Blueberry Picking Patches Around Columbia

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Although we are halfway through summer already (gasp!) it’s not too late to enjoy some “pick your own” action.

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 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.

City Roots

Items Available: Blackberries, Blueberries and Genovese Basil

Address: 1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia  29205

Phone Number: 803-254-2302

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Additional Details: Pick as much of their certified organic crops and only pay for what you want to take home. They have the only certified organic (and thornless!) blackberries in Columbia! No pesticides used. Farm includes a picnic area, farm animals, bees for honey and pollination, and more. They grow approximately 125 varieties of fruits and vegetables, so check their website monthly for what’s in season.

Double-A Farms

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 5412 Bluff Rd, Columbia 29609

Phone Number: 803-312-1327

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday – Thursday – Open by appointment for groups of 8 or more (call for appointment); Season ends around August 15

Additional Details: U-pick and pre-picked blueberries available.

O’B Joyful Farm

Items Available: Blueberries

Address: 1247 Lorenzo Davis Road, Eastover 29044

Phone Number: 803-556-9700; alternate number 803-361-3184.

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Additional Details: Certified SC Grown. Cash only.

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: U-pick and already picked blueberries available, as well as their famous blueberry popsicles! Picnic area on-site. No pets allowed. Cash only.

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I also like Lever Farms. They are in Newberry County, but they are right off of 26, so it isn’t a bad drive for some. They have u-pick strawberries and u-pick blackberries. We love them

  2. FYI I called the number listed for Harmony Hills and a very annoyed gentleman answered said they don’t operate that farm anymore and asked if we’d please stop calling. 🙂

    • Oh no! It might be because this is a pretty old post. We’ll be sure to take to number off. I’m sure that is super annoying! Thanks for letting us know!

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