop for a wide variety of locally grown produce, jams and jellies and other products. In-market dining is available at both orchards.