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Juicy Blueberry Picking in Georgia: 20 Delicious U-Pick Farms

When it gets hotter than hades outside, you know it's time to go blueberry picking, Georgia! 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 is late June through July, but weather has a lot to do with when the berries are ripe enough to pick. ALWAYS call before you head out to ensure picking conditions are optimal, and that the patch is open; often times a blueberry farm will close for a few days to allow more crop to flourish. Wondering where is the best blueberry picking near me? We have uncovered 20 u-pick blueberry farms to try.

Pint of blueberries at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia
Pint of blueberries at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia

Southern Belle Farm

Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough
Phone: 770-288-2582
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 8 am - 6pm; 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.LIC.OUS. 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 during blueberry season, however the kids (and kids at heart) can visit the animal barn. 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.

Fruit at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia
Fruit at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia

Adams Farm

Address: 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville
Phone: 770-461-9395
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Berry Patch Farms

Address: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock
Phone: 770-926-0561
When to Visit: Tuesday through Saturday 8 am - 9 pm
Insider Info: People always ask me about pesticides at Upick farms. Berry Patch Farms blueberries are never sprayed with pesticides. So feel free to eat them right off the bushes!

Black Mountain Blueberry Farm

Address: 1455 Black Mountain Road, Dahlonega
Phone: 706-867-6426
When to Visit: Contact them for hours.
More Info: Make it a weekend of fun by checking out these other fun things to do in Dahlonega.

The Blueberry Farm

Address: 1363 Highway 151, LaFayette
Phone: 706-638-0908
When to Visit: Thursday through Monday 7 am - 9 pm
Insider Tip: If you don't want the hassle, you can order and pay online, and just run in for a quick pick-up.

Brewer's Christmas Tree & Blueberry Farm in Midway, Georgia
Brewer's Christmas Tree & Blueberry Farm in Midway, Georgia

Brewer's Christmas Tree-Blueberry Farm

Address: 1067 Robert Hill Rd., Midway
Phone: 912-884-5292
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 7 am - 7 pm
Insider Tip: In the summer, besides blueberries, you can pick muscadine and scuppernong grapes, cooking pears and Japanese persimmons. During the holidays, return to the farm to cut your own Christmas tree!

DJ's U-Pick Blueberry Farm

Address: 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville
Phone: 678-442-7853
When to Visit: Monday to Saturday 8 am - ??

Fleeman's U-Pick Blueberries

Address: 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder
Phone: 770-867-3420
Insider Tip: Bring your own containers to take home your berries. Note Fleeman's is open on select Sundays, but you may want to call before you go to make sure they are open on the Sunday you want to go.

Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm

Address: 38 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle
Phone: 770-464-2412
When to Visit: Call for hours and availability.

Lone Oak Farms

Address: 7633 Forrest Rd., Grantville
Phone: 678-416-3955
When to Visit: Pick your own blueberries July until October. Seven days a week 8 am - 6pm.

The Market at Rutland Farms

Address: 5641 Union Rd., Tifton
Phone: 229-386-5111
When to Visit: Pick blueberries April through June. Monday through Saturday 9 am - 6 pm.

Mercier Orchards

Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge
Phone: 706-632-3411
When to Visit: Open 7 days a week. 7 am - 6 pm
Insider Tip: Mercier is not just for apple picking; we love their blueberries, too. Go early and have breakfast before picking!

Miller's Blueberry Farm

Address: 1371 Union Church Rd., Watkinsville
Phone: 706-765-3076
When to Visit: Open mid-June to mid-August; Tuesday 7:30 am – 7:30 pm, Wednesday 7:30 am – noon, Thursday – Saturday 7:30 am – 7:30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Morning Belle Farms

Address: 762 Pine Dr., Woodbine
Phone: 912-577-7123
When to Visit: April until July. Closed Sunday. Check Facebook for most recent updates.
Insider Tip: Morning Belle grows organic blueberries.

Ottawa Farms

Address: 702 Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale
Phone: 912-748-3035
When to Visit: Mid-June until the end of July. Tuesday through Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm.

Roberts’ Family Farm

Address: 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville
Phone: 770-535-7350
When to Visit: Call for hours and availability.

Scottsdale Farms

Address: 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Alpharetta
Phone: 770-777-5875
When to Visit: Monday through Saturday 8 am - 7 pm; Sunday 9 am - 6 pm.

Sims Family Farm

Address: 1608 Burning Bush Rd., Ringgold
Phone: 706-866-4062
When to Visit: Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

Washington Farms

Address: 5671 Hog Mountain Road (Hwy.53), Watkinsville
Phone: 706-769-0627
When to Visit: Closed on Sunday.

Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm

Address: 3905 Hwy 138, Covington
Phone: 678-625-3272
When to Visit: Call for hours and availability.

Blueberries from Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock, Georgia
Blueberries from Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock, Georgia

How to Care for your U-Pick Blueberries

I always thought you kept u-pick (or even store bought) berries fresh by not washing them until you were ready to eat them, but 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Put 3 cups cold water to 1 cup of white vinegar in a large bowl or salad spinner.
  3. Swish the berries around for about a minute.
  4. Drain the solution and run the berries under water until the aroma of the vinegar is gone.
  5. Spread the berries out on a paper towel and dry
  6. 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.
Blueberries at Miller's Blueberry Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia
Blueberries at Miller's Blueberry Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia

Blueberry Recipes Using U-Pick Blueberries

The blueberries are so tasty. I would say I’d make blueberry pancakes or muffins or some fabulous blueberry tart, but we can’t keep them around that long.

My friend Karen has an incredible food blog called In the Kitchen with KP. If you don't eat all the blueberries you've picked, she has the most delicious recipes, 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 Bliss Grilled Cheese: I would never have thought of blueberries in grilled cheese, but this is more of a stuff french toast, that actually stays crisp. Super easy.

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Published: February 2019
Written by: Lesli Peterson