This month's notes: December 2013: The weather is great, apples are ripe (see our apple varieties guide), hayrides, Fall fun and corn mazes are open now! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
Where in Georgia to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This page provides links to Georgia's regional pages to find pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees! I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Click on the area for which you want to see a list of pick your own farms.
Finally! One page that provides a fast link to Georgia's pick- your-
own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms. Whether you're looking for
Georgia strawberries, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, pumpkins or Christmas
trees, almost all year round, it's here! I'm always looking for more to
add and feedback about any farm you have visited, please write me using the
form! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the
information, please click on
Add My Farm!
Looking for Apple Orchards, Apple Farm Markets and Roadside stands in Georgia, such as in Ellijay? Here's the page with reviews, info and photos of each!
If you are thinking of going to the Georgia Farmer's Market at Forest Park, GA, and want useful information (vendor names, phone numbers, produce sold, photos, etc.) for the stalls at the farmer's market at Forest Park, then check out this page.
We also have a page with links to our own simple instructions on canning, freezing and drying many fruits and vegetables, such as how to make jam, apple butter, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, ketchup or freezing corn.
These two are NOT pick-your-own farms, they are homeowners with a couple of acres, so they have huge gardens and sell their home-grown tomatoes. I've had some of their tomatoes, and they are excellent! Both are very close to Gwinnett Place Mall (Costco, Sam's Club, etc.) Here's where to find them. Be sure to tell them where you heard about them!
- 4215 Old Norcross Road, NW, Duluth, GA, 30096 (at the intersection with West Liddell in Duluth / Norcross). His phone is 770-449-4839. Here's a Mapquest map to their stand. He has been charging $1.50 per pound for Better Boy tomatoes.
- 4895 Old Norcross Road NW, Duluth, GA, 30096. Not far from the stand above, she is charging $1.25 per pound and is open almost every day except Sunday mornings. Here's a Mapquest map to her stand
Email me from Feedback if you'd like to recommend a home vegetable stand in your area! As long as it is truly a home stand, not a big commercial market stand, I'll add it! I'd just like to give the mom and pop (and children) who are selling their extra home grown veggies a boost!
Cobb County ( Atlanta Georgia area
Rock Farm U-Pick Farm -
UPDATE - October 2006: Sadly, Ed
and family have sold the farm and moved to Florida. I don't think the farm
will be reopened again :(
A small family run U-pick produce farm located in East Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta, between Roswell and Marietta Georgia. Our main crops are sweet corn, tomatoes, blackberries, apples and muscadine grapes. Phone: 770-992-1669 or write at: Ed Harris, 4470 Wesley Chapel Road, Marietta Ga. 30062
Lumpkin County (Near Dahlonega)
Dahlonega Vegetable Farm
Strawberries, blackberries, beans, okra, corn, tomatoes and other vegetables starting mid-July). Business U.S. 19 North, Dahlonega. 706-867-9794. Hours: 8:30 am to 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1-6:30 p.m. Sundays. Picking containers provided; bring your own take-home containers. I've been to this farm - they have excellent tasty Chandler strawberries in a picturesque location just 2 miles outside of Dahlonega. Note: May 14, 2004 - their answering machine says that their berries are getting small, as it is near the end of their season. Blake
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