Apparently, I’m not the only person who enjoys the process, as there are several you-pick blueberry farms within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. There are so many, in fact, that compiling a list is a bit of a task. The list below includes all the places with a 404, 770 or 678 area code that I could confirm were in operation this summer.
When you go picking, always pack plenty of water and sunscreen. Bring containers to carry your berries home in—and in the rare circumstance that containers aren’t provided for picking, you can use your containers for that, too). I like to bring a big cooler and ice packs, to keep the berries cool on the way home. And don’t forget cash. Some larger operations accept checks and even credit cards, but cash is always safe.
Some farms require you to call before you come; then again, some growers prefer that you don’t call ahead. But because growers often live on the same property as the blueberries, it’s generally a good idea, unless otherwise indicated below, to call first, let them know you’re coming, and ask them about picking conditions. Pricing is for you-pick unless otherwise stated. One gallon of berries weighs approximately 6 pounds.
Open for the season. 1486 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. 770-461-9395. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. $2.50 per pound. Always call before you visit.
Berry Patch Farms
Open for the season. 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-926-0561. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. $1.95 per pound. Naturally grown. Always call before you visit.
Opens July 5. 116 Odith Road, Fayetteville. 770-460-7796. 8 a.m. to noon, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. $8 per gallon. Naturally grown. Always call before you visit.
Cool Springs Blueberry Farm
Opens July 4. 5975 Smith Mill Road, Gainesville. 770-480-8085. $10 per gallon you pick, $15 per gallon pre-picked. Always call before you visit. Handicap access.
The Dacula Briarpatch
Open for the season. 2503 Cammie Wages Road, Dacula. 770-962-4990. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. $10 per gallon. No need to call first.
DJ’s U-pick Blueberry Farm
Opens July 20. 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville. 678-442-7853. Dawn to dusk Sunday through Saturday. $8 per gallon. Organic. Call to check availability.
Helen DuBose Farm. Open for the season. 275 Stroud Road, McDonough. 770-957-7863. $12 per gallon. Bring containers. Always call first; by appointment only.
Fleeman’s U-Pick Blueberries
Open for the season. 716 Harrison Mill Road, Winder. Phone: 770-867-3420. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $11 per gallon.
Open for the season. 3192 Highway 42 South, Locust Grove. 770-957-4912. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. $8 per gallon. Always call before you visit.
Garmon Family Farm
Open for the season. 337 Old Four Notch Road, Whitesburg. 770-214-8531. $12 per gallon. Naturally grown. By reservation only; always call first.
Open for the season. 5802 Concord Road, Concord. 770-227-4661. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $2.10 per pound.
Hard Labor Creek Blueberry Farm
Open for the season. 38 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle. 770-464-2412. Daylight to dark Monday; daylight to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. $1.65 per pound you pick; $33 per 10-pound carton pre-picked. Naturally grown.
Open for the season. 52 Ploof Road, Bremen. 770-355-7143 or 770-546-5260. Dawn to dusk Sunday through Saturday. $8 per gallon. Always call before visiting. Bring picking containers.
Mobley Tree Farm
Opens in early July. Canton. 770-926-5420. $10 per gallon you pick; $15 per gallon pre-picked. By reservation only, always call first for times and directions.
Roberts Family Blueberry Farm
Taylor Blueberry Farm
Open for the season. 195 Clem Lowell Road, Carrollton. 770-832-6857. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. $4 per gallon.
Thoms Trees and Plant Farm
Open for season. 175 Chappell Mill Road, Griffin. 770-351-7314 or 770-461-6013. $10 per gallon you pick, $30 per gallon pre-picked. Always call before you visit to check to times.
Open for the season. 2252 Highway 16 West, Jackson. 770 595-8303. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. $8 per gallon you pick; $16 per gallon pre-picked.
Open for the season. 2342 Corinth Poseyville Road, Bremen. 770-646-9080. Always call you visit to check hours, availability and prices. Naturally grown.
Yule Forest Berry Patch
Open for the season. 13 Reagan Road (Ga. 155), Stockbridge. 770-954-9356. $1.50 per pound. 7 a.m. to dusk. Bring your own container.