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Vine and Dandy: U-Pick Muscadine & Scuppernong Farms

You might have heard through the grapevine that muscadines are in season. September and October are prime months for picking this southern grape. Muscadines have an intense sweetness like a Concord grape, but yet tougher, plum-like skins and larger seeds. Scuppernongs are a greenish variety of muscadine. Combine the fun of self-serve harvesting with the sweet taste of this Georgia native fruit at these Atlanta-area farms.

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Backyard Figs and Muscadines
As the name implies, Backyard Figs and Muscadines isn’t exactly a farm. It’s more of an acre yard with 3 fig trees, a muscadine vine and a few apple, pecan, and hickory trees that produce more than the family can eat. They don’t use pesticides, and they’re open every day by appointment from 8 am to dark.

455 Railroad Avenue, Flovilla, GA 30216
Cost: $5/gallon
Contact: 770-504-1729 or paulhale@mail.com

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Bank’s Vineyard
Bank’s Vineyard boasts 15 acres with 20 vines of muscadines and scuppernongs. They’re open daily from 9 to 7. You don’t need an appointment, but you may want to call to make sure the fruit is ripe; they generally aren’t ready till September.

290 Banks Road, Fayetteville, GA
Cost: $1.50/pound
Contact: 770-633-9990

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Brown’s Muscadine Farm
If you’re looking for a place to spend all day in the muscadine vineyard, Brown’s is the place to go. Their fields include toilets and picnic tables, so bring a lunch (or at least a sandwich or cheese and crackers to eat along with your grapes) and make a day of it. They use no pesticides, and they’re open from late August through October.

4853 Evans Drive, Union City, GA 30291
Cost: $8/gallon; $1.25/pound
Contact: 770-964-5304

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Dacula Briarpatch
It’s a small homestead farm, but Dacula Briarpatch offers plenty for families, from restrooms and picnic tables to group tours. The main crops are blueberries and blackberries, but fall harvest includes apples and pears as well as muscadines. Your kids will enjoy the $5/person tour, which includes a show-and-tell of nature objects, from deer bones to birds nests.

2503 Cammie Wages Road, Dacula, GA 30019
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: 770-962-4990

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Weaver’s Berryland Farm
Weaver’s grows blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and vegetables as well as muscadines. This family farm gives a glimpse of what farming was like a generation ago, with 50 year old tractors and an historic barn. Your kids will also enjoy chickens and peacocks, as well as the 70 muscadine vines.

2252 Hiway 16 West, Jackson, GA 30233
Cost: $8/gallon
Contact: 770-595-8303

Waits Farm
The farm covers fewer than 5 acres, but Waits Farm packs a lot of grapes in a small space. The farm boasts 220 vines and 12 different kinds of muscadines and scuppernongs. They’ll be ripe from late August to mid-October.

3779 Old Braswell Road, Monroe, GA 30650
Cost: $4.50/gallon
Contact: 770-207-6910

What is your family’s favorite southern delicacy? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Lisa Baker

Photo courtesy of  Paul Hale of Backyard Figs and Muscadines, Creative Commons via Flickr and Bank’s Vineyard via Facebook

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