Fresh, local strawberries are a sign of spring in Georgia! Take the kids on a pick-your-own outing or enjoy a strawberry festival at a Georgia farm. Our list includes events and you-pick farms that are within an hour drive from downtown Atlanta (we used Woodruff Park as our central starting point).
If you live in the far suburbs, you probably have more choices within an easy drive, because many berry farms are in north Georgia or south of town, near Macon. Below, we’ve listed a couple of other sources you can check for berry farms farther outside metro Atlanta.
REMEMBER: Farm hours and crop availability are highly variable, depending on the weather and all kinds of other factors. It’s best to either call ahead, or check status online through a berry farm’s website or Facebook page
Other things to keep in mind if you’re picking berries:
- Put your berries in the car with you — not in the trunk — and go straight home with them.
- Refrigerate fresh berries right away.
- Don’t wash your berries until you’re ready to use them. Once washed, they’ll deteriorate faster.
- Plan to use or freeze your berries within five days after picking.
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Strawberry festivals and events
6th annual Strawberry Festival at Mitcham Farm
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mitcham Farm is located in Oxford, Georgia. It’s about a 40-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, near Covington, along the I-20 corridor.
There is a lot to do at this strawberry festival, and it is very kid-friendly, with a free play area, $5 pony rides, and $3 admission to a petting zoo. There is also face painting, wagon rides, and more. See a complete list of activities on the Mitcham Farm website.
You can buy strawberries here, as well as typical festival food, like funnel cakes, cotton candy, snow cones, hot dogs, and hamburgers.
Mitcham Farm is located at:
- 797 Macedonia Church Rd.
Oxford, Georgia 30054
Annual u-pick event and strawberry festival at Jaemor Farms
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE to attend, $5 for some activities
Jaemor Farms is in north Georgia, just below Cornelia. It is about a 65-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
Jaemor is only open for strawberry picking one day a year, which falls on May 4th in 2019. If you want to pick your own, there is a minimum you must purchase. A group of four must purchase a gallon; groups of 5 to 8 people must purchase two gallons. You can purchase a one-gallon picking bucket for just $1.
The event includes a strawberry cook-off and local vendors selling goodies.
Food available for purchase is supplied by Chik-Fil-A.
For the kids, there is a hayride, petting zoo, and games. The admission is $5.
The event may be rescheduled or canceled due to bad weather. You can find last-minute status updates on the Jaemor Farms Facebook page.
Jaemor Farms is located at:
- 5340 Cornelia Hwy.
Alto, Ga 30510770-869-3999
Places to pick your own strawberries
Southern Belle Farm
- 1658 Turner Church Rd.
This family farm is located in McDonough, just 35 miles south of downtown Atlanta.
Pick your own hours are:
- Monday–Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.
There is no charge for berry picking — you just pay for the berries.
For the kids, you’ll find a hayride, jumping pillows, a giant slide, and more activities. Most are open only on the weekends and admission to the kids area is $8.
- 1486 Georgia Highway 54 West
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Located in Fayetteville, Adams Farm is just 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta. The website lists the pick-your-own season as mid-April to late May, but there are no set hours. The farm provides 2-gallon containers for you to pick into, but you must bring your own containers to take the berries home in. There are always people in the fields to help you find a good row and get started. If you don’t want to pick your own, there are usually berries for sale at the produce stand.
Located in Cumming, Georgia, in Forsyth County, this is an easy drive from in town and the northern suburbs.
Strawberry picking season usually lasts from mid-April till early June. The website hasn’t been updated for 2019, so you may have to call or send a message through the Warbington Farms Facebook page.
Warbington Farms is a good day-trip for families, with admission only $9 to the farm’s Family Fun Park during the spring season. It includes a barnyard where you can feed the animals, jumping pillow, playgrounds, and a giant corn crib “sandbox.”
- 917 Bob Smith Rd
- Loganville — out 78 East, about 30 minutes past Stone Mountain
270 Willowwind Drive
Loganville, GA 30052
- Watkinsville — near Athens, roughly a 90-minute drive from downtown Atlanta
5691 Hog Mountain Road
Bogart, GA 30622
Both farms offer pick your own strawberries, and the option to buy berries pre-picked.
The Watkinsville location also offers “Super Spring Saturdays,” with activities for kids — including a petting zoo, corn crib, playgrounds, slides, jumping pillow, bounce house, and more. Limited concessions are available and admission is $10 per person for anyone over the age of 2.
The dates for Super Spring Saturdays in 2019 are:
- Saturday, April 20th
Saturday, April 27th
Saturday, May 4th
Saturday, May 11th
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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