Pick Your Own Berries at a Georgia Farm

IMG_2501Our cafeteria Farm to School programs are meant to educate the kids about the value of eating locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables:

1. Their nutrient content is higher because they ripen on the plant

2. They reduce your carbon footprint by not having been shipped cross-country

3. They build the local economy (and local public school system) by keeping money in-state, and keep local farmers in business.

What better way to learn this than to put the kids to work picking their own locally grown food? Georgia berries are coming in to season, starting with strawberries this month, and next blueberries in June.

If you’re not growing them at home, a great online resource is PickYourOwn.org, where you can see exactly what a farm is growing by county, as well as find picking/canning/storing tips. Farms listed in GREEN use natural or organic growing methods (so kids don’t have to pick in pesticide-sprayed fields). Always call ahead, because weather conditions affect crops and farm open hours. Most provide collection buckets, but check to make sure you don’t need to bring your own containers.

Two farms you’ll find at PickYourOwn.org that use natural growing practices are:

Lone Oak Farm, 7633 Forrest Road, Grantville, GA (about 1 hour South of Dunwoody) – strawberries, Vidalia onions (7 for $5), blueberries

DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm, 1839 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (about 30 minutes Northeast of Dunwoody) – blueberries ($10 a gallon), cows/goats for the kids to feed, vegetables from their garden

If you have a favorite local PYO farm, please share it below in the comments – and happy picking!IMG_2509

2 responses to “Pick Your Own Berries at a Georgia Farm

  1. Even though we are no longer attending Chesnut I still love following all the wonderful ecological things you all are doing there. With the passing of Dr. Reid, I started to think what an appropriate tribute would be for him and I had an idea I wanted to share. The “mud and weed” circle that the buses drive around each day was always an eyesore that bothered me during our many years at Chesnut. I know the ants love to build their castles there, but wouldn’t it make a great place for some boxwoods surrounding perennial wildflowers? It seems fitting that the Dr. Richard Reid Circle” should be as beautiful as the man it was named for. This could be a great project for the ecology club and the Clean & Beautiful Committee to take on jointly. I would love to help, too! Just a thought…

    Best Regards,

    Laney McClure

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  2. Laney, thank you for keeping an eye on our activities, and for the thoughtful suggestion, which I will share with our Clean & Beautiful parents. Dr. Reid became a supporter of Farm to School and Ecology Club activities last school year, and I was just remembering our last conversation this fall. He was visiting the school and stopped me in the hall to inquire about his fall/winter garden. I hope he got to enjoy the fruits of those plantings. Parents and children alike certainly benefited from his encouragement and thoughtful guidance, he will be missed.

    Angela Renals, Ecology Club Parent Sponsor

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