And for dessert …

Only masochists want to know how their hot dogs are made — but viewing the humble beginnings of, say, apple pie, is still a fairly yuck-free endeavor.

In conjunction with the North Carolina Apple Festival happening in downtown Hendersonville on Labor Day weekend, Apple Wedge Packers & Cider will open its Fall Into Apples Production Tour on Friday, Sept. 3.

The fifth-generation family business has cultivated an open-house event fit for nature types and gearheads alike: Participants can choose either an old-fashioned wagon ride around the award-winning, 150-acre orchard ($5); a tour of the high-tech production line via elevated catwalk ($5); or both ($9). Children 5 and under are admitted free.

“The goal … is to educate folks about the apple industry,” owner Greg Nix noted in a recent press statement. “It is important to me that our rich apple heritage in Henderson County continues.”

Tours run Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-5 p.m., ending Oct. 29. Apple Wedge Packers & Cider is located at 1273 Bearwallow Road, in Hendersonville. See www.applewedge.com, or call 685-8349 for more information.

— Melanie McGee

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