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In memory of Grandma Mercier of Mercier Orchards

Adele Mercier, courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Adele Mercier, courtesy of Mercier Orchards

As we head into apple season, you may be considering a drive to the mountains to pick your own. For many of us, that means planning a trip to Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge.

If you make the annual pilgrimage to pick apples at Mercier, there will be one less familiar face this year. Earlier this week, Adele Mercier, co-founder and matriarch of the orchard passed away in her home on the farm. She was 95.

Mercier opened the business in 1943 with her husband Bill, who preceded her in death in 2007. Mercier Orchards continues to be run by family, with four generations of the family at work.

In its 70th year, Mercier Orchards now grows 40 varieties of apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, plums and cherries. In addition to the U-pick fruit, most people who have stopped in the farm store will recall the fried pies, which lend their aroma to the entire store.

Mercier operations manager Rob Kaser credits the Merciers with creating “a great tradition in Blue Ridge.” He says, “Heaven just received a special delivery of a ring-packed basket of apples brought by Mrs. Adele Mercier.”

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at the Akins Funeral Home in Blue Ridge.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

17 comments Add your comment

Grasshopper

August 21st, 2013
1:19 pm

Very nice Jenny. 70 years of apple-picking; there are worse ways to live. She reminds me of my dear mom. Condolences to her family.

z

August 21st, 2013
1:47 pm

Was there this past weekend, not big on being a volunteer migrant, but the pies are good.

Cindy

August 21st, 2013
2:09 pm

Aunt Adele will be missed. She was such a sweet lady. I remember her from my childhood. She was the last of her siblings left, and I remember her fondly.

ET

August 21st, 2013
9:27 pm

There will not be another like her. Both Adele and Bill were about the nicest people anyone could ever hope to meet. We’ll all miss seeing her at the Apple House. What a terrific Lady.

Baltisraul......

August 22nd, 2013
7:34 am

I did not know this grand lady but I do know there are not enough like her and her husband any longer. So many make fun of the ‘good ole days’ and their stand up people. Don’t count me as one of them.

Margie - Bent Tree, Jasper, GA

August 22nd, 2013
12:09 pm

Took my granddaughters strawberry picking in June and we were fortunate enough to have the wagon stop to pick up Adele for her daily ride from her house to the store. She was such a delight and obviously enjoyed sharing stories of her journey to make Mercier’s what it is today. They were quite smitten with her.
It was a little blessing we received that day when she touched our lives!

SuzB

August 22nd, 2013
2:44 pm

We go to Merciers two or three times a season to pick apples. Do we save money getting our apples this way? Not a chance. Its the experience that makes it more than worth the while. We’ll be back up there in the next month and will miss seeing Ms. Adele around the register. She and BIll made something special in their corner of the world and we have always appreciated that the family is continuing to share and growing the magic of Merciers.

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Dan Stanley

August 22nd, 2013
3:45 pm

She was a very sweet and dear lady I will miss her very much God bless you Adele

FCM

August 22nd, 2013
3:48 pm

Just found the Mercier Orchard this past spring. Did U Pick Strawberries, Cherries, and Blueberries. Had a few fried pies too. All of the people up there are so very nice.

The farm is now run by her children, grand-children, and I think I read her great-grandchilden (is that right?). Super nice family. She did a great job raising them and letting others come pick on her land. I thank her for that.

Her legacy goes beyond her Orchard to all those that get to make great memories with their familes (my 2 daughters love the Orchard).

She will certainly be missed.

Adele certainly raised

Anthony E. Vereen

August 22nd, 2013
4:15 pm

She will be missed dearly , it has been a great pleasure and honor to have known her and to have worked for her and her family , and to all of the great people that work there ! I miss all you guys , I also miss hearing all her wonderful stories about the Orchard , And seeing her strolling through the kitchen looking for something to eat and to say hi , or just to chat and fuss alittle bit about this and that , I will definately miss her , May you R.I.P. Miss Adele :)

Kim Davenport

August 22nd, 2013
4:40 pm

We have been coming up to Blue Ridge for three years before moving up here full time a few weeks ago. We loved having conversations with Mrs. M and she will be missed. We are blessed to have known her.

Karen

August 22nd, 2013
5:00 pm

What a wonderful lady with such a lasting legacy. May she rest in peace.

I found Mercier’s Orchard when I lived in North Georgia. They are simply the best apples you can get. I remember when it was just the front room with big baskets of apples, far cry from what it is today. I heard there 2-3 times a season and would go more if possible. I just love that place and what they sell. Everything is fresh and of good quality. Looking forward to many visits in the future.

Vicki Kearce

August 22nd, 2013
5:43 pm

First learned of Meciers in the 90’s. Such nice people and the best apples in the Mountains of No, Ga. But what made them even better was the people who founded the place. God bless the family. It was so sweet to see Miss Adele in action. She was precious. We lived in Blueridge 2 years and move away and have been back every year since to buy apples and see Merciers. It is such a joy to go every year and we are planning on retiring there next year. Won’t be the same without her. Prayers to all who loved her.

K

August 22nd, 2013
7:43 pm

Mercier is a magical place. The people, the food, the love you feel when you walk in the door can’t be explained – you just have to go. The recipe for the pie crust in the fried pies is Mrs. Mercier’s and they are THE BEST fried pies anywhere!! I will be forever grateful for what the Mercier’s have brought to my life.

Debbie

August 22nd, 2013
11:18 pm

I know I must have spoken to Miss Adel sometime in the past 20 years+ that I have been going to Mercier’s. I have taken my own parents and many friends there to pick apples, and experience what they offer through out the year. We have been able to make great memories over the years, Thank you, for being able to bring my grandkids and let them experience the bakery, wagon rides out to the orchards, the history behind the business and all that you offered. Prayers to the family.

Steve & Deborah Rockwell

August 25th, 2013
8:30 pm

We haven’t been there much, but Martha Rockwell tells us about Adele and Bill selling apples from their carport when starting out. After we moved to Florida and came back for summer vacation, the fresh apple juice in the glass jugs sitting on the floorboard of the un-airconditioned ‘63 stationwagon had fermented due to the south Georgia heat on the drive back home. You guess Adele and Bill are setting up shop in Heaven?