When the pollen falls like snow across the Palmetto State, you know it’s u-pick berry season. After much anticipation, South Carolina strawberry season is in full bloom. U-pick strawberry patches are bustling from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
Agritourism farmers invite locals and visitors alike to pick their own berries and fill their own buckets for a little on-the-farm fun. If you’re looking for less DIY, most farms have stands with pre-picked berries available for purchase.
You can find a u-pick strawberry farm near you at UPickSC.com. Later this season, check back for u-pick blueberry and peach farms, too. With over 500 agrotourism farms across South Carolina, there are all kinds of family friendly, fun activities for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for agrotourism activities you can enjoy year round, keep your eye out for offerings like goat yoga, alpaca visits, horseback riding, and more.
When buying locally grown produce, you never have to go far as our state has 25,000 farms covering 5 million acres. And, the Certified South Carolina program, established by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture under Commissioner Hugh Weathers, connects consumers with farmers in their area to shorten the distance between the field and your plate.
South Carolina shoppers can look for “Certified South Carolina” produce and products at roadside stands, farmers markets, and grocery stores in their areas. And, for hungry consumers eager to eat out, taste delicious options from South Carolina’s farmers without the cooking and cleaning at a Fresh on the Menu restaurant, which is committed to serving Certified South Carolina products!
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Amber Chase