2022 Juicy Blueberry Picking in Georgia: 17+ Delicious U-Pick Farms
When it gets hotter than Hades outside, you know it's time to go blueberry picking, Georgia! It's time to get freshly picked, locally grown berries! You may be asking: Is there a blueberry farm near me? Short answer: YES!
There's nothing better than freshly picked berries - just ask my son. This year I'm not taking my oldest because after an hour of picking tiny balls of fruit in the hot sun, I went to see how many he had in his bucket. None! Nada. Zilch. Zero. Then he wanted to eat the ones I picked on the way home! No way, buddy.
Guide to Blueberry Picking in Georgia
Although it's more work and a bit hotter to go blueberry picking in Atlanta (vs. say strawberries or apples), we still love to go. The best time to go blueberry picking in Georgia is mid June through early August, but weather has a lot to do with when the berries are ripe enough to pick. Some of the blueberry farms in south Georgia open earlier - think mid-April.
ALWAYS call before you head out, especially during these times, to ensure picking conditions are optimal and the patch is open. Oftentimes, a blueberry farm will close for a few days to allow more crop to flourish, and hours may vary now due to social distancing.
Wondering where is the best blueberry picking near me? We have uncovered 17+ U-pick blueberry farms to try.
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough Phone: 770-288-2582 When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm Note: Last entry to the U-pick patch is at 4 pm.
Georgia grows more blueberries than any other state in the nation (we recently passed Michigan for the honor). At Southern Belle Farm, blueberries are in season from late May until early June. They have more than 700 bushes with six different varieties of sweet plump blueberries, so no matter when you go, chances are you'll find some yummy little bonnets to take home. (And if you don't want to pick, they have pre-picked bites of heaven in the Country Market.)
For true Georgia blueberries, you might want to try the Titan or Ochlocknee varieties. These were developed by the University of Georgia and can be found among the many bushes at Southern Belle. All we can say is DE.LI.CIOUS. If you can get any home, try them plain over hot pancakes for a healthy alternative to maple syrup.
If you are a fan of Southern Belle Farm, be sure to save room to sample Southern Belle's famous homemade ice cream and other baked goods at the Country Market/Farm Stand.
If you can't make it by in-season, you can still pick up some blueberry treats in the fall like blueberry fried pies (ALWAYS a favorite). And no matter when you visit, you'll find blueberry jams, jellies and cider.
See this post on Southern Belle Farm for more seasonal fun on the farm. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page, too, for the latest incredible family fun activities this pick-your-own farm offers.
Address: 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville Phone: 770-461-9395 When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Blueberries are the newest addition to the U-pick options at Adams Farm in Fayetteville. Here, the fields are netted so that birds don't consume more berries than the customers. Containers are provided.
They offer Tiftblue, Premier, and Brightwell varieties in the summer. They also have a market with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Address: 27759 Hwy. 85, Senoia Phone: 609-932-8112 or 734-730-0395
Pick your own blueberries June to August. Open Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check their Facebook page and website for updates. This farm is veteran-owned and -operated.
Address: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock Phone: 770-926-0561 When to Visit: Varies
Grab a bucket and get to picking some of the best blueberries in Georgia at Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock. Berry Patch Farms says they never use pesticides on their blueberries, so they’re safe enough to eat right off the bushes!
Address: 1363 Highway 151, LaFayette Phone: 706-638-0908 When to Visit: Open every day except Wednesday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
This farm is dedicated to all things blueberries! The Blueberry Farm in LaFayette expects their 2022 blueberry-picking season to begin in July. Their berries are sold by the gallon, and the farm provides containers to use in the fields, but you should bring a container or box to carry your berries home. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updated information before you. Also, you can order and pay online, for a quick pick-up.
Address: 810 Stevens Grove Church Rd., Lexington Phone: 706-201-5553 When to Visit: Wednesday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Insider Tip: Blueberries, blackberries and mulberries can be found at Buffalo Creek Berry Farm near Athens. Plus, look for u-pick tomatoes, garlic and honey.
In 2020, they introduced berry picking reservations due to COVID-19, and it looks like they’re going to continue that reservation system in 2022. Reservations should open up in mid-March.
The farm is also home to a fun glamping experience…we stayed overnight on the blueberry farm in a canvas tent…had dinner with the owners…and loved exploring the area. See more about our Overnight at Buffalo Creek Berry Farm.
Address: 1251 Old Mill Rd., Rutledge Phone: 706-318-9462 When to Visit: Mid-June to mid-July; Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Check Facebook for updates.
CJ Orchards grows a variety of produce, including, you guessed it, blueberries! You can either buy them already picked, or you can pick your own. Farmer’s tip: blueberries do not ripen after they are picked.
Address: 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville Phone: 706-535-7350
Cool Springs Blueberry Farm is a country oasis nestled on five acres in Gainesville, located in northeast Georgia home to hundreds of blueberry bushes that provide the most perfect blueberries around. Their you-pick blueberry season typically runs from late June to mid-August.
Address: 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville Phone: 678-442-7853
DJ’s U-pick Blueberry Farm is a locally run U-pick blueberry farm in Lawrenceville. All of their berries are sold by the gallon, and they supply 1-gallon containers for you to use in the field, as well as a bag for you to take the berries home in.
Blueberry season usually beings here in June. Please check their Facebook page for updated info. They provide your buckets and bags to take the blueberries home. Note: Cash or check only.
Address: 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder Phone: 770-867-3420
Fleeman's U-Pick Blueberries in Winder has blueberries and blackberries for both U-pick and pick-up. Their blueberry-picking season usually begins in mid-June.
Their U-pick blueberries are $15 a gallon — they provide the bucket with a liner for you to use. The removable liner will allow you to transport your berries home. The blackberries are all pre-picked for you.
