2021 Blueberry picking is slim as the last couple frosts this year damaged alot of blueberry plants at local farms. Call ahead before making a special trip! June and July are fun months for Blueberry picking at farms throughout Georgia. Below are several farms that offer U-picks where you can bring the family and pick your own blueberries. “Studies show that blueberries may reduce belly fat and risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. According to WomensFitness.net, “Blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of all fruit. Antioxidants help prevent cancer and slow down aging.
Blueberries also promote urinary tract health, eye health, brain health, and digestive health. Blueberries are also a healthy source of vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, and vitamin E (Excerpt from Top 10 Health Benefits of Blueberries)”.
Adams Farm 1486 Georgia Hwy 54 West Fayetteville 30214; 770-461-9395.
Call before you go to see if U-Pick is available. Containers are provided for easy picking! Varieties may include: Tiftblue, Premier, Brightwell. No pets allowed. Blackberries as well!
Berry Patch Farms 770-926-0561; 786 Arnold Mill Road; Woodstock, GA
No blueberry crop this year at Berry Patch. Check back for Pumpkins in the fall! Facebook
Blueberry Garden 5475 Crowe Road; Cumming, GA 30041; 770-889-2519.
Open July 1,2,3 2021 by appointment only! U-Pick Blueberry Farm open to the public. $15 per gallon. Call before you go!
Check out our Facebook page.
Cool Springs Blueberry Farm Gainesville
The farm will not be open for You-Pick for the 2021 Season.
It is with great sadness we let you know that we will not be able to open the farm this year for you-pick. Despite our best hopes, the few blueberries that remained after the frost aren’t developing and we won’t be able to serve our customers like we had wanted.
The Cool Springs Blueberry Farm is a family destination located in beautiful Gainesville, Georiga. With You Pick blueberry season in the summer, family events throughout the year, along with rental and party options, we have something for everyone. Facebook page.
DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm 678-442-7853; 1839 Prospect Rd; Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
No blueberries for 2021. Closed for the season.
They are a wide open farm with over 700 blueberry bushes. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
Mercier Orchards Blue Ridge, Ga
UPick currently not available. The market is open year round. Check their website for hours.
Downtown location open Wednesday-Sunday 8 am to 4 pm as well.
Go into Blue Ridge to shop, eat or go tubing/hiking nearby! Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mercierorchards or call 800-361-7731!
Sweet Velo Farm Ranger, GA
Check with the far before going out. Most of their blueberry plants were also affected by the frosts and they may not have any to pick for 2021.
Opened in 2014, Sweet Velo Blue is a family-owned-and-operated you-pick blueberry farm in northwest Georgia. We grow non-certified organic, sustainable berries and sell honey produced from our own hives of busy bees.
Their blueberries are non-certified organic, sustainable, and mother-nature-watered (with well water). They have two berry fields with more than a thousand bushes and offers many varieties of berries—Alapaha, Climax, Vernon, Powderblue, Tiftblue, Ochlockonee, and Titan.
BLUEBERRIES: THE SUPER FRUIT PERFECT FOR SUMMERTIME
Pike Nurseries Offers Tips for Growing Delicious Blueberries at Home
Blueberries not only provide scrumptious, antioxidant-rich berries, but blueberry shrubs also add year-round interest to the landscape. This summer fruit is easy to grow and requires minimum care in the garden. To help homeowners grow and care for their own blueberries, the garden experts at Pike Nurseries offer these tips:
- Even though blueberries produce their fruit in the summer months, it is not too late to begin planting them now. Plant yours in a spot that receives full sunlight, either in the garden or in a large pot.
- To thrive, blueberries need a nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. If planting in the garden, mix the native soil with Pike Planting Mix at a 50/50 ratio. This helps break up the hard Georgia red clay and allows for better drainage.
- To protect your berries from birds, cover your blueberry shrub with bird netting as soon as the berries start to appear.
- Blueberries come in many different varieties. A few of the best options for Georgia gardeners are O’Neal blueberries, Burgundy Wild Lowbush blueberries, Top Hat blueberries and Patriot Early Season blueberries. All of these varieties are carried at Pike Nurseries.
- The easiest way to pick your berries is to hold a bucket underneath a cluster in one hand, and gently pull bunches at a time with the other hand. The ripe berries will easily fall off the branches, while the berries that aren’t fully ripened will remain attached to the bush.
- The biggest clue in determining if a berry is ripe is its color. Ripe berries will be plump with a light blue or gray color. If there is still a hint of red in the berry, it isn’t fully ripened yet.
Whether eating them fresh out of the bucket or incorporating them into everyday cooking, gardeners can take full advantage of the fruits of their labor.
Below are two delicious recipe ideas that incorporate blueberries (courtesy of Emily Greer, Personal Chef):
Fresh Blueberry Coffee Cake
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cups butter
¾ cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups blueberries
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup cold butter
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl of stand mixer. When light and fluffy, add egg and mix thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Stir in vanilla and blueberries. Pour into greased and floured 9X9 baking dish. For topping, cut butter into dry ingredients with pastry blender or pulse in food processor until small crumbs form. Sprinkle over top of batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blueberry-Lemon Compote
1 ½ tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
7 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¾ cups buttermilk
1 pint fresh blueberries
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
⅛ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water
Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan and heat to just simmering. Cook until berries turn deep purple. Stir together cornstarch and water in a separate bowl to make a slurry. While berries are simmering, slowly add cornstarch mixture while stirring until desired consistency is reached (you may not use all of it). Compote should be like melted jam. Cool completely and chill.
Soften gelatin in 1 Tbsp. cold water in a medium bowl for about 5 minutes. Warm cream and sugar over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, 3-5 minutes, then stir into bowl with gelatin. Stir in buttermilk, then strain into another bowl. Pour custard among six 8 oz. ramekins and refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours. Serve in ramekins or, to unmold, dip ramekins into a dish of hot water, then flip over onto a chilled plate. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon zest. Serve with your favorite shortbread cookies!
Original article 7/9/12. Updated June 30, 2021..