Juicy Blueberry Picking in Atlanta: 15 Pick Your Own Farms

When it gets hotter than hades outside, you know it’s time to go blueberry picking near Atlanta. Of course I’m not taking my oldest this year, 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 Atlanta

Although it’s more work and a bit hotter to go blueberry picking near 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, so call before you head out. Wondering where is the best blueberry picking near me? We have uncovered 15 u-pick blueberry farms to try. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know and we’ll add it.

NOTE: Due to a late frost, some blueberry farms are not picking in 2017. We’ve left them on this list for future reference, but be sure to call before you go to make sure they have fruit to pick.

1. Adams Farm

Address: 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214
Phone: 770-461-9395
Date & Hour: April 1st and ends mid-July. 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Saturday
More Info: Check website

2. Berry Patch Farms

Address: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA
Phone: 770-926-0561
Date & Hour: TBA. 8 AM – 9 PM | Closed on Mondays
More 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!

3. Black Mountain Blueberry Farm

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

4. The Blueberry Farm

Address: 1363 Highway 151, LaFayette, Georgia 30728
Phone: 706-638-0908
Date & Hour: early July – late August. 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Sunday
More Info: Check website

5. Cool Springs Blueberry Farm and Nursery

Address: 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville, Ga 30506
Phone: 770-535-7350
Date & Hour: Mid June. Call for hours & availability
More Info:

6. The Dacula Briar Patch

Address: 2503 Cammie Wages Road, Dacula, Georgia 30019
Phone: 770-962-4990
Date & Hour: Second week of June. 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday
More Info:

7. DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm

Address: 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043
Phone: 678-442-7853
Date & Hour: TBA. 8am – 7pm Monday through Saturday
More Info:

8. Fleeman’s U-Pick Blueberries

Address: 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder, GA. 30680
Phone: 770-867-3420
Date & Hour: TBA. Call for hours & availability
More Info: Bring your own containers to take home your berries. Note Fleemans 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.

9. Gardner Farms

Address: 3192 Hwy. 42, Locust Grove, Georgia 30248
Phone: 770-957-4912
Date & Hour: TBA. Call for hours & availability
More Info: Check website

10. Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm

Address: 38 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle, Georgia 30025
Phone: 770-464-2412
Date & Hour: TBA. Call for hours & availability
More Info: For photos of Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm, visit Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
Call the number above before going for current hours and to make sure the blueberries are ripe.

11. Mercier Orchard

Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA
Phone: 706-632-3411
Date & Hour: Open 7 days a week. 7 a.m – 6 p.m.
More Info: I think of Mercier more for apples than blueberries, but apparently they have both (and peaches too!). Call before to make sure they are picking.

12. Roberts’ Family Farm

Address: 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville, Ga 30506
Phone: 770-535-7350
Date & Hour: Mid June. Call for hours & availability
More Info: Check website

13. Scottsdale Farm

Address: 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Alpheretta, Georgia 30004
Phone: 770-777-5875
Date & Hour: Monday-Saturday 8am – 7pm; Sunday 9 – 6pm
More Info: Check website

14. Southern Belle

Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Phone: 770-288-2582
Date & Hour: Monday-Saturday 8am – 6pm; Sunday 1 – 6pm
More Info: See our post on Southern Belle Farm

15. Washington Farms

Address: 5671 Hog Mountain Road (Hwy.53), Watkinsville, GA
Phone: 706-769-0627
Date & Hour: Mid June. Always Closed on Sundays
More Info: Check website

16. Whippoorwill Hollow Farm

Address: 3905 Hwy 138, Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 678-625-3272
Date & Hour: Mid June thru August. Call for hours & availability

17. The Rock Ranch

Where: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga. (between Barnesville and Thomaston, south of Atlanta)
 | 706-647-6374
When: Mid June thru August

18. Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
 

Where: 3565 Hwy, 155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770-954-9356
When: Mid June thru August

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.

Blueberry Recipes using U-pick blueberries

Blueberry Recipes

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 whoppie 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.

Have a special blueberry recipe you’d like to share? Send me a link and a photo sue (at) 365AtlantaFamily.com.

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