If you are looking for some fresh-picked family fun, berry picking can’t be beat. April through June are prime strawberry season, while July and August are better for blueberries. With hundreds of u-pick farms in the area, we sorted through this season’s crop and picked our berry favorite spots that offer family-friendly perks like clean potties, playgrounds and even pony rides.
The Rock Ranch
Yes, this oasis of family fun founded by the Chick-fil-A’ family also offers fresh produce Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. U-pick berries are $2 a pound, or buy a pound of pre-picked for just $3 if the kids are already tuckered out from playing in Tiny Town. Don’t miss their annual Strawberry Festival on April 26th that marks the start of strawberry season (or the homemade strawberry ice cream!). Ranch hours vary during the summer so call first if you plan to make a day of it and enjoy all the farm fun.
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock
Southern Belle Farm
Come enjoy Southern Belle’s two acres of strawberry patch Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The price is just $10 a gallon for u-pick or $12 a gallon for pre-picked. They also offer another two acres for blueberries and blackberries but that crop is limited this year so call ahead to check availability. Kids will love the jumping pillow available on the weekends and homemade treats like funnel cakes or strawberry shortcake from the concession stand.
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd., McDonough
Offering a “Farm Fun Park” that includes a petting zoo, inflatable slides, bounce house and playground set—this u-pick has the market cornered on farm fun. Other perks include live bluegrass music and pony rides for just $5. Strawberries are $12 a gallon or $7 for a half-gallon Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 6:00 pm.
Address: 5555 Crow Rd., Cumming
The Berry Barn
Located in Cherokee County, the Morgan family maintains a well-kept farm with plenty of bushes and room for kids to roam. Containers are provided and you can pick up sweet extras like on-site made honey and jam. Call for an appointment to ensure the bushes will be ripe for the picking!
Address: 1310 North Lake Dr., Canton
Berry Patch Farms
Also in Cherokee County, blueberry season at Berry Patch Farms begins in July and runs through August offering u-pick hours from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm throughout the week. Their berries are pesticide-free so your little pickers can enjoy eating them right from the bush. With a playground area for kids to blow off steam before loading back in the car, this family-friendly farm makes the road trip easy as (blueberry) pie.
Address: 786 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock Phone: 770-926-0561
Fleeman’s Blueberry Farm
Fleeman’s offers clean potties, a picnic table under the shade of an old oak and eight varieties of Rabbit-Eye, pesticide-free blueberries perfect for little pickers. Prices are $11 for a gallon of u-pick or $20 a gallon for pre-picked. Fleeman’s is open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 4:00pm to 6:00 pm.
Address: 716 Harrison Mill Rd., Winder
Remember to always call ahead since farm hours and crop availability are constantly in flux. Also note that many farms are cash only so hit the bank before hitting the road!
Let us know where your family goes to u-pick! Any tips for making the trek to these farms?
Photos courtesy of Southern Belle Farm via Facebook, Harry Stacey’s Strawberry Farm via Facebook, Warbington Farms via Facebook, Berry Patch Farms via Facebook and Fleeman’s Blueberry Farm via Facebook