Why You Should Go Apple Picking at Justus Orchard This Fall

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Justus Orchard

Photo credit: Justus Orchard

Is there any better way to spend a crisp autumn day than apple picking at a local orchard? Located in Hendersonville, Justus Orchard has been growing North Carolina apples for four generations. Owned and operated by the Justus family, the orchard offers a wide variety of U-pick and pre-picked apples, as well as homemade jams, preserves, baking mixes and more.

After picking out the perfect apples, visitors can stop by the pond to see the ducks, visit the farm animals or shoot apples from the orchard’s apple cannon. The on-site Apple House Bakery also offers a variety of apple treats, including hot apple cider, apple fritters, apple cider doughnuts, candy and caramel apples, apple slushies, and the Justus family’s famous fried apple pies.

Photo credit: Justus Orchard

The apple-picking season at Justus Orchard runs from mid-August through early November. To learn more about the orchard and plan your visit, go to justusorchard.com or call (828) 974-1232.

You can find even more U-pick opportunities across the state this fall using the Visit NC Farms app. Just download the free app on your smartphone or tablet and start exploring local farms today.

See more: 4 Sweet and Savory Apple Breakfast Recipes for Fall

GIVEAWAY: We’ve partnered with Justus Orchard to give away an apple-picking experience to three lucky readers! The experience includes a bushel of apples and a dozen apple cider doughnuts. Enter below for your chance to win.

Note: This U-pick experience was featured as a giveaway in our Fall 2020 issue. The giveaway has now ended. Thanks to all who participated.

132 Comments

  1. Carolyn Avery

    September 3, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    would love to take my 91 year old Mom. She’s a retired Tobacco, Soy Bean and Corn Farmer.

    • Stephanie Ray

      September 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      How fun!

      • Johnna

        September 11, 2020 at 8:45 am

        I can’t wait to come and see your orchard, it all sounds amazing.

      • Jessica Dawson

        September 11, 2020 at 10:36 am

        I would love to take my kids on a field trip.

  2. Ruth Jennings

    September 3, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    I love Justus orchard! We have driven across the state twice to get their apples. Love Miutsu to make apple sauce

  3. Barbara Sullivan

    September 4, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Surely would like to win this great gift! I enjoy the Granny Smiths and Honey Crisp, Figi, Gala, and most all of them. Justus is a great place to visit every time we go to the area!

  4. Taryn Padiak

    September 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    We’ve not yet visited Justus Orchard, but we’d sure enjoy it!

  5. Crystal Anderson

    September 4, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    We love you pick opportunities. We haven’t picked apples yet since moving to NC. Would love to win the chance to enjoy it to the fullest.

  6. james l harrington

    September 5, 2020 at 9:45 am

    The last 3 years we have taken my brother to the orchard while he was suffering from cancer. He just passed in March this year. and believe it or not as we were around his bed the last time, he looked at my wife holding his hand and said (Im ready to go pick apples,are you?) My wife told him he was going to a better orchard than we could imagine.This will be our 1st trip with out him.

  7. Nell Tyson Dunn

    September 5, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Hoping to visit soon.

    • Susan G Sheppard

      September 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Never had the opportunity to pick apples. This sounds like an experience that world be tremendously enjoyed!

  8. Karen W Stone

    September 5, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Mountain apple picking time, love it!

  9. Barbara Forrest

    September 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Bought honey crisp apples for everyone in our Sunday School A few years back at Justus Orchards. Time to repeat. Looking forward to visiting again.

  10. Betty Ballinger

    September 5, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Would love to win! Love apples and falldays in the mountains! My daughter lives in Jefferson.

  11. Betty Ballinger

    September 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Would love to win! Love the mountains i the fall!

  12. Melinda

    September 5, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Would love to take my family for a visit!

  13. Angela Burroughs

    September 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I would love to win. I have never been to an apple orchard before and look forward to going. The article on Justus Orchard caught my eye because of my desire to visit one. The reviews are great. The orchard is in NC. This is a wonderful prize!

  14. Jewel

    September 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Have been taking my 81 year old mother to pick apples for many years! Even though it’s a 6 hour trip, it’s always worth it. After being under Covid-19 restrictions for months, this trip would be especially meaningful for our family!

  15. Sarah Watkins

    September 5, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Would love to win!

  16. Constance Jones

    September 5, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I have never eaten apples from your orchard but I would love to try them. I am a new Farm Bureau member and until then I had not even heard of your apples.

  17. Annette

    September 5, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    We used to go apple picking with our boys, Now we look forward to apple picking with our grandchildren. Fresh picked apples are the best!

  18. Valerie Richard

    September 5, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I love to pick apples in the North carolina Mountains

  19. Pete Bynum

    September 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Love the mountains,love Apples and would love to see your orchard.

