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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, Al 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    Click here for our Facebook page.
    (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

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Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Dekalb County

  • Bertie K. Burton - - Blueberries
    2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. Open: July-Aug-Sept, Daily 7 am to 7 pm. Directions: Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 34 mile. Farm on left. . Click here for a map and directions. . Henegar, go 5 miles north on AL 75 to 143, turn right, go 3/4 mile. Farm on left.
  • Hardman Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    202 Montecello Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Phone: 256-574-9899. Open: Last week of June thru 2nd week of August 7 days a week, from Sunup to sundown. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: HONOR SYSTEM, Three payment options: Venmo, PayPal, or your can mail a check, payable to Wesley Hardman. . Bring your own containers. (Due to COVID we are not supplying buckets this year.) 2020 Price is $10 per gallon. (ADDED: April 25, 2010,JBS)
  • The Straw House Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984. Phone: 256-634-4150. Email: mitchelldee_r@hotmail.com. Open: from 8 am to 6 pm daily!. Directions: Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 \(which will be on the right\). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Located off of Highway 117, about 4 miles east of Mentone, Alabama. From Highway 117, follow the signs to County Road 639. Go about one mile to County Road 944 (which will be on the right). Come straight down Road 944 to the blueberry farm. Caution: the road is extremely rough; drive very slowly and carefully. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We accept cash or checks only. Please be sure to bring a container with you to carry your berries home. We have gallon jugs for picking or you may bring your own gallon container. No shaking of bushes, please; only hand-picking. Aka "" and "Fall Creek Farm"). (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)

Franklin County

  • Peggy Baker and Norman Fennell - blueberries
    1694 Hwy 57, Hackleburg, AL 35564. Phone: 205-570-4170. Email: nhfennell@gmail.com. Open: June to Aug on Monday to Saturday from Daylight Till Dark. Click here for a map and directions. . US Hwy 43 to CR 16, West to CR 57 S to Patch.

Lauderdale County

  • RT's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, chestnuts, Seedless table grapes, wine grapes, muscadine grapes, pecans , raspberries (Autumn, red), walnuts, Other fruit or veg,
    13164 Highway 101, Lexington, AL 35648. Phone: (256) 229-5361. Email: rtfarmlexington@gmail.com. Open: Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 approximately 1 mile Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Directions: From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 \(approximately 1 mile\) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . From Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 101 Go North on Highway 101 through Lexington, Alabama Turn Right on County Road 488 (approximately 1 mile) Farm is at top of hill immediately on left. Blueberry season: mid May - September Blackberry season: late June - August Nuts: Late summer - October. 2017: Blueberries only through June. Blackberries: June - July. Chestnuts from September - October. 2018: Vineyard will open with remaining nut trees. Call to see what is available: 256-229-5361.

Madison County

  • Harvest Farm Blueberries - blueberries
    297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. Phone: (256) 864-0814. Email: THORN_35810@YAHOO.COM. Open: Please Call for Dates and Hours. Directions: 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church \(Historical Marker\); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . 1 Mile West of Sparkman High School on Ford Chapel Road; Across the Street from Ford Chapel Methodist Church (Historical Marker); Enter Second Gate to Blueberry Field Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Notes: The Best Place to Get Away From it All and Enjoy the Most Wonderful of North Alabama!
  • Mullins Orchard - Blueberries and blackberries
    175 Oscar Patterson Rd, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: (256) 426-7454. Email: billytedmullins@gmail.com. Open: 7 am to 6 pm most days; call ahead. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . The blackberries are thornless and chigger free. We sell cage free chicken eggs.Payment: cash, check, cash app, and PayPal. (ADDED: July 06, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)A visitor writes on July 06, 2018: "Loved it, will definitely be back. This is the son and daughter in law of Bill's Honey Farm. The listing for Bills has their phone number included but it's a separate location across some fields and on another road. Bills Honey Farm only sells honey and does not have u-pick on site. Discovered that this morning when we drove up to the wrong place! We disturbed poor Bill who came out in his bathrobe to help us. There are , though the blackberries aren't out for picking right now. They also clearly have grapevines though don't know if they do upick grapes. There are farm animals on site and the lady of the house offered to introduce my two year old to the goats after we were done picking. She had a blast! "
  • Sherry's Berrries - blueberries,
    1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone: 256-886-3146. Email: gragames1@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 4. Directions: 1 mile N. of Huntsville. Turn onto Countess Road off of Memorial Pkwy. Left if traveling from N. and right if traveling from S. We are approximately 2.5 miles on left after you turn. Mailbox marked. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 256-479-6149. . July-August. Notes: We pick during week and sell to previous and new customers. Call ahead for pricing and pick-up however, please.
  • The Boyd Family Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Local honey from within 50 miles, Fresh eggs, gift shop, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, CSA, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, group reservations
    916 State Line Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750. Phone: (256) 829-5116. Email: theboydfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is from mid June through July; in season, additional hours for picking are Friday and Saturday starting at 7 am; Check our website and facebook for updates as season nears and notices about weather closures. Directions: From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane \(by Walmart\). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, CashApp, PayPal, Venmo.
    The Boyd Family Farm Facebook page. . From NE Hsv on Hwy231, drive north through Hazel Green. Turn left on Charity Lane (by Walmart). Drive for 6 miles. Turn right at stop sign. Stay on Scott Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto State Line Road Drive 1.9 miles. Entrance on left. From Research park, travel North on highway 255 ~2.5 miles. Take exit toward AL-53/Blake Bottom. Turn left onto AL-53N, stay for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Old Railroad Bed Road and continue 7.5 miles. Turn right onto State Line Road and drive 0.6 miles. Entrance on right. Blueberry season is typically June 15 to July 31; Pumpkin days is typically early October; Annual Easter event is planned for the Saturday of the weekend prior to Easter each year;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: March 01, 2024) (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Zook's Orchard - blackberries, blueberries,
    848 Mint Springs Road, New Market, AL 35761. Phone: (256) 541-7013. Email: KT@ZooksOrchard.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Zook's Orchard Facebook page. . If you are looking for a pleasant family-oriented blueberry and wild blackberry picking experience, or a jar of pure honey, you are at the right place. Look around, let us know if you have any questions, and come pay us a visit. We also have honey for sale. (UPDATED: June 25, 2022, JBS) (ADDED: June 06, 2017)