Please call ahead before heading out! Some days they may need to close early if they get picked out or if they need to close to allow for ripening.
Address: 1112 Cliff Dawson Road, Watkinsville Phone: 706-705-6132
Not only can you enjoy picking blueberries here, you'll enjoy food trucks, music and outdoor activities for the whole family. Visit daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in June and July. Check Facebook before your trip to be sure you can pick that day.
Bring your own bucket, or pick up a souvenir bucket for $2. Pick as many as you'd like for $3.50 a pound, or buy some already picked for $6 a pound.
A portion of the farm's proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations, and you can round up your total to contribute to the causes. Best of all, the farm is the official berry provider to the American Black Bears that live nearby at Bear Hollow Zoo, and you can donate some berries to the bears at checkout!
Address: 1861 Bramlett Road, Greensboro Phone: 770-403-7018
Visit this family-owned and -operated farm for certified naturally grown blueberries grown without pesticides. Take your pick from the farm's six varieties of blueberries, four types of muscadine grapes and blackberries. Pick your own blueberries and blackberries late May through mid-July, and return for muscadines mid-August through mid-September.
Address: 5641 Union Rd., Tifton Phone: 229-386-5111
Rutland Farms in Tifton has all the summer U-picks you could ask for — including blueberries! Their blueberry season usually begins in April and runs through June — but their dates are weather-dependent, of course. They’ve also got other fruits and vegetables for sale, so you can pick up some okra, onions, corn, tomatoes, and more while you’re there. This is one farm that's full of family fun, so it's a great place to stop on your way down to Florida. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge Phone: 706-632-3411 When to Visit: Open 7 days a week. 9 am - 5 pm
Mercier is not just for apple picking; we love their summer berries, too! U-pick is currently available, subject to availability, and they have produce available in their market and at their bakery. Their season for blueberries usually begins in June. You can also get your order curbside. Note: All guests are required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before going into the market. The cafe is take-out only.
Address: 1371 Union Church Rd., Watkinsville Phone: 706-765-3076
With eight varieties of irrigated blueberries at $2.25 a pound, Miller Blueberry Farm near Athens is a great place for your family to pick their fill. Miller Blueberry Farm is a certified bee-friendly farm, with no pesticide used on the berries. The farm is open from mid-June to mid-August, and opens at 7:30 a.m. Their closing times vary depending on weather and crop conditions — but they keep a calendar updated on their website and update Facebook. They’re closed on Sundays and Mondays. Buckets with liners provided for picking — the liner can be removed so you can transport your berries home. Checks, cash, and Venmo accepted.
Address: 762 Pine Dr., Woodbine Phone: 912-577-7123
This organic blueberry farm is located just 40 minutes north of Jacksonville, Florida, and 30 minutes from Brunswick, making it a great place to stop during a road trip. Their blueberry picking season begins in mid-April and runs through July. The farm is open Thursday-Saturday 9-5 for all of your organic produce needs. Their blueberries are $4.75 per pound. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Address: 702 Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale Phone: 912-748-3035
Ottawa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned farm near Savannah. U-pick strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are available in the spring and summer months, with blueberry season usually starting up in June. They also sell other produce and their own honey. They update their Facebook page regularly during blueberry season, so it’s best to check there before you head out for crop updates.
Address: 5517 Clarksbridge Road, Clermont Phone: 678-316-3598
Roberts Family Blueberry Farm offers organically grown blueberries near Gainesville. In addition to U-pick berries, the farm also offers a selection of syrups, soaps and more made from their blueberries. They offer a lot of fresh, organically-grown vegetables too — and update their Facebook page regularly with updates.
Address: 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton Phone: 770-777-5875
Scottsdale Farms in Milton is located on 65 acres in north Fulton County. Here, you’ll find a landscaping center, cafe, and store that’s open Monday through Saturday. In the summer, they have blueberries! They announce their events and U-pick dates on their Facebook page, so that’s the best place to check for updates.
Address: 1608 Burning Bush Rd., Ringgold Phone: 706-866-4062
Sims Farm will not offer U-Pick this year, but you can order them and pick them up from their farm curbside. Follow them on Facebook to get daily updates on availability and hours.
How to Care for your U-Pick Blueberries
I always thought you kept U-pick berries (or even store-bought ones) fresh by not washing them until you were ready to eat them. I did a little research for this article and found out there is a secret ingredient to keep them fresh longer: vinegar. Sounds weird but it makes sense, and every article I read said the berries don’t taste like vinegar afterwards. Here’s what I found.
Apparently it isn't just moisture that shortens the shelf life of berries, but mold. You know how you always find that one berry at the bottom that’s a little fuzzy. Well you want to kill that mold, and a vinegar bath is the way to do it.
Put 3 cups cold water to 1 cup of white vinegar in a large bowl or salad spinner.
Swish the berries around for about a minute.
Drain the solution and run the berries under water until the aroma of the vinegar is gone.
Spread the berries out on a paper towel and dry.
Spread a breathable container with paper towels (if you have those plastic clam containers berries usually come in at store, use those) and put the berries in the container. If you don’t have the clam containers, you can use Tupperware, but just leave the top open so air can circulate.
Blueberry Recipes Using U-Pick Blueberries
The blueberries are so tasty, I can't help but eat them almost immediately. I would say I'd make blueberry pancakes or muffins or some fabulous blueberry tart, but we can't keep them around that long!
If you don't eat all the blueberries you've picked, there are some delicious recipes out there, including these wonderful ideas on what to do with all those blueberries.
Blueberry Lemon Whoopie Pies: What’s more Southern than a whoopie pie. These treats would be perfect for a July 4th party or fun dessert that kids and adults would enjoy after a casual backyard BBQ.