  20. Alison marrs

    September 5, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    We make our own apple butter and would love to visit the area and pick our own apples!

  21. M. Mueller

    September 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    I’m a farm kid but my kids live the military life! However, none of us have ever been apple picking before, and I can’t imagine a better experience to have in our last NC fall before we move again. 🍎

  22. Vickie File

    September 5, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    We always look forward to and love delicious NC mountain apples in the Fall. What a wonderful giveaway!

  23. Michele Callahan

    September 6, 2020 at 7:03 am

    I moved to North Carolina from NY State and really missed apple picking last fall! Would live to see how NC compares. And to check out the mountains as well? Yesssssss!

  24. bob g

    September 6, 2020 at 7:56 am

    I don’t eat anything but fresh NC apples!

  25. Karey Smythe

    September 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Would love the opportunity to visit Justus Orchard to pick apples!! Making pies with their fresh apples would be a great fall treat for family & friends 🙂

  26. Carol Fuller

    September 6, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I have never been apple picking. I would love to do this.

  27. Kelly

    September 6, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I would love to take my children apple picking!

  28. Gayle Philemon

    September 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Love North Carolina grown mountain apples and love visiting Justus Orchard.

  29. vickie

    September 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Would love to pick some fresh apples to make some fresh fried pies. Also try some new kinds of apples.

  30. Brooks

    September 7, 2020 at 10:42 am

    We love fresh apples!!! There is no better sign of fall than picking fresh apples and fresh apple cider. And what better way than to support local business at the same time.

  31. Breanne Hollie

    September 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I have never been to an orchard but I’ve always wanted to. I eat an apple almost every day and they’re one of my favorite foods. They’re so versatile but best with peanut butter! I’m moving close to the area soon and would love to have some experiences in and around my new home. If I were to win I would come visit with my sister and nephews from Columbia, NC and give them the opportunity of an adventure away from our rural community.

  32. Deanna Lacicer

    September 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Apple picking is always a staple family activity during our fall season! We are apple eaters and love supporting local farmers/businesses!

  33. Renee Gibson

    September 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    We’ve never visited Justus Orchard but it is now on our Fall bucket list! I need some apple cider doughnuts right now! Yummy 😋

  34. Jessica Blackwelder

    September 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    We live on a small farm and raise beef cattle and honeybees. I would love to take a day trip to the orchard this fall~

  35. Debra S Smith

    September 7, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Love apples and orchards and would be great to take our grandkids!

  36. Cindy

    September 8, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Love the mountains all year but especially in the fall. A wonderful way to spend the perfect day during the fall season.

  37. Ottine Miller

    September 8, 2020 at 7:21 am

    I’d like to win the apples and what I don’t use donate to our Community Outreach. Which would be most of the apples!

  38. Philip Freeman

    September 8, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I love love apple cider

  39. Susan

    September 8, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Looking forward to Apple picking!

  40. Nicki

    September 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Would love to take our 2 kids apple picking – it would be a first for us! 🙂 Thank you for the amazing opportunity!

  41. Meghan N

    September 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Right near my parents so an extra excuse to visit this fall.

  42. Alison

    September 8, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Would love to take our kids apple picking for the first time! We are ready for a little change of scenery 🙂

  43. Sandy Clayton

    September 8, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Never been to your area-would love to come for a visit! and to eat a fried apple pie!

  44. John Cresswell

    September 8, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I would love to take the wife and kids for a day of fresh air,apples, and mountain views, doesn’t get any better than that!

  45. Katie C

    September 8, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I have fond memories of apple picking as a teen. What fun!

  46. Lisa Martin

    September 8, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I’m always glad to get my Field & Family magazine love reading it.I would very much enjoy coming to a apple orchard never done this before. I remember just stopping on the side of the road and buying apples or a local neighbor having a apple tree or two in the yard and letting my family getting a sack full.This just would be a wonderful experience.

  47. Jeanette Stamp

    September 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Apple season is my favorite time of year! What better way to celebrate fall than to go apple picking.

  48. Kimberly Y

    September 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

    We are moving closer soon and I’m really looking forward to being closer to apple orchards! I can not wait to go out apple picking!

  49. K Hale

    September 9, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Sounds like a cool place – love to visit!

  50. Joe K

    September 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Great contest

  51. Faith Yow

    September 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I love fresh picked apples!!

  52. Randy Dicker

    September 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I haven’t been to an orchard since I left Maine 10 years ago. I appreciate the opportunity.

  53. Eileen P

    September 9, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    We have missed apple picking since moving from the north. Would love to spend a day in the mountains in the orchard as we used to when our kids were little. It’s not only a stress release, but cider donuts and apples are the best for making you feel happy.

  54. Jonathon Smith

    September 9, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    My wife and I hope to go apple picking together for the first time this fall. The COVID pandemic is really challenging us to seek out outside activities and with the weather cooling off, this would be a fun activity! And Justus has been highly recommended by many of our friends in the area.

  55. Emily Smith

    September 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Apple picking has been on my bucket list for the past couple of years and just haven’t been able to make it to the mountains to do it. Would love to visit Justus Orchard and check this off!

  56. Maralee Adamovich

    September 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I saw the article in my very first issue of Field &Family and can’t wait to visit your orchard.

    • Frankie Lineberger

      September 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      We haven’t ever been to Justice orchard. It sounds wonderful. My husband is a farmer and loves all things North Carolina. My family is not from North Carolina so I am excited to see all the cool spots.

  57. Dale Ryals

    September 9, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    My Aunt “Slim” is enjoying her 103rd season on the 3rd Rock from the Sun. She is sharp as a tack and loves talking and telling how she did things in the old days. She has been to Denton, NC many times for the Old Timey Days doing homemade soap. Drying apples that she picked from the family farm is something that she has done in her long adventure on Planet Earth and she would be thrilled to give me instructions on how to dry fresh picked apples and see the process again.

    For Aunt “Slim” to be involved from the picking to the drying I will take video through the apple orchard and share with her.

  58. Deb Aeschbacher

    September 9, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    This is something I have never done. But I would absolutely love to!

  59. James L

    September 9, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Would love to take my wife, 2 yr. old daughter, and 1 yr. old son to this experience!

  60. Sherry Strickland

    September 9, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    We would love to celebrate our upcoming (September) 33rd Wedding Anniversary picking apples at your orchard! Apples are our bedtime snack, we live in eastern NC, are familiar with your orchard and I am sure we will enjoy your fresh picked apples!

  61. Joyce Belfance

    September 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    I love apple picking. Glad to hear about your orchards.

  62. Susan E

    September 9, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    🙂

  63. Dana Kroh

    September 9, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Our family has never gone apple picking, and I think my 4 kiddos would love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Jennifer B.

    September 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Apple picking in the mountains during the Fall is the best – would be great to head out to Hendersonville!

  65. Margaret Crumpler

    September 10, 2020 at 6:17 am

    I love Apples and everything about them. I have never visited Justus Orchard, but would love to take a trip to the mountains to visit-even if I don’t win the give away I have a trip planned in the near future.

  66. Jordan H

    September 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Part of what I miss about living up north was all the fun things to do in the fall. I’m excited to know that there is apple picking nearby! I’m definitely planning on going now!

  67. Christine M Tumlin

    September 10, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Seems like a good quality family time!

  68. Bob Dunning

    September 10, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Apple picking would be so much fun and the apple fritters sound like they would be delicious!

  69. Frederick Foell

    September 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I remember when I was a kid, about 55 years ago and we lived across the road from the farm. They had all last a dozen different kinds of apple trees and in the fall we would climb them and just sit up in the tree gorging on fresh apples. It was my favorite season and I only fell out of a tree once and jumped back up so no one would see me. I guess you would call that a “wasted fall”.

  70. Whitney Reece

    September 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Would love to win! My family loves apples. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old who would really enjoy going.

  71. MARY MAYBIN

    September 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    The apples at “Justus Orchards” have always been a treat to purchase as they are so fresh and juicy. The apple cider donuts are always a big hit at any social gathering.

  72. Jeni Eudy

    September 10, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I have never been here, but it sounds lovely! We love apples, and those fried apple pies make me think about my grandma!

  73. Dena Brown

    September 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Our favorite apple pies and slushy!

  74. Larry E. Clark

    September 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Would love to travel from the Triangle Area of NC to pick apples at your farm.

  75. Sophia

    September 10, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Cannot wait to come here with my girlfriend! We love apple goodies!

  76. Mallory

    September 10, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I’m really hoping to shoot that apple cannon after winning this drawing!

  77. Tracey

    September 11, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Apple picking is a good fun outing. Ready to do again and maybe weather will be nice not hot.

  78. Megan Smith

    September 11, 2020 at 7:40 am

    We are wanting to start an annual apple picking trip for our two girls who LOVE apples! We would love to win a chance to visit your farm and start coming annually 🥰

  79. Johnna

    September 11, 2020 at 8:46 am

    I can’t wait to come and see your orchard, it all sounds amazing.

  80. Jacqueline Jones

    September 11, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Going to Justus Orchard is an entire family day. We drive 4 hours and then drive back. The apples are amazing and The apple cider donuts are worth the drive alone! Got my fingers and toes crossed, here’s hoping

  81. Robert Burns

    September 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    We always love apple picking as a family, thanks for doing this giveaway!

  82. Lisa Burns

    September 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    We enjoy apple season every year!

  83. Sue Moore

    September 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Would be a great trip, love apples anyway you can fix them.

  84. Valerie Bonnett

    September 11, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I love this magazine! Received it in the mail after just moving here!

  85. Susan Gardner

    September 11, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and new experience!

  86. Nancy Person

    September 11, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    My family and I enjoy eating and growing fresh veggies and fruits! I would love to be able to take my 78 year old mother and my 17 year old daughter for some bonding time and show them that the good things in life!

  87. Sarah Smith

    September 11, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    We go apple picking in Hendersonville every year.

  88. Anna Pry

    September 11, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    we’ve never been to this orchard but would like to

  89. TYANNE LOWE

    September 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Excited for apple season to celebrate it with my daughters!

  90. Mary Payne

    September 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

    So excited for fall! Can’t wait to visit you guys!

  91. Lisa

    September 12, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hoping to visit soon!

  92. Michelle Clayton

    September 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Would love to visit soon!

  93. Jason Grantham

    September 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve never gone apple picking, but I sure would love to try it!

  94. Brittany Horrell

    September 12, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    We would like to take our kids and enjoy a day out! Thanks for the chance to win! ❤️

  95. Laura

    September 12, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    So exciting! What a wonderful place to visit!

  96. Katrina

    September 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Love Apple Season, everything apple … pies, cider, fried apples … can’t wait!

  97. Janet

    September 13, 2020 at 4:51 am

    We are Apple lovers. Hope we win the contest

  98. Whitney Crowell

    September 13, 2020 at 9:04 am

    We would love to bring our family to visit! What a great addition to our homeschool curriculum.

  99. Crystal DosReis

    September 13, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Would love to enjoy the outdoor event to enjoy fresh air,, beautiful scenery and yummy apples. Such a great way to make incredible family memories.

  100. Tricia Young

    September 13, 2020 at 11:22 am

    My kids and I would love this!

  101. Martha

    September 13, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    This would be so much fun!

  102. David Burris

    September 13, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    My wife I would love to visit the Justus Orchard for the first time. We have been to other orchards in Hendersonville and the surrounding area but not this one. Thanks to the Field and Family article for information about your orchard. Hope to visit you soon!

  103. Tania Craig

    September 13, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I would love to go just to get away for the day with no worries. My family has been off together in over 2 years.

  104. Sherri Kitter

    September 13, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I love NC apples.

  105. Kelly DiMascio

    September 13, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I would love to take my parents – haven’t been apple picking since they moved here from MI!

  106. Jessica Johnson

    September 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    My wife and I would love this! We got married in April at the magistrate and haven’t been able to have a honeymoon yet.

  107. Dorothy A Heath

    September 13, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Would love to win this and take the family!

  108. carol

    September 13, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    love your orchard, gonna bring our grandbabies

  109. Donna Park

    September 14, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Would love to come and pick apples. I have plenty of apple recipes ready!!

  110. Andrea

    September 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Picked at Justus last year and it was delightful.

  111. Sal

    September 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to take my family to an orchard!

  112. Lori Ward

    September 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Love fresh NC apples. Would enjoy the chance to visit and pick my own.

  113. Becky Pepper

    September 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I love apples, apple pie and apple nut spice cake and just eating apples. Love, Love, Love apples.

  114. Fallon Parvin

    September 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    This looks so amazing I’m going whether I win or not! Thanks for advertising this beautiful orchard. We go in October:)

  115. Suzanna Vogel

    September 18, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Hooray for fall!

  116. Patti C Scism

    September 18, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    An apple picking excursion to Justus Orchard would be a great family day trip to take my precious grandchildren on. Would love to win an apple picking experience to Justus Orchard!!

  117. Debbie Duffy

    September 19, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Sounds like a fun time. I have never been apple picking before.

  118. Sherri Poteet

    September 19, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Sounds like lots of fun! Would love to go pick apples!

  119. Jenny Ham

    September 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    My niece just moved to NC and I think she would enjoy this experience. I would like to send her out to do something fun yet safe.

  120. John Lazarski

    September 21, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Looking forward to our annual apple weekend in Hendersonville!

  121. Melissa Stark

    September 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Would love to visit your farm. Please enter me for the giveaway! Thanks!

  122. Linda Smith

    September 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    My husband and I are newly retired, and because of COVID, traveling (near and far) has not existed. Looking forward to a visit to your Apple Farm, enjoying your products, meeting the Justus family. We plan to visit whether we win, or on our own. Best wishes that you have a rewarding and Blessed Fall season.

  123. Teresa doman

    September 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Would love to win the apples

  124. Sarah

    September 22, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Hope to go to the orchard in October!

  125. Gayle Brown

    September 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    I love apples!!!!

  126. Jill M Harris

    September 27, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    🤞🤞🤞
    Would love to take our girls!

  127. Hailey Futrell

    October 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I’d love to go and take my grandma with me! She loves the fall and has always wanted to go pick apples, but has never had the chance!

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