Alexander County is well known for its apple orchards and farms. Our State magazine’s May 2017 issue contained an article entitled “Forever Farms,” which featured multi-generational farms from across the state, including Sugarloaf Orchards in Alexander County.
Here is the transcript of the portion of the article that included the local orchard and apple house:
“Sugarloaf Orchards is a Century Farm that dates back to the early 1800s. Brothers Bobby and Bryant Lowe are the fourth generation in their family to own the 281 acres of apple, peach, and pear trees located in Sugarloaf Township, outside of Taylorsville and just shy of Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area. “My grandfather grew a lot of apples, and so did my dad. It’s just been a family tradition,” Bobby says. “We’re still hanging on. There’s not a lot of apple growers left in the county.” In the mid-1970s, Sugarloaf Orchards bought the apple house and built it up. Today, it serves as a general store, where the orchard sells cider and locally made jams, honey, and country ham.”
You can access the article online at www.ourstate.com/family-farms-that-stand-the-test-of-time/.
Sugarloaf Orchards’ apple house is open seven (7) days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They offer top-quality Apples, Peaches, Asian Pears, Cherries, and Plums, as well as a wide selection of Amish-made Jams from the Dutch Kettle in Hamptonville, NC. They also have honey (local when available), molasses, pickled eggs, sauerkraut, pickled beets, and many more canned items. They carry Foothills Country Ham and Cheeses from Jonesville, NC. And, they sell corn meal, grits, and pancake mix from Linney’s Mill right here in Alexander County.