Blueberry Picking Patches Around Columbia

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Personally, I think there’s nothing better than fresh fruit and veggies straight off the farm. Since I am completely inept at growing my own produce, it’s a relief to know there are farms locally that do all the hard work for me. I can just take the children and enjoy the fruits of their labor … literally.

In May we enjoyed several pounds of fresh strawberries. SOME places have strawberries still, but now is the season for blueberries, peaches, and other yummy summer fruits and veggies.

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Strawberry Picking at Cottle Farms!
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Strawberry Picking (and eating!) at Cottle Farms!

Just recently we went blueberry picking. This is the perfect time for them! They are big, juicy, and sweet. I now have a freezer full of blueberries for my smoothie addiction. Or muffins. Or blueberry pancakes.

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Yummm … homemade pancakes with freshly picked blueberries!

So by this point, you should be thinking: how do I get a piece of that action?

I’ve compiled a list of local farms in and around Lexington and Richland counties, but there are farms all over South Carolina. Be sure to visit Pick Your Own – South Carolina for a complete listing of places all over the state to gather your own produce.

Tip: Always call or visit the farm’s website to confirm information before you go. They may close for the season, run out of a certain item or change their open and closing times. Nothing is worse than planning a fun trip for the family only to find things aren’t as you expected when you arrive (or worse, not open at all so you have to turn around and drive home empty-handed).

Berry Hill Farm

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 219 Bluefield Road, Lexington 29073

Phone Number: 803-957-4203 (Please don’t call late at night or on Sundays)

Open: Monday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to dark. Closed Sunday. The season opened June 18 and generally runs until the first or second week of August. (Call 803-957-4203 or visit their website to verify the exact end of season date. Please don’t call late at night or on Sundays.)

Additional Details: This is an old home place with a very old barn. Allowing children to pick fruit is a great experience, as well as seeing what a farm is all about. It is recommended to wear shoes and socks rather than sandals for picking. Do not wear sunglasses, as it is difficult to see the blueberries with these on. No need to bring a bucket (they are provided). Cash or check only (no cards). 

O’B Joyful Farm

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 1247 Lorenzo Davis Road, Eastover 29044

Phone Number: 803-402-3779

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (call or visit their website to verify open)

Additional Details: O’B Joyful Farm is open to the public every summer for its famously delicious blueberries. The season begins around the third week in June and continues through the beginning of August. Enjoy free pesticide, freshly picked blueberries! Certified SC Grown. Cash only. U-pick or pre-picked options. 

Southern Blues

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 218 E Boundary Street, Chapin 29036

Phone Number: 803-360-7483

Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Call 803-360-7483 to verify the exact season end date.)

Additional Details: Opening date June 24. Due to COVID-19 they have the honor system set up on the porch of the farm building for you to weigh your berries and pay for them in a dropbox. Please follow CDC guidelines for your health and safety.

Open for pickers only! Pre-picks will NOT be available at this time. Bags will be on the porch of the building for you to grab and go. Please practice social distancing on the farm (remain 6 feet apart from other pickers). Cost will be $1.75 per pound (like usual). Payment: CASH & CHECKS ONLY!

Smith Blueberry Farm

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 341 Holley Ferry Road, Leesville 29020

Phone Number: 803-532-6219

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 8 p.m., Sunday 5 – 8 p.m.

Additional Details: The orchard is open for u-pick throughout the harvest, but since different varieties ripen at different times in the season, we recommend calling ahead before your visit to ensure availability. Dress for the heat, bring lots of water, and enjoy the natural beauty of the farm! Pesticide-free and totally delicious! Preorder available June 10 – August 10. U-pick open June 12. $18/gallon U-pick, $25/gallon prepicked.

Know of a farm not listed? Tell us about it and we’ll add it to the list! 

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Alexa Bigwarfe is a mother to 3 wildlings who keep her on her toes. She is an advocate, activist, speaker, author & author coach, publisher, and podcaster. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old and she turned to writing for healing. Since then, she has used her writing platform for advocacy and activism to support mothers, children, and marginalized voices. She began a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, to provide support, care, healing retreats, and grief recovery to mothers in their most difficult time. She is the creator and co-host of the Lose the Cape podcast, which features moms working to make a difference in their children's lives and has co-authored and published four volumes under the Lose the Cape brand. Her primary business is Write|Publish|Sell, a company dedicated to shepherding authors through the massive process of writing and publishing their books like a pro. She owns her own publishing house, Kat Biggie Press, and a children's book publishing company, Purple Butterfly Press - both dedicated to bringing stories of hope, inspiration, encouragement, and girl-power to the world. Learn more at alexabigwarfe.com.

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