Ingles Markets is taking you on a road trip to explore some of Carolina’s fascinating parts. These areas have some surprisingly fun, affordable gems worth visiting that most people may not know. On this trip, Chris Bainbridge is giving you a closer look at the Sky Top Orchard.
Sky Top is an apple orchard located in Flat Rock, North Carolina. This orchard began in the 1960s and has grown into 80 acres seated on the prettiest plot you can imagine. This beautiful site is a family business, and the owners, David, and Lindsay Butler, make you feel like family when you visit. Sky Top Orchard houses over 20 varieties of apples, each with a unique flavor. After shopping around, Bainbridge found himself falling in love with Honey Crisp, Gala, McIntosh, and Jonathan.
When you arrive, you can purchase a bushel basket to fill with apples. The best part is you get to keep it. Pretty cool, right? After you get your basket, the apple trees await. You also get a handy map and plenty of signs planted throughout the orchard. Take your time, and don’t rush. If you have little ones, with a lift or ride on your shoulders, they can help you reach those elusive top branches. Pick until your heart’s content.
Sky Top Orchard is not just known for its wide variety of apples. They also have fresh apple cider, cider slushies, their famous apple cider doughnuts, and kettle corn that you cannot get enough of. Don’t miss out on options for pies, jellies, butter, you name it! There’s plenty for children to enjoy—playgrounds, apple cannons, tractor rides, and animals. Even if you’re an adult, this place will make you feel like one again.
Sky Top Orchard is more than an apple picking field. It’s an experience open every day. David and Lindsay Butler do a fantastic job of helping you plan your trip. If you’re ready for a memorable day in the mountains, visit Sky Top Orchard’s website to learn more and get started. Apple country is waiting.
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