Hillside Farms Market

We have friends who have a home in North Carolina with a wonderful view  We love them, we love their view, and we visit whenever we can.

Preferring back roads when we head to North Carolina, we frequently pass Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store between Tiger and Lakemont, Georgia.  Once long ago, we purchased a jar of their preserves at a roadside market in southern Georgia.  It took us a while [pre-GPS and ubiquitous Google] to track the farm down, but we now make it a regular stop.

Hillside Farms opened an operation in Tiger in the 1980s making jams, jellies, pickles, relish, cider and syrup.  Owners Robert and Patsy Mitcham decided to move the retail store to the family farm in 2004.  Their intent was “to provide an educational and entertaining setting for people to learn about the heritage of a farm operation from another time.”

It seems the operation has grown a little each time we go back.  It is now a tourist attraction, especially during harvest season.

They started with the store, an old-fashioned sorghum pan to cook down syrup, a half-mile walking trail and farm tours.  By the time we first visited, they had added a bakery, an old moonshine still, old farm equipment, and a “gem mine” and had built a maze in a corn field.  Now they have animals for children to pet and feed, hay rides, fruits and berries to pick, honey extracting, a stage for entertainment, and a modern ethanol distilling operation.

The “barn loft” above their “mine” is available for parties, meetings and receptions.  When we were there in August, it was used as a thrift store.  There is an interesting thrift store sign on how to pay in my photos below.

Once we arrived early in the morning just in time to buy a cider donut still warm from the oven — heaven!

Click on photos to enlarge.

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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11 Responses to Hillside Farms Market

  1. JohnRH says:

    “She was only a moonshiner’s daughter, but I loved her still.” (groan) What are they making with the ethanol distillation? Something to mix with gasoline or something consumable?

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  2. I was wondering the same thing?

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  3. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    That is what you call good country living etc. The still reminds me of the one I brought back from Idaho complete with book. Bill was sick and I think he left behind a lot of stuff in a shed when we were packing to move to Oregon. It is sad but probably parts could be replicated. Thanks for the beautiful scenery. Love Loraine

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  4. I was at and apple farm a couple of weeks ago in Connecticut, Ray. Very similar. We walked around and picked our own apples and then the grandkids insisted we tackle a corn maze with them. Some fun! –Curt

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  5. Quite an operation and fun to visit. We have a few of these in this area and support them when we can. Fresh donuts are a draw, certainly.

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