Strawberry season screams “SPRING!” The bright colors and delicious smells are a welcome relief after winter. Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia offers both pre-picked and you-pick strawberries and so many ways to enjoy the season. Here are some hints to help you make the most of your strawberry picking experience.
1. Bring Your Own Bucket
Save a dollar if you bring your own bucket. Southern Belle Farm will provide you with a one gallon bucket (or more) for your picking convenience. After you have finished picking the berries you can empty them into your own container or keep the picking bucket for $1.00.
2. Weekends Are Even More Fun
There is no bad time to go strawberry picking at Southern Belle Farm, but the weekends come with some additional activities. After you have filled your bucket in the strawberry fields, move to the activity side of the farm. Meet the farm animals at Belle’s Barn, ride the cow train, take a hayride and so much more for $8/person. There is no admission to pick berries, you just pay for the berries you pick.
3. Try Freshly Prepared Desserts at the Market
If you miss your chance to visit the country market, you’ll miss the homemade strawberry ice cream and homemade strawberry shortcake, and that would be tragic. These sweets are so good they taste like grandma made them! Kathy Carter, known around the farm as Mimi, is in fact a grandmother and is the one responsible for all the sweet treats. A full menu is available on the weekends, while sweet treats are available every day.
4. The Farm Serves as a Great Photo Backdrop
Southern Belle Farm knows how to set the stage for the perfect photo. Not only is the farm beautiful, but they have photo stations scattered throughout the farm. Let everyone know where you picked your strawberries using the strawberry cutout bench as your background or climb up on a HUGE rocking chair to declare that “Southern Belle Rocks.” Whether you go with little ones or just with friends, Southern Belle has the perfect place to capture the memory.
5. Choose the Right Attire for Your Visit
Wear comfortable shoes – you are on a farm after all. With 330-acres there is a lot of ground to cover, much of it gravel, fields and dirt roads so choose your best walking shoes. You wouldn’t want improper footwear sidelining you from all the adventure. Spring in Georgia can be unpredictable so be sure to check the weather before you go and dress appropriately.
6. Picking a Perfectly Ripened Strawberry
Word to the wise – only pick berries that are completely red! Strawberries do not ripen after they are picked. For the best tasting berries select only those that are a vibrant red from tip to stem.
For other springtime ideas, check out 10 Ways to Enjoy Springtime in Henry County.