A few readers have asked where they can find “you-pick” or “pick your own” places along the Grand Strand area. They’re talking about the orchards and farms where families can go pick fresh produce and fruits right off the tree or vine. This is so much fun to do, and it’s a great way to enjoy fresh air and sunshine together as a family. The challenge is that this is seasonal, and not all produce shares the same season, of course!
For years I only knew of a few places nearby that offered “you-pick”. With the help of a few friends, readers, and the internet, I’ve found some local farms that welcome their customers to pick fruit from their fields. Some of them require an appointment, so be sure you visit their websites or give them a call before you plan your day.
Many of the farms in this area have enhanced the berry-picking experience by giving tours and educational events. Some include picnic and play areas.
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Lynn’s Berries, 3291 Highway 19 in Conway, has strawberries that at are ready to be picked!
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What are the you-pick seasons in the Grand Strand area?
One thing we’ve learned after listing fun agricultural activities like you-pick fruits and produce and sunflower fields for several years is that seasons don’t always follow our expectations.
Too much or too little rain, sun, cold snaps, and certainly tropical storms and hurricanes can often affect when the you-pick crops are ready. But there are some general time frames you can expect to grab your buckets and mud-shoes and get out to the you-pick farms! Here is what we know, but of course you would get the best advice asking the grower at each of the you-pick locations we’ve listed below.
Spring and early summer – you-pick berries! Strawberries come first, usually in May, followed by blueberries, then blackberries. You can bet that as my family heads home from berry picking, we’re stopping at the super market for some vanilla ice cream. Nothing is better than freshly picked berries and ice cream.
Late Summer – Peaches start ripening as we approach the new school year – as long as a late spring freeze didn’t wipe out the tender blossoms. Sunflowers may begin budding as early as July, and some sunflower fields are ready for us to “agri-tour” by August. Apples may be ready for picking in August as well.
Fall – Apples, late sunflowers, and pumpkins can all be enjoyed in the fall!
Spring and summer berry picking
Spring and early summer are when the time is ripe for you-pick berries around Myrtle Beach: strawberries first, then blueberries, blackberries. Strawberry-picking season seems to go by in a flash, so pause when you’re making your summer plans and get this spring activity on the schedule quickly.
Here are you-pick farms near us that offer berry-picking.
Bruce’s Blueberries is a premier farm serving the Conway, South Carolina Area with fresh wholesome locally grown Blackberries, Blueberries.
141 Rainbow Road Conway, SC 29526
Bluefield Blueberry Farm
950 W Dogwood Road Loris, SC 29569
Seasonal Produce/Pick your own strawberries / Farm Tour’s
5700 Privetts Road
Conway, SC 29526
What’s life like on a real farm?
Freewoods Farms is a 40-acre living farm museum replicating life on small southern family farms between 1865-1960. They grow Sugar Cane and make Syrup, also many vegetables, corn, sweet potatoes and peanuts.
4347 SC-9, Loris, SC 29569
4800 Highway 378 Conway, SC 29527
3291 Highway 19 Conway, SC 29526
1542 Hickman Rd NW, Calabash, NC 28467
Cottle Strawberry Farm
3712 W. Palmetto St Florence, SC 29501
Peach and Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, and more
Mid-summer is when you can start picking your own peaches in South Carolina. What a delectable treat! We also do have some apple orchards with you-pick apples and a few pumpkin farms around our area.