Strawberry picking in Georgia begins in March and runs through June depending on where you are picking. As you would expect, the pick-your-own strawberries season comes earlier in South Georgia with the Atlanta area peaking from mid-April through most of May. If the season gets away from you, (it always does for me) head to North Georgia for fresh picked fruit later in the season.
From Southern Belle Farms and the Rock Ranch in Central Georgia to Southern Grace Farms in South Georgia, if you are wondering, “Where is the best strawberry farm near me?” keep reading for an all inclusive guide (including phone numbers and addresses)
1658 Turner Church Rd. | McDonough | 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.
5020 Barnesville Hwy. | The Rock | 706-647-6374
The Rock Ranch has only one U-pick day during their annual festival. 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.
Watkinsville Farm: 5671 Hog Mountain Rd. | Bogart | 706-769-0627
Loganville Farm: 270 Willowwind Dr. | Loganville | 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. 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 NOTE: We are sad to hear that 2019 will be the last year for strawberries at Washington Farms. They will still have their fall activities, but will not plant strawberries in 2020.
4761 Holley Rd | Lizella | 478-935-8180
9515 Feagin Road | Macon
This farm was recommended by a reader. They are a family owned and operated farm growing pick-your-own strawberries.
1608 Burning Bush Rd | Ringgold | 706-866-4062
Sims is a family run sod farm. However, in 2013, they decided to add You Pick or We Pick strawberries to the farm.
In addition to pick-your-own strawberries, they also have pre-picked berries and strawberry and cream ice cream! Yum.
Tom and Leigh Anne are local berry farmers that use sustainable farming practices including using their own bees for pollination, to bring the freshest, sweetest and yummiest berries you can pick or buy. They might not be running u-pick until late this year (2019) because of the deer, but they’ll be open!
5555 Crow Rd. | Cumming | 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 | 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| 770-869-3999
13-acres of strawberries, all pre-picked. If you want to pick your own, come during their annual strawberry festival, this is 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!
1486 GA-54 | Fayetteville | 770-461-9395
Two gallon buckets provided, but you must bring your own container for taking berries home. Cash and checks only. Call for times and to make sure they are open.
797 W Macedonia Church Rd. | Oxford | 770-597-6346
Mitcham Farm is open for strawberry picking every day of the week. Visit them in April 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
8660 Blue Ridge Dr. | Blue Ridge | 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.
3743 Old Dalton Road | Rome | 706-295-2587
LCCL is a family run strawberry farm in Rome. We love that they also have a great relationship with a 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!
1946 Johnstonville Rd | Forsyth | 678-544-0756
This strawberry field North of Atlanta anticipates having strawberries ready to pick the last weekend in March. In addition to picking strawberries, save some room for strawberry ice cream! The little ones can work off their treats at their amazing playground.
New Franklin Church Rd | Canon | 706-356-8831
This strawberry picking farm doesn’t keep up their online presence, but you can call to see when the berries are ready to pick.
1510 Ridgeway Rd | Canon | 706-245-8383
Know Before You Go Strawberry Picking in Georgia
Be sure to give a call before you drive out (we give you phone numbers below). We’ve looked at several strawberry picking in Georgia lists and many of the farms are no longer in business (or they don’t have a phone). We’ve u In addition, call those in business to make sure there are still plenty of ripe berries to pick when you arrive.
Some days farms will be picked out early, Strawberry farms can be closed because they are ripening berries, because rain has made the fields too muddy, or because the field is simply picked out at the moment.
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
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.