Blueberry Picking Near Atlanta: 8 Places to Pick Blueberries [Recipe]

Learning where to pick blueberries in Atlanta

Blueberry season in Georgia seems to be a bit late this year. Many u-pick blueberry locations are just starting to pick. Here are eight places for families to pick blueberries, along with tips for keeping them fresh.

Where to Go Blueberry Picking Near Atlanta

A list of where to pick blueberries near AtlantaIt’s getting hotter than hades out there. It must be 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.

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. 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. If you’d like to stock up on some blueberries this year, here are several places to go blueberry picking near Atlanta. Please call before heading out. Hours vary, and the availability of the fruit depends on lots of different factors. Did we miss a few? Let us know your favorite place.

Fleemans
Where: 716 Harrison Mill Rd., Winder, GA | 770-867-3420
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.

Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm 
Where: 38 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle, GA | 678-353-4839
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Call the number above before going for current hours and to make sure the blueberries are ripe.

Blueberry Picking via FieldTripswSue
Notice this guy doesn’t have anything in the bucket. That’s because he just eats them!

Berry Patch Farms
Where: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA | 770-926-0561
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! Closed on Mondays

Washington Farms
Where: 5671 Hog Mountain Road (Hwy.53), Watkinsville, GA | 706-769-0627
Always closed on Sundays

Southern Belle Farms
Where: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, GA | 770-288-2582 
Closed on Sunday

Mercier Orchard
Where:
8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA | 706-632-3411
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.

Adams Farm
Where: 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West, Fayetteville, GA | 770-461-9395

Black Mountain Forest Blueberry Farm
Where: 1455 Black Mountain Road, Dahlonega, GA | 706-867-6426

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, no, 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.

Delicious and easy recipes that use fresh blueberries.Blueberry Recipes using U-pick blueberries

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 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) fieldtripswithsue.com.

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Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a Parents.com best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

4 Comments on Blueberry Picking Near Atlanta: 8 Places to Pick Blueberries [Recipe]

  1. Thanks Sue, for having such a wonderful site.Your oldest is like my younger son. We went Blueberry and Blackberry picking at Washington Farms last sat and it was lot of fun.

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