Apples at Mercier Orchards
Take a Georgia Food Tour
Get to the root of Georgia's top-quality ingredients with agritourism opportunities across the state.
Georgia is famous for traditional Southern fare like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, Brunswick stew and fried green tomatoes. But that hearty cuisine shares the plate with contemporary creations and countless temptations with international flair.
One thing the best menus have in common is an abundance of Georgia-grown goodness. You can get to the root of Georgia’s top-quality ingredients with agritourism opportunities across the state, including these perennial favorites:
- Shop along the Clinch County Honey Trail for a variety of natural, sweet, bee-made treats. The trail is comprised of eight stops, including several shops that sell different types of honey, from wildflower to tupelo, and hard-to-find products like whipped honey and raw honeycombs.
- Come face to face with a jersey cow at Flat Creek Lodge Fishing and Hunting Resort and Spa in Swainsboro. The on-site dairy produces award-winning artisanal cheeses from its herd of 60 cows. Open year-round.
- In 2011, Georgia Olive Farms harvested the first crop of olives grown east of the Mississippi in more than 150 years from its orchards near Lakeland. Tours and tastings are offered year ’round by appointment only.
- Forty acres of muscadine grapes grow at Horse Creek Winery in Nashville. Stop in to see the vines or for a winery tour and tasting any Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m.
- Jaemor Farms operates a market where you can stock up on seasonal produce as well as preserves, ciders, sauces, marinades and more. The farm in Alto also hosts a corn maze (September-November) and various special events, including cooking classes, date nights, peach and strawberry festivals, hayrides and more.
- Board a Lady Jane Shrimpin Ecological Tours in Brunswick and help the crew net and sort the catch of wild Georgia shrimp, sand shark, horseshoe crab, puffer fish, blue crab, skate and more from the waters of St. Simons Sound. Tours take place on Saturdays all year, and other days seasonally.
- Peaches are seasonal (May-August), but tasty treats and tours are available year-round at Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley. The market sells a range of Georgia-grown produce and products. Take a farm tour (May-August), see the packing facility (June-July), and navigate the corn maze and take a hayride (October).
- Pick your own fruit at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge. The state’s largest apple orchard also grows cherries, blueberries, strawberries and more. Pick apples on weekends August-October, but note availability of all crops varies by season.
- See how milk, butter and ice cream are made at Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont. Tours showcase the final stages of production, including the pasteurization process and packaging. Open daily except holidays.
- Hunt for quail, deer, dove, turkey and pheasant at Quail Country Plantation in Arlington (October-March). This lodge in the heart of the world’s quail-hunting capital offers cozy accommodations and scrumptious meals. A valid Georgia hunting license is required.
- Sip craft beer and get a behind-the-scenes peek at how it’s produced at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Complimentary tours and tastings are offered Wednesday-Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older.
- Cattle have roamed the grassy fields at White Oak Pastures since 1866. These days, the Harris family raises and processes grass-fed cattle, sheep, goat, pastured chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea hens and hogs using the Serengeti Rotational Grazing Model. Call ahead to visit for a tour, or enjoy a meal at the restaurant serving lunch Monday-Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dinner Friday-Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.