Marshall County

  • Norman & Gaynell Byram - Blueberries
    231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL . Phone: (256) 728-4674. Open: June-Aug, Please call before coming. Directions: Blueberry Lane 3, miles east of Grant. . Click here for a map and directions. . Phone: (256) 728-4245

Morgan County

  • Fagerman Farm - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-654-5386. Email: NANCY.FAGERMAN@GMAIL.COM. Open: June 1-August 30 7 Days A Week Daylight Hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 28, 2020, JBS)
  • Gin House Branch Farm - blueberries,
    1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Phone: 256-466-0655. Email: upick@ghbf.com. Directions: From I-65 exit 334 \(Priceville Decatur Exit\), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and Gin House Branch Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . All Week long, daylight - to - dark for our "HONOR SYSTEM" Pickers! From I-65 exit 334 (Priceville/ Decatur Exit), go East on Alabama highway 67 for one half mile to traffic light at Bethel Road. Go South on Bethel Road for one half mile and is on the left. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September. We May close a field due to some unforeseen condition, so please see our website; Check the website also for approximate ripening dates for all the fruits, berries and vegetables we grow. BLUBERRIES - Mid June through August MUSCADINES - Mid August through September. Notes: Muscadines (eight varieties!). The Premier and Brightwell Cultivars are ripening about the same time this year and are now starting to be ready to be picked. As is our custom, we are opening the field to our EMAIL list customers ONLY to have first dibs on these wonderful berries. The price this year is the same as last year, which is only $ 11.00 for one of our 5-quart buckets, plus $2.00 if you want to take the bucket with you. Please use our buckets to measure your berries since our pricing calibration is based on the size of our buckets only. (In 2017 the price was $15.00) This is a ridiculously low price for the best berries you will ever put in your mouth. Why? Because it appears this is going to be a large crop and I want these berries to be enjoyed by our customers, not birds! (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Mims Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: 256-778-9486. Email: Mimsfarm@outlook.com. Open: from the beginning of July until September Sunrise till sunset Monday through Sunday. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 36 and 67, go East on Highway 36 for one mile. Turn left at Church of Christ onto Antioch Road Go one mile and Farm is on the left. Turn at the sign. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Mims Blueberry Farm . Please, no calls before 7:30am or after 8:30pm. Blueberries are usually available in late June, July and August. (UPDATED: June 25, 2018, JBS)
  • Nancy Fagerman - blueberries
    56 Gilchrist Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. Phone: (256) 654-5386. Email: nancy.fagerman@gmail.com. Open: June 1 - Aug 30, 7 days a week during Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used blueberries,
    196 Wiljoy Road, Laceys Spring, AL 35754. Phone: (256) 261-8193. Email: ourhappyplaceblueberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm to 7 pm plus appointments and alternates check website Our happy place bluberry farm. Directions: From Huntsville travel 15 minutes south on highway 231 from Wal-Mart Turn right at the Wavaho gas station in Laceys Spring onto highway 36. After Lacey spring you will pass Church of Christ and then turn Left onto Dry Creek Road After about a mile and half turn right onto Wiljoy road. Go up the hill we are the third property on the left. Please park in the grass and there will be a short walk down to the blueberries. $3.00 pound U-pick. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . . June through July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It can be quite warm ! Also wear shoes that you can walk around the field in. (ADDED: July 08, 2021)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Huntsville and northern Alabama Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Huntsville and northern Alabama in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.