Apples at Mercier Orchards

Apples at Mercier Orchards

Take a Georgia Food Tour

Get to the root of top-quality Georgia-grown ingredients with food and farm tours 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.
A selection of honey available on the Clinch County Honey Trail

Clinch County Honey Trail

Shop along the Clinch County Honey Trail for a variety of natural, sweet, bee-made treats. The trail is comprised of seven 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.

Georgia Olive Farms

Georgia Olive Farms

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.

Horse Creek Winery in Nashville, Georgia

Horse Creek Winery

Forty acres of muscadine grapes grow at Horse Creek Winery in Nashville, Georgia. Stop in to see the vines or for a winery tour and tasting any Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. and Friday 1-8 p.m.

Peaches in the orchard at Jaemor Farms in Alto

Jaemor Farms

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.

Lady Jane Shrimp Boat

Lady Jane Shrimpin' Excursions

Board a Lady Jane Shrimpin' Excursion 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.

Lane Southern Orchards

Lane Southern Orchards

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).

Picking strawberries at Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards

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.

Ice cream at Mountain Fresh Creamery

Mountain Fresh Creamery

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.

Quail Country Plantation in Arlington, Georgia

Quail Country Plantation

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.

White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia

White Oak Pastures

Cattle have roamed the grassy fields at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, 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 through Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dinner Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Published: January 2019