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Berry Picking

Creating New Family Memories

By Erin Stolle May 4, 2017



A popular activity for families during the Spring and Summer months is to pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries right off the vines at local farms. Not only is it fun for kids of all ages, but also is a great way to get a yummy and healthy treat to eat right out of the bucket or use in your favorite recipes!

Following is a list of nearby farms in our area. You can find more information about harvest dates or about pick-your-own farms at www.pickyourown.org. Always make sure to call ahead to confirm your visit, as farms often have to change their schedules depending on the weather and harvest.

Southern Belle Farm: 1658 Turner Church Rd., McDonough, GA 30252; 770-288-2582
Fruit Available: Strawberries, Peaches, Blueberries & Blackberries
Pricing: You-Pick: $12/gallon, plus tax; Pre-Picked: $15/gallon, plus tax
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 6 PM; Sundays 1 - 6 PM (Hours are dependent upon berry availability)
More Information: Spring Weekends Only - Belle’s Barn, Jumping Pillows, Cow Train, Pedal Cars, Hayride, Giant Tube Slide, Rubber Duck Races, SeeSaws, and more are available for all to enjoy.  There is a charge of $8.00 per person to enter the activities area of the farm. There is no admission charge to pick berries- you just pay for the berries you pick. 

Mercier Orchards: 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 30513; 800-361-7731
Fruit Available: Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples
Pricing: $8 for a half gallon and $15 for a gallon
Hours: 7 AM - 6 PM 7 days a week; Strawberry picking should be open during the first or second weekend of May.
More Information: For up-to-the-minute information, check out their Facebook page.

Warbington Farms: 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA 30041; 770-889-1515
Fruit Available: Strawberries
Pricing: You-Pick: $14/gallon; Pre-Picked: $16/gallon
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 2 PM; Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM (Hours are dependent on berry availability.)
More Information: Please check our homepage, Facebook Page or call before heading to farm. We do close the field if we get picked out or because of inclement weather. We will update the homepage, Facebook page, and voicemail if we have to close early. 

Washington Farms - Watkinsville: 5671 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677; 706-769-0627
Fruit Available: Strawberries
Pricing: You-Pick: $12/gallon, plus tax; Pre-Picked: $15/gallon, plus tax
Hours: Open 8 AM - 7 PM Monday - Saturday
More Information: All of our hours are always subject to change due to weather conditions and availability of berries.  It's always best to call the farm or check Facebook before you drive out to make sure we will be picking and have plenty of berries available when you plan to arrive - especially on busy Saturdays. 

Washington Farms - Loganville: 270 Willowwind Dr.,  Loganville, GA 30052; 770-554-8119
Fruit Available: Strawberries
Pricing: You-Pick: $12/gallon, plus tax; Pre-Picked: $15/gallon, plus tax
Hours: Open 8 AM - 7 PM Monday - Saturday
More Information: All of our hours are always subject to change due to weather conditions and availability of berries.  It's always best to call the farm or check Facebook before you drive out to make sure we will be picking and have plenty of berries available when you plan to arrive - especially on busy Saturdays.

Adams Farms1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville, GA 30214; 770-461-9395
Fruit Available: Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries
Pricing: TBD; Cash and Checks Only
Hours: Open 9 AM - 4 PM Monday through Saturday April 1st - mid-July
More Information: Berry fields are well maintained, clean, easily accessible and filled with rows and rows of ready to pick berries. There are always people there to assist with picking so you can locate the biggest, ripest berries in the field.  Two gallon containers are provided for easy picking.  Please provide your own containers to take your berries home. For those who do not desire U-Pic, on most days pre-picked berries are available. 

Berry Patch Farms786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA 30188; 770-926-0561
Fruit Available: Blueberries
Pricing: TBD
Hours: Season tends to run June - July, 8 AM - 9 PM Tuesday through Sunday
More Information: Our farm is a great place for your family to enjoy a picnic and hayride, or a visit to the barn yard! Our blueberries are never sprayed with pesticides, so feel free to eat them right off the bushes! Blueberries can be frozen for your blueberry muffins, pancakes and desserts all year long. Click on our recipe section for some ideas.

DJ's U-Pick Blueberry Farm1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043; 678-442-7853
Fruit Available: Blueberries
Pricing: $16/gallon, Cash or check
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8 AM - ? (Hours are based upon availability. Please call to make sure we are open as we sometimes have to close for a day or two to allow our crop to replenish.)
More Information: All of our berries are sold by the gallon and we supply 1-gallon containers to use in the fields. However, we encourage you to bring large containers or boxes to carry your berries home in. Opening date expected to be around mid-June. Check website and Facebook for hours as it depends on the volume of pickers we get at one time.

Blueberry Garden5475 Crow Road, Cumming, GA 30041; 770-889-2519
Fruit Available: Blueberries
Pricing: TBD
Hours: Open Mid-June through August. Closed on Sundays
More Information: We are a U-Pick Blueberry Farm open to the public every year from mid June to August on Friday & Saturday for berry picking. (By appointment Monday - Thursday) and throughout the year for plant sales. We also offer Pre-Picked berries, (Please call 2 hours a head for each gallon). No Pesticides or Herbicides used. We are using organic practices to grow the best blueberries possible.

Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm: 38 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle, GA 30025; 678-353-4839
Fruit Available: Blueberries
Pricing: You-Pick: $1.85 per pound; Pre-Picked: $23/gallon
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from Daylight  - 2 PM
More Information: Blueberry Gardens is a 5-acre blueberry farm 50 miles north of Atlanta Ga. just off of Ga. 400. We are a U-Pick Blueberry Farm open to the public every year from mid June to August on Saturday for berry picking.(by appointment Mon - Fri.) and throughout the year for plant sales. Always Closed on Sundays. Always confirm berries are available before making the trip to the farm. We also offer Pre-Picked berries, (Please call 2 hours ahead for each gallon). No Pesticides or Herbicides used. We are using organic practices to grow the best blueberries possible.

Harry Stacy's Strawberry Farms: 623 Poplar Road, Dallas, GA 30157; 770-­443-­0292
Fruit Available: None
Pricing: NA
Hours: NA
More Information: There will not be a strawberry crop this year due to lack of rain last year. 


GEORGIA HARVEST DATES:

Apples - July 25-November 21
Blackberries - End of May - June
Blueberries - June 1 - August 1
Raspberries - Mid-May - Mid-June
Sweet Corn -May 15-July 1
Peaches - May 8-August 25
Pumpkins - September 15-November 15
Strawberries - Mid-April - June
Watermelons - June 25-September 1