The time is ripe to hit the farm in Georgia for juicy strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches (not to mention other perks, like pony rides, tractor rides, corn pits, maybe a CSA box program, and inflatables at some spots). While different crops ripen at different times, we’ve picked our favorite farms to take the small set for a day of fresh air, berry-stained fingers, and happy hearts. Read on for more about our favorite fields for strawberry (and other berries!) picking fun.
Photo: Warbington Farms via Facebook
Offering a “Farm Fun Park” that includes a petting zoo, corn crib, inflatable slides, bounce house and playground set, this u-pick has the market cornered on farm fun in Forsyth County. Other perks include live bluegrass music and “hey” rides (pricing for Family Fun Park is $9 per child and $5 for ages 12 years and older, plus tax). Strawberry picking hours will be determined by availability and weather, so check here for current conditions before you go.
5555 Crow Rd.
Photo: Washington Farms via Facebook
At this Watkinsville farm, spring strawberry season begins in mid-April and comes not only with buckets for berry picking, but also four super Saturdays where activities include wagon rides, a petting zoo, a cow train, a corn box, and more. Go later in the summer for blackberries, and pick your pumpkins there in the fall. Just be sure you pick before you play to make sure that the fields don’t get picked out early! Open Monday-Saturdays 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sundays.
5691 Hog Mountain Rd.
Bogart, Ga 30622
Photo: DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm via Facebook
DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm
For a closer-to-town option, DJ’s—located a stone’s throw from the Gwinnett Braves stadium—specializes in blueberries, but they also have Scottish Highland Cows (Coco & Rudolph) and goats on our farm. Please check DJ’s Facebook page daily for hours or call ahead to make sure they are indeed open for the day. Open Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m. until picked out.
1839 Prospect Rd.
Photo: The Rock Ranch via Facebook
The Rock Ranch
Pick your own strawberries or let the folks at the ranch pick them for you during the Annual Strawberry Festival—one day only on April 21. Enjoy the ride-on train, zip lines, paddle boats, and Tiny Town—a kid-sized village complete with stores, streets, and civic buildings—while you’re there, plus visit with Strawberry Shortcake and the Strawberry Princess, shop in our Georgia Grown Country Store, and don’t miss a scoop or two of their famous homemade strawberry ice cream. Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
5020 Barnesville Hwy.
The Rock, Ga
Photo: Moon Farms Country Market
Moon Farms Country Market
At Moon Farms Country Market, you’ll find over 25,000 plants consisting of two different varieties of strawberries— Camarosa and Chandler. Pick-your-own fresh from the farm, or call ahead and place a pre-pick order.
Colbert, Ga 30628
Photo: Southern Belle Farm via flickr
Southern Belle Farm
Head to this 330-acre family farm in McDonough for pick-your-own berries, plus a country market, jumping pillows, a cow train, pedal cars, a hayride, a giant tube slide, and more (all on the weekends). Admission to the farm activities is $8/ person, but the berries are free to pick (you pay for what you pick after you’re finished picking). Monday-Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m.
1658 Turner Church Rd.
Photo: Mercier Orchards via Facebook
This family orchard, now in its 4th generation, begins picking season with strawberries in mid to late August, then offers blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and apples through the summer and into the fall. Go for the u-picks, but stay for the bakery and deli, market store, and now a farm winery and cider house. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., but u-picks are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weather permitting.
8660 Blue Ridge Dr.
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513
Photo: Mitcham Farm via Facebook
This working farm in Oxford, Georgia offers seasonal u-pick patches for strawberries and blueberries in the spring, blackberries in the summer, and pumpkins in the fall. Hours depend on availability of the crop and the weather, so be sure to check this out before you load the car. In addition to the fields, Mitcham Farm also has homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry jam, local honey, frog jam, preserves, salsas, fresh produce (depending on availability) and other specialty items for sale at their Farm Stand, in addition to two family swings, a farm animal viewing area, and a picnic area onsite. Don’t miss the Strawberry Festival on April 28, or go Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., or Sundays from 1-5 p.m. during regular hours. Check their Facebook page for live updates on picking conditions.
797 Macedonia Church Rd.
Oxford, Ga 30054
Photo: Twin Oaks Fun Farm
Twin Oaks Fun Farm
Little pickers love the sweet strawberries and strawberry ice cream at Twin Oaks, and they go bananas—er, berries—over the shady playground. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for you-pick strawberries. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for seasonal announcements.
1946 Johnstonville Rd.
Forsyth, Ga 31029
Photo: Amanda Smith via flickr
Berry Patch Farms
This Cherokee County blueberry patch begins its season in late June or July (depending on the crop) and runs through August offering u-pick throughout the week, while the berries last. Their berries are pesticide-free so your little pickers can enjoy eating them right from the bucket on their ride home. 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.
786 Arnold Mill Rd.
Photo: Heather Sunderland via flickr
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 and hours will vary depending on weather and crop availability, but the picking season typically runs from late June through August. Call ahead to check out the farmer’s forecast for the day.
716 Harrison Mill Rd.
Photo: Jaemor Farm via Facebook
While they only open their farm for strawberry picking one day a year—this year on May 5—the folks at Jaemor Farm know how to throw a party. In addition to picking, the kiddos will go bananas over the hayrides, petting zoo, farm slide, skeeball and duck races, while you can taste a couple of new recipes at the strawberry cook-off and check out the local vendors at the festival portion of the farm. Don’t miss the homemade strawberry milkshakes and fresh milk samples from Mountain Fresh Creamery’s mobile dairy unit.
5340 Cornelia Hwy.
Alto, Ga 30510
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! Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and water!
Let us know where your family goes to u-pick! Any tips for making the trek to these farms?
—Phebe Wahl & Shelley Massey