Once the winter’s cold has passed and another Southern summer begins to heat up, farms all across the state welcome visitors to their fields to pick fresh produce. Alabama farms offer a variety of “U-pick” fruits and vegetables throughout the season, so spend a leisurely day in the country exploring a local farm, picking fresh berries from the bush and letting the juice drip down your chin.
We recommend calling ahead before visiting to confirm hours and availability.
Bee Natural Farm, 9711 Twin Beech Road, Fairhope, (251) 928-4311
In 1987, Gwen Snyder and Phil Strniste started Bee Natural Farm on less than five acres of land, and began growing produce the old-fashioned way. Bee Natural Farm invites visitors to pick their own organically grown blueberries.
Gardner’s Berry Farm, 21909 County Road 68 N., Robertsdale, (251) 960-5317
You’ll be planning your next visit after tasting blackberries from Gardner’s Berry Farm. This farm has almost 500 plants and eight different varieties of berries to pick from.
Culp Fruits, 11624 County Road 51, Jemison, (205) 688-4553
Culp Fruits has offered fresh peaches to locals for more than 50 years. With more than 20 different varieties of peaches, Culp Fruits has multiple pick dates throughout the summer months.
Jim Durbin Farms, 3233 County Road 30, Clanton, (205) 755-4203
The Durbin family has been growing peaches in Clanton since 1940. The farm boasts more than a dozen varieties of Chilton County’s favorite fruit, the peach.
McCraw Farms, 7299 County Road 15, Maplesville, (334) 366-4263
McCraw Peaches offers up more than just peaches. Plums, nectarines, blackberries and blueberries are just a few of the fruits available for U-pick or for purchase already picked.
Miller Blueberry Farm, 9502 County Road 15, Clanton, (205) 755-3681
You can pick blueberries daylight to dark at Miller Blueberry Farm, located nine miles west of Clanton.
Petals from the Past, 16034 County Road 29, Jemison, (205) 646-0069
Petals from the Past is known for heirloom shrubs, antique roses and other perennial flowers in addition to having produce throughout each season. Blackberries, blueberries, figs and more are available for U-pick.
Sugar Hill Farms, 3358 County Road 59, Verbena, (205) 389-3079
Sugar Hill Farm specializes in delicious strawberries available already picked or for U-pick.
Sunshine Farms, 3233 County Road 30, Clanton, (205) 755-4203
Operated on Sunshine Farms, U-Pick Strawberry Patch offers ripe and juicy strawberries during the summer season.
Little Sweets Strawberry Farm, 3204 Willow Creek Road, Dothan, (334) 618-8365
The freshest and sweetest strawberries await at Little Sweets Strawberry Farm.
Bear Mountain Blueberry Farm, 8227 Clayton Road, Springville, (205) 681-8656
People travel from far and near to pick blueberries from Bear Mountain Blueberry Farm. From June to August, visitors pay $5 for a gallon of berries.
Blue Willow Farms, 336 John Cross Road, Toney, (256) 503-4855
Open mid-June through late August, Blue Willow Farms invites visitors to pick their own blueberries. The farm is located less than an hour away from downtown Huntsville.
Mary Mac Farm, 2060 Dug Hill Road, Brownsboro, (256) 534-5328
With more than 1,200 blueberry bushes on two acres of land, Mary Mac Farm offers U-pick blueberries as well as blackberries.
Ken Buck Farms, 7701 Ken Buck Road, Irvington, (251) 824-2838
Ken Buck Farms not only offers delicious peaches, but corn, purple hull peas, pecans and satsumas are also available for picking during the summer months.
Betty’s Berry Farm, 3887 Driskell Loop Road N., Wilmer, (251) 649-1711
Betty’s Berry Farm has provided U-pick blueberries to the public for 21 years. Berries are $1.50 a pound and all you can eat in the field.
Chickasabogue Vineyards, 7000 Old Gulfcrest Road, Citronelle, (251) 866-5600
Chickasabogue Vineyards is a family business that began in 1980 in the small town of Citronelle and has continued to grow. They offer U-pick scuppernongs and muscadines in late August.
Gin House Branch Farm, 1579 Bethel Road S., Decatur
For more than 10 years, Gin House Branch Farm has grown various berry crops. Since 2004, the farm has been exclusively a U-pick enterprise and welcomes visitors to pick their fresh blueberries and muscadine grapes.
Leavelle’s Berries, 17952 Foxfire Road, Buhl, (205) 339-7723
During the summer, Leavelle’s Berries invites visitors to pick blueberries at their farm, located less than an hour away from the University of Alabama campus.
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