2021 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! Even this year, when it seems like everything has changed because of COVID-19, you can still get freshly picked, locally grown berries!
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
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 8 am - 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 6 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, note the activities side of the farm is not open because of COVID-19. And be sure to save room to sample Southern Belle's famous homemade ice cream and other baked goods at the Country Market.
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
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: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock
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
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 2021 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: 1067 Robert Hill Rd., Midway
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
In the summer, besides blueberries, you can pick muscadine and scuppernong grapes, cooking pears and Japanese persimmons at Brewer's Christmas Tree and Blueberry Farm. Blueberries are usually available beginning in mid-June and go through July. Price is $1.50 per quart. Their farm of 2,500 blueberries, 2,000 blackberries, and 16 mulberry trees are no-spray. There are no agri-tourism offerings…no jump houses or pony rides…this is a great place for serious pickers or families who want to understand what berry farming really is.
Address: 810 Stevens Grove Church Rd., Lexington
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 2021. 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: 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville
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. Cash or check only.
Address: 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder
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: 7633 Forrest Rd., Grantville
Pick your own blueberries July until October. Seven days a week 8 am - 6 pm. Since this farm doesn’t have much of a web presence, you can contact the owner for more information by emailing Phillip Dow at email@example.com or calling 678-416-3955.
Address: 5641 Union Rd., Tifton
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. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge
When to Visit: Open 7 days a week. 7 am - 6 pm
Mercier is not just for apple picking; we love their blueberries, too. U-pick is currently not available yet, due to COVID-19 precautions — but they do 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
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
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
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
When to Visit: 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
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
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.
Address: 5671 Hog Mountain Road (Hwy.53), Watkinsville
You can pick your own blueberries at Washington Farms in Watkinsville! They’re usually open 8 am - 1 pm, Monday-Saturday, but there’s always a chance that they may get “picked out” of berries early, or have to close due to weather. It’s always best to call the farm before you drive out! Their season usually begins in June. You may pick in your own Washington Farms gallon bucket, or they will provide buckets for you to pick in. You may keep that picking bucket for an additional $1.00, or you may transfer your berries into a container you bring from home. Pick-your-own-blueberries are $14 per gallon. They also offer kettle corn and homemade ice cream at the farm.
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.
Blueberry French Toast Sandwich: This is a stuffed French toast that actually stays crisp. Super easy.