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Families can pick fresh strawberries from local farm

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan LeAnn Taylor shows a freshly picked strawberry to her son North, 3, with her 5 month-old daughter November, while visiting Washington Farms in Loganville Thursday. Depending on the crop the 8 acre farm plans to stay open until early June.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan LeAnn Taylor shows a freshly picked strawberry to her son North, 3, with her 5 month-old daughter November, while visiting Washington Farms in Loganville Thursday. Depending on the crop the 8 acre farm plans to stay open until early June.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan A bucket of freshly picked strawberries from Washington Farms in Loganville.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Renee Fletcher and her grandson Justin Wiedenhaefer, 3, search for the perfect strawberries at Washington Farms in Loganville Thursday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Locals await to pay for their buckets of freshly picked strawberries at Washington Farms in Loganville Thursday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Leif Luchauer, 2, holds up a handful of freshly picked strawberries while visiting the Washington Farms with three generations of his family in Loganville Thursday.

LOGANVILLE -- Lawrenceville residents Tabitha Henderson and Amy Bailey had it all planned out: take their sons out to Washington Farms and enjoy a nice picnic after picking strawberries.

And that's exactly what they did. But not until after Peyton Henderson, 5, and Brandon Bailey, 4, had a little fun first.

Washington Farms, located off Ga. Highway 20, is in the middle of strawberry season. With the end of the season in mid-June, hundreds of locals like Henderson and Bailey make treks to the farm to enjoy in family fun.

"Bringing the kids makes it a lot of fun," Bailey said. "It's a good value here, compared to the stores."

The farm charges $10 a gallon, plus $1 for their container to use. Patrons go out on the farm and pick their own strawberries that they can take home.

"We love seeing families out here, especially ones with little kids," farm manager Garrett Rice said. "We'll see some of them come up with strawberry juice all over their face and we'll ask them if they ate any. They looked shocked like how did we know."

Rice, who has been working on the farm for eight years, said to get ready for strawberry season the work begins in October when they plant the strawberries. In early March, they start to bloom as the farm winterizes the plants to keep them safe from the elements.

Come mid-April, they're ready to pick for the next two months.

"We run it through mid-June because by that time it's hot outside and the plants get fried," Rice said. "It's a fun job and isn't the same thing every day."

For Henderson, the fact that the strawberries have a lot of uses for her family makes a difference.

"I can freeze them, make jam, cakes, pies, ice cream and more," she said. "It's a good family experience for everyone."

The Loganville location only does strawberries from mid-April to mid-June, but the main location in Watkinsville will also do blueberries, blackberries and pumpkins through the fall.

For more information on the farm, visit www.washingtonfarms.net or call 706-769-0627.

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Washington Farms Loganville location

Washington Farms Loganville location

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kevin 11 months, 1 week ago

Why do folks prefer to buy store strawberries from calif, Fla, an other places when they can go here and pick fresh strawberries from Ga? Best deal around.

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