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Posted: 12:13 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013

Where to pick your own fruits and veggies around Atlanta

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Make family memories while picking your own fruits, vegetables
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Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are ripe for picking right now. Metro Atlantans can visit a variety of farms to pick fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season. Photo credit: Deanna Washington

By Jenny Turknett

For the AJC


Whether you are looking to stockpile your fruits and veggies or are just looking for an outdoor family activity, consider visiting one of the farms listed below.


Pick-your-own locations

Washington Farms

 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 5671 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville. 706-769-0627, Cash, check or credit.

Fleeman’s U-Pick Blueberries

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. Sundays. 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder. 770-867-3420, Cash or check.

Red Land Nursery

 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 86 Red Land Bend Road, Temple. 678-850-8111, Cash or check.

Taylor Blueberry Farm

 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 195 Clem Lowell Road, Carrollton. 770-832-6857. Cash only.

Foxbrier Farm

Opens at 8 a.m. daily through the end of August. 12000 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto. 404-234-7023. Cash or check.


 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 321 Old Loganville Road, Loganville. 770-466-4626. Cash only.

Smith Farm Products and Nursery

 Confirm opening times before going. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Sundays. 729 Burnt Hickory Road, Cartersville. 770-843-8488. Cash only.

Roberts Family Blueberry Farm

Sun up until late, daily. 5517 Clarksbridge Road, Clermont. 678-316-3598, Cash or check.

Mitcham Farm

 Sun up until sundown, daily. 52 Ploof Road, Bremen. 770-355-7143. Cash only.

Waits Farm

s. Open all day, seven days. 3779 Old Braswell Road, Monroe. 770-207-6910. Cash or check.

Weaver Berryland Farm

  10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 2252 Ga. 16 W., Jackson. 770-595-8303, Cash only.

Canahan’s Blueberries

Pick a gallon of unsprayed blueberries at this Ma & Pa blueberry farm for $10 a gallon. Containers provided. 8 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 116 Odith Road, Fayetteville. 770-460-7796. Cash only.

Berry Patch Farms

 Bring containers. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-926-0561, Cash or credit.

The Country Place

Bring take-home containers. Appointments suggested. 3736 Ga. 323, Gillsville. 770-605-1121. Cash or check.

Cool Springs Blueberry Farm

 Daylight until dark Mondays-Saturdays, 1 p.m. until dark Sundays. 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville. 770-480-8085, Cash or check.

 DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm

 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville. 678-442-7853, Cash or checks.

Whitley Farms

Check the farm’s Facebook page for updates and events. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. 917 Bob Smith Road, Sharpsburg. 770-253-5255. Cash or checks.


Advice for pickers

All of the farms on our list contributed tips for first-time pickers.

  • Prepare as you would for an outdoor activity. Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. Wear close-toed shoes and socks.
  • Always call or check the farm’s website or Facebook page before making the drive. Many farms adjust their hours with the weather and crop readiness.
  • Ask questions before you go. Find out if there are restroom facilities, if they offer water, accepted payment methods and whether GPS systems will accurately locate the farm.
  • Bring cash. Some farms accept checks, and a very few now accept credit cards.
  • Bring take-home containers. Most farms have picking buckets and some also have take-home bags, but be on the safe side and bring your own.
  • For berry picking, bring a belt. You can strap the bucket to you so that you can pick with two hands.
  • Go early in the day. It will be cooler and you’ll have the pick of the harvest.
  • Consider packing a picnic lunch. Many farms have picnic tables or shady spots to spread a blanket.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Once on site, listen to the farm staff. They will direct you to the best picking locations and teach you how to pick without damaging plants or bruising the fruit.
  • Watch for poison ivy at some locations.
  • Check farm websites for recipes and ideas for using your bounty.
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