We often hear from readers looking for u-pick farms now that the u-pick strawberries & blackberries are over for the season at @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) in Savannah.
So we were thrilled to spy Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Is. while en route to Hunting Island State Park recently. Now picking at Dempsey Farms: tomatoes, sweet corn, bell pepper, cantaloupe, eggplant, watermelons and flowers. Special on canning red ripes. Please bring own containers for u-pick canning tomatoes.
Call(843) 838-3656 after 9am for daily updates on picking conditions. UPDATE: Dempsey Farms is closed for the Summer 2013 picking season & reopens in October 2013)
Dempsey Farms is located on Hwy 21 south 11 miles east of Beaufort. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dempsey Farms is a working family farm growing what they sell. Availability of vegetables may be limited at times due to weather conditions. For a farm fresh experience stop by and pick with Dempsey Farms.
This would be a great daytrip to pair with a visit to the The Kazoo Factory museum tours in Beaufort, S.C. & visit to the lighthouse at Hunting Island near Beaufort. Info on Hunting Island here.
Dempsey Farms U Pick, 1576 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC, (843) 838-3656, