As autumn peaks over the horizon and the humidity starts to evaporate from Atlanta like a steamy shower would dissipate when the door is left open, Atlantan’s start craving all things cool weather.
We found ourselves in a position to escape the sweltering heat of late summer and headed north up I-75 to the mountains, hoping to find some solace in an afternoon spent arm deep in apple trees at Mercier Orchards in my new favorite jeans from the Limited.
Each year, a fall bucket list gets typed up on my keyboard and meticulously checked off. On that list many things you yourself may include: cheer on an SEC college football game, visit a winery in North Georgia, host a bonfire complete with s’mores, and get out of Atlanta to pick my own fruit and vegetables at one of North Metro-Atlanta’s many U-Pick farms, perhaps you’ve heard of a little place called Mercier Orchards?
With a warm apple hand pie in one hand and my farmers market tote in the other, I strolled around the back of their store filling my basket with artisanal preserves, honeys and baked good mixes ready to be taken home and be whipped up for breakfast one morning. As any good operational farm would have, Mercier dedicates a large portion of their farm store to produce they grow on their property. You will find everything from peaches, apples, and berries, to onions, squashes, okra and tomatoes. For those whose interest lies more in fermented fruit rather than fresh, Mercier has a tasting room dedicated to their hard ciders (be sure to try the Grumpy Granny) and wines made from peaches and blackberries.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stuff my stomach full of their amazing hand-pies and thankfully had some forgiving jeans from The Limited to hide the effects of such actions. These jeans have quickly become a regular rotation in my weekly wardrobe. They have a nice stretch to them but hold their shape well and surprisingly are even long enough for my crazy long legs. I love the medium wash of them as well, perfect for transitioning from Summer to Autumn. They were the perfect pair to accompany me to the mountains that afternoon while I made my way from the orchards to the pie line.
At the end of the day with fruit stains on my hands and small wisps of dirt across my jeans, I happily drove back home to Buckhead, completely recharged in spirit and mentally refreshed for the weeks ahead. My time in the orchards was just the escape I needed during that hot summer afternoon.
If you’re interested in reading more of my editorial for Points North Magazine and seeing more fantastic photos by Lindsey LaRue, be sure to check out the piece we collaborated on here or find an issue on stands here.