Strawberry picking in Georgia usually begins in mid-April and runs through most of May. However, the warmer temperatures in 2017 have produced an early strawberry picking season, and some strawberry farms already have ripe fruit.
Wondering where is the best strawberry farm near me? We have a great guide below. Note that many of the strawberry patches we contacted were unsure of their crop in 2017 because of the late frost, so be sure to give a call before you drive out to make sure there still be plenty of ripe berries to pick when you arrive. Some days farms will be picked out early, closed because they are ripening berries, or because the weather is too muddy. (This post has some additional tips, too.) Be sure to like the farm’s Facebook page, as it is usually the best way to get up-to-date information.
Strawberry Picking in Georgia
1658 Turner Church Rd. | McDonough, GA 30252 | 770-288-2582
5-acres of strawberries. Other farm activities include Belle’s Barn, Jumping Pillow, Cow Train, Pedal Cars and Hayride (all on the weekends.) Restrooms, picnic tables and concessions (The strawberry ice cream is the best around!) 1 gallon buckets provided for picking; return them after use or take them home for $1. Pre-picked berries also available. Cash and credit cards. Monday-Saturdays 8am-6pm and Sundays 1-6pm. You-Pick 1Gal. for $12.00; Pre-picked 1Gal. for $15.00 More farm info here.
Watkinsville Farm: 5671 Hog Mountain Rd. | Bogart, GA 30622 | 706-769-0627
Loganville Farm: 270 Willowwind Dr. | Loganville, GA 30052 | 770-554-8119
Four weekends in spring the Watkinsville location offers Super Spring Saturdays with activities for the kids ($8) and concessions. There is also a petting zoo, pig races, campfires and more. Pre-picked berries also available. Cash, check and credit cards. Picking containers provided. Keep the container for $1 or bring your own to transfer the berries. Open Monday-Saturdays 8am-7pm; closed Sundays. You-Pick 1Gal. for $12.00; Pre-picked 1Gal. for $15.00
623 Poplar Rd. | Dallas, GA 30157 | 770-443-0292
Great family farm without the “agritourism” of other farms in the state. Watch their Facebook page for the most updated info. Cash only. Unfortunately, this strawberry farm is not offering U-pick strawberries this season because they couldn’t plant during the fall drought. We are keeping them on our list though in hopes they’ll have a better season next year.
5020 Barnesville Hwy. | The Rock, GA 30285 | 706-647-6374
Enjoy the festival where you can pick your own strawberries or purchase them pre-picked. Festival activities include The Rock Ranch’s activities such as Locomotive Train Rides, Pedal Carts, Cane Pole Fishing, Tiny Town, Petting Zoo, Giant Jumping Pillow, Paddle Boats and more. Cash and credit cards. April 27, 2017 10am – 5pm. NOTE: Unfortunately due to the cold weather, frost and hungry deer, the U-Pick Strawberry Experiences will not be open for the Strawberry Festival in 2017. The Rock Ranch plans to open the U-Pick area in late April, early May.
5555 Crow Rd. | Cumming, GA 30041 | 770-889-1515
Three acres of strawberries. Don’t miss Farmer for a Day and the Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party, both in April. “Hey”rides, petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, a visit with strawberry shortcake and more. Cash and credit cards. Strawberry picking and Fun Park open Saturdays: 10- 5 pm and Sundays 12 – 5 pm.
3498 GA-72, Colbert | GA 30628 | 706-338-0065
25,000 plants. 1 gallon buckets provided for picking; return them after use or take them home for $1. Cash and checks only. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 2 – 6 pm. You-Pick 1 Gal. for $12; Pre-picked 1Gal. for $14 (call ahead.)
5340 Cornelia Hwy. | Alto, GA 30510 | 770-869-3999
13-acres of strawberries, all pre-picked. Don’t miss the Strawberry Festival on May 6, 2017 from 9am – 4 pm for the only time to get u-pick berries…plus tons of samples in the market, a strawberry cook-off, local craft vendors, farm tours & more!
8. Adams Farm
1486 GA-54 | Fayetteville, GA 30214 | 770-461-9395
Two gallon buckets provided, but you must bring your own container for taking berries home. Cash and checks only. U-pick or pre-picked. Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm. Find them on Facebook for updates.
