Autumn in the mountains (and a lot of other places) means shoppers flock to apple orchards. And even in today’s depressed retail environment, this past weekend turned out a packed house at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Ga., where I live.
The parking lot was so full there were little traffic jams occurring every time somebody tried to pull into or out of a space. And the lines at the registers inside snaked through the store.
For the entire time I was there (a couple of hours), the bakery line never let up. Likewise for the line to buy sandwiches and salads.
And the queues of people waiting to pay for apples, cider and gifts from the main store was startling, beginning at the cash wrap and continuing well into the next room back. That apple orchard was rockin’.
So, pick up your apple cider and drink a little toast to intrepid consumers who — despite the lousy economy — took a chance on fall festivities to spend a little money and have a lot of fun.
Despite predictions, perhaps something similar will happen around December. We may as well hope for the best since we’ve been told to expect nearly the worst.