Georgia is the No. 1 state in blueberry production. Photo: Chris Hunt Photography
Photo: Chris Hunt
Photo: Chris Hunt

Berries (and some peaches) available for picking at local farms

Going to a farm and picking produce or fruit right from the vine or branch is a wonderful family outing, especially in these days of social distancing. Georgia farms offer plenty of opportunities to get out in the sun, work the fields and come home with baskets brimming with fruit, vegetables and nuts. It’s a true farm-to-table experience. Many of the farms offer even more of an experience with petting zoos, rides and stores to purchase homemade pies and jellies.

Here are several local farms that invite you into their fields. It is advised to call ahead to see what produce is available for picking. Peach season starts in early June and continues through the summer but some of the farms have sold all their peaches. Also, be sure to check about their social distancing policy; many are limiting the number of people in their stores, for instance.

It can take 35-50 minutes to pick enough blueberries to fill a gallon bucket. 
Photo: It can take 35-50 minutes to pick enough blueberries to fill a gallon bucket. Photo: Jenny Turknett

Southern Belle Farm is a 330-acre working farm where strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are available for picking while supplies last. Its U-Pick peach orchard, which features 10 varieties, occasionally will close to allow them to ripen. The farm, located in McDonough, has a no bag policy and provides containers. The U-pick peaches are $14 for half a peck; $22 for a full peck. The two-acre blueberry patch offers a variety of blueberries and costs $6 a pint; $9 a quart and $18 a gallon. The farm also has several varieties of thornless blackberries. U-pick blackberries are $6 pint; $9 quart and $18 a gallon. Pre-picked options are also available in the store. Be sure to visit Belle’s Barn, which is home to chickens, donkeys, cows and calves, goats and horses. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1658 Turner Church Road, McDonough. 770-288-2582, southernbellefarm.com.

MORE ON AJC.COM: 7 beginner-friendly hikes to check out this summer in Georgia

Berry Good Farms offers a variety of chemical-free and organically grown fruits, vegetables and berries. Currently, just blackberries and blueberries are available for picking. Only two persons are allowed in the store at one time. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 930 William Gibbs Road, Tifton. 229-821-0746, berrygoodfarms.com.

Green Acres Farm still has peaches available for picking from its 2,500 trees, as well as blueberries and blackberries. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Free. 952 Empire Chester Highway, Cochran. 478-230-4124, tsfgreeneacres.com.

Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge is open on Saturday and Sunday for blueberry picking. However, they strongly suggest calling before visiting to ensure they still have enough berries. They also offer tractor rides to the orchard but are now limiting the number of persons on the ride. Masks are strongly suggested. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per half gallon. $5 tractor ride. 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge. 706-632-3411, mercier-orchards.com.

Photo: The original apple house built in 1925 sits at the top of the you-pick orchard at Mercier Orchards on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Blue Ridge. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Whitley Farms is offering strawberries and blueberries for picking; as their voice recording notes, it is the end of strawberry season, so the strawberries may be “few and far between,” and since it’s the start of blueberry season, they are “everywhere.” The Sharpsburg farm also offers homemade jams and honey. Don’t miss Curly, the bull. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 917 Bob Smith Road, Sharpsburg. 678-300-9443, facebook.com/whitleyfarmsstrawberries.

Sugar Hill Berry Farm is open for peach picking on the weekends. The family-owned farm also harvests and sells local honey as well as blueberries and muscadines. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. 6646 Jake Kemp Road, Murrayville.

770-540-6952, facebook.com/SUGARHILLBERRYFARM.

Photo: There are baskets full of picked peaches at Sugar Hill Berry Farm. Contributed by Sugar Hill Berry Farm.

Fleeman’s U-Pick Blueberry farm offers five varieties of blueberries. Although they are not offering blackberries for picking, they are selling them at $5 a quart. Social distancing is mandatory, and if someone is feeling ill, they are asked not to come. 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday $15 per gallon. 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder. 678-863-1765.

Adams Farm still has blueberries (Tiftblue, Premier and Brightwell varieties) and blackberries for picking They are practicing social distancing in the fields. Containers are provided. In addition, the Fayetteville farm has a variety of fruits and vegetables including peaches, peppers, pole beans, zucchini, turnip greens and squash available for purchase in its store. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. 770-461-9395, adamsfarmfayettevillega.com.

Photo: D.J. Shaw picks blueberries at Adams Farms in Fayetteville on Friday, June 15, 2012. Contributed: Jonathan Phillips Special

Mitcham Farm and its u-pick fields are open, but there is a limited amount of strawberries and blueberries, so the Oxford family farms suggest calling to ensure they are not closed due to weather or lack of fruit. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Blueberries: $8 quart; blackberries: $6 pint. 797 Macedonia Church Road, Oxford. 770-855-1530, mitchamfarm.com.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

X