By Sydia Bell

Buying fruits and vegetables at a local market is one way to make sure you’re getting the most freshly-picked produce, but did you know you can pick your own?

The people at PickYourOwn.org have compiled a list of local U-pick farms in Georgia and the surrounding area. The Adam’s Farm in Fayetteville, for example, is a family owned operation that has specialized in fresh-picked produce for over three generations. Opening its doors in 1977, John Adams and his son, Marvin, primarily sold collards and turnip greens. Since then, the family business has expanded and now offers a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Sorted by county and updated daily, PickYourOwn.org provides visitors with the name, address, phone number and website (if applicable) of all U-pick farms in the area. They also feature a variety of resources from crop calendars, tips for picking, consumer recommendations, to easy canning directions. So, the blueberries, strawberries and blackberries that are currently in season and available through the summer months can be made into a homemade jam or jelly.

Pick Your Own farms aren’t just open during the summer months either. PickYourOwn.org also highlights local Christmas tree farms, pumpkin patches and corn mazes which provide fun and affordable activities year-round that can be enjoyed by all. Make sure to call ahead to confirm all posted information. Farms listed are independently owned and may close, run out of product or change event times without prior notice.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.