Strawberry picking in Georgia begins in March and typically runs through June depending on where you are picking. Although COVID-19 has altered some plans, for the most part, Georgia’s U-pick farms are planning to more forward in 2021. We recommend calling ahead before heading out to be sure.
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.
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
Southern Belle Farm offers 10-acres of strawberries and is usually open mid-April through early summer. Grab your crew and get ready to pick or pick-up a bucket of their freshly picked strawberries from the Country Farm Market. They are promoting the practice of social distancing for both visitors and employees.
In addition to strawberries, they will also have their awesome farm activities back this year! Plan to experience Belle’s Barnstormer, pedal karts, jumping pillows, a cow train, ball zone, mini ball zone, tetherball, an animal barn, giant tunnel slide, hayrides, rubber duck races, and wagon rides.
See more about the fun we always have at Southern Belle Farm!
5 Burt’s Farm Road | Dawsonville | (800) 600-2878
It’s a pumpkin farm that now has strawberries too — Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is hosting U-pick strawberries in 2021!
Sometime this Spring (their guess is May, but check their Facebook page for updates) — Burt’s will open up their new U-pick strawberry fields for you to get your fill of the yummy fruit.
You can also enjoy a springtime hayride while you’re there.
Burt’s is just down the street from Amicalola Falls State Park — so it’s easy to pick your strawberries, then enjoy them while checking out the falls!
5020 Barnesville Hwy. | The Rock | 706-647-6374
The Rock Ranch has not yet set any plans for 2021.
5691 Hog Mountain Road | Bogart | 706-769-0627
Washington Farms strawberries are back!
After taking 2020 off, strawberries are making a comeback in 2021 at Washington Farms near Athens.
In the Spring, Washington Farms offers strawberry picking, lots of fun farm activities, and yummy treats — like strawberry ice cream!
They’re offering Super Spring Saturdays on select Saturdays in April and May. On these special days they’ll have concessions and all the fun farm activities you can handle — like a petting zoo, corn box, wagon rides, inflatables, playgrounds, cornhole, and so much more. (Seriously, this place is great!)
They expect their 2021 strawberry picking season to begin in mid-April, but it’s always best to call first because picking conditions and hours are always subject to change due to weather. Closed on Sundays.
917 Bob Smith Rd | Sharpsburg| (678) 300-9443
Whitley Farms is a locally-owned and family-operated business located in Sharpsburg, Ga. Their berries and tomatoes are pretty much famous in the area, and Amanda’s Farmer’s Salsa is infamous and awesome.
They usually begin the season in mid-April and will carry it on as long as their fields are producing. Whitley Farm proudly offers fresh, locally, naturally grown fruits and vegetables too. Call to see what is available that day.
4761 Holley Rd | Lizella | 478-935-8180
This farm was recommended by a reader! They are a family-owned and operated farm located in Lizella, GA growing pick-your-own strawberries. Fresh from the garden vegetables are also ready to be bought.
This year they are hoping to open on April 1, 2021.
1608 Burning Bush Rd | Ringgold | 706-866-4062
Sims is a family run sod farm, but in 2013 they decided to add U-Pick and We Pick strawberries to the farm!
Although they no longer do U-Pick, they continue to sell their amazing strawberries at their farm. Check their Facebook page for their daily update on availability.
13888 Ga Hwy 109 | Meansville | 770-709-8693
In addition to pick-your-own strawberries, they also have pre-picked berries and strawberry and cream ice cream! Yum.
6659 Lone Oak Rd | Hogansville | 772-342-1224
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 are excited for the 2021 season. They post updates on their Facebook page often, so check there or call before heading out.
5555 Crow Rd. | Cumming | 770-889-1515
Warbington Farms ususually opens in mid-April, and that’s their goal for 2021 as well. They offer three acres of strawberries, and fun activities including “Hey”rides, a petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, and character visits. Call ahead or check their Facebook page before heading out to make sure they have strawberries available.
3498 GA-72 |Colbert | 706-338-0065
Moon Farms in the Athens area usually opens for the season in early-April. With 25,000 strawberry plants planted each year, they have lots to offer. They offer U-pick berries consisting of two different varieties — Camarosa and Chandler. Both of these varieties are well known for their large and flavorful fruit.
They plant their strawberries on raised plastic beds to provide you with the cleanest, easiest to pick, and highest quality berry you can get anywhere.
5340 Cornelia Hwy. | Alto| 770-869-3999
Jaemor Farms has 13-acres of strawberries, all pre-picked, and they plan to open for the 2021 season in April.
While you’re picking up their yummy strawberries, stay around for their homemade fried pies, ice cream, apples, peaches, produce, and boiled peanuts — those are just a small sampling of what they have at their market.
They hope to do U-pick at some point this year, but please check their Facebook page for updates on that.
1486 GA-54 | Fayetteville | 770-461-9395
Strawberry season at Adams Farm usually takes place from mid-April through June. Two gallon buckets are provided for picking, but you must bring your own container for taking berries home. They grow Sweet Charlie and Strawberry Festival varieties.
While you’re there, make sure to take home more of their fresh produce at their open air market. 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 usually opens for strawberry picking in early April and stays open through late May/early June every day of the week.
Stop by the market for strawberry donuts, slushies, ice cream, specialty jarred items, and fresh produce including Vidalia onions, watermelons, and tomatoes! Strawberries are available for picking when available.
For daily crop availability check their Facebook page or call first!
8660 Blue Ridge Dr. | Blue Ridge | 706-632-3411
Mercier Orchards is the place to be during strawberry season! Mercier usually opens for strawberry season in May. They also sell pre-picked strawberries in their market. Half-gallon baskets are $8 and one gallon baskets are $16.
Make sure to stop by their cafe and market for more yummy items while you’re in town! They also offer curbside pickup on orders, just call to reserve a time slot.
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. LCCL Strawberry Farm usually opens in mid-April for strawberry season.
They also have strawberry ice cream, strawberry jam, strawberry salsa and honey available to purchase as well! Our family plans to head up there soon, but we got the “scoop” from one of our Barnsley friends. Check their Facebook page for updates!
446 Swann Rd | Jefferson | 706-254-6292
They are a bit different than other patches. They don’t have specific hours but you can call to make an appointment. This could be perfect for those with special needs. Cash only.
Be sure to give a call before you drive out!
Some days farms will be picked out early in the day, and sometimes the 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. Always best to check first!
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. Mmm-mmm!
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!
After strawberry season is over, it’s time for blueberries! Here are 17+ Delicious U-Pick Blueberry Farms in Georgia.
*Photo by Flickr/James Lee