9. Mitcham Farm
797 W Macedonia Church Rd. | Oxford, GA 30054 | 770-597-6346
Mitcham Farm is open for strawberry picking every day of the week. Visit them on April 29 – 30 for the Strawberry Festival. In addition to U-pick strawberries, there are also pre-picked strawberries for sale, live music, tractor demonstrations, arts and crafts, food vendors, inflatables for the kids, a mountain slide, hayrides, farm animals and face painting. U-pick 1 Gallon for $12, pre-picked $14. Bring your own bucket or keep theirs for $1
10. Mercier Farms
8660 Blue Ridge Dr. | Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | 706-632-3411
Mercier offers U-Pick on weekends only from 10 – 4 pm. During the month of April they offer tractor blossom tours as well. Also good to note that since Mercier is in North Georgia, the strawberry season starts a little later and will be available a little longer than the fields south of Atlanta. So if you’re a little late in the season, Mercier may be a better place to go. Note that Mercier uses an inter-grated pest control system. The sprays they use are completely water soluble and rinse off with a .10” of rain or fresh water.
11. Payne Farms
204 Salem Rd SW | Calhoun, GA 30701 | 770-878-2005
We have not been able to get updated 2017 information on the Payne strawberry farm, so call before you go.
3743 Old Dalton Road | Rome, GA 30165 | 706-295-2587 (message will be left daily as to availability)
LCCL is a family run strawberry farm in Rome. We love that they also have a great relationship our favorite escape, Barnsley Garden. Our family plans to head up there soon, but we got the “scoop” from one of our Barnsley friends…”They have the most delicious and amazing strawberry soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had the chance to taste.” Wow – we can’t wait to get there!
Did we miss your favorite place for strawberries in Georgia? Let us know so we can add it here!
Tips to keep your strawberries fresh
- Fresh picked berries should last between 5 and 7 days
- Don’t leave berries in a car longer then absolutely necessary. Always put them in the car with you, not in the trunk. (That’s a problem in my car because my boys will just eat them all on the way home!)
- Don’t wash the strawberries until you’re ready to use them. Once they are washed, they start to deteriorate faster.
- When you do wash strawberries, do it in cold water.
- The later you pick the sweeter the berries, but the darker the seeds.
- Once you get your bucket home, if there are any left, take half and put them in a flat bottomed dish with a dry paper towel on the bottom. The weight of the strawberries on top will crush the ones below if left that way.
- Keep the caps on the strawberries until you are ready to eat them. This will keep them fresher.
- Store strawberries in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
Strawberries at our house never last for more than a day or so, but I hear some people can have more strawberries than they can possibly eat, so they freeze them. If you’d like to freeze your berries, here are some helpful tips:
- Use only firm, fully ripe berries.
- To avoid bruising and soaking the berries, wash only a few at a time in cold water.
- Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander or sieve.
- Remove the hulls with the tip of a floating blade peeler.
- Chill the fruit in ice water to lower its temperature for fast freezing.
- You can freeze strawberries plain, but Southern Belle Farms recommends freezing them in a dry sugar pack, following these suggestions:
- Halve, quarter, or slice clean berries into a bowl or shallow pan. If desired, berries may be crushed rather than sliced.
- Sprinkle sugar over berries, using 1/3 to 3/4 cup sugar for each quart of fruit.
- Gently turn berries over and over until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
- Package and freeze.
My friend Karen has an incredible food blog called In the Kitchen with KP. She has the most delicious recipes including these wonderful ideas on what to do with all those strawberries.
No Bake Strawberry Stacks: I love this recipe because it’s so easy and pretty. All you need is a box of Famous Chocolate Wafter Cookies, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and strawberries. Mmmmm
Overnight Strawberry Stuffed French Toast: This one requires a little more work, but it can all be done the night before. Then while the toast is baking, you can cut up the strawberries and add a little sugar for the topping. Perfect for a fancy brunch, or just a special breakfast.
Have a special strawberry recipe you’d like to share? Leave us a comment!
*Photo by Flickr/James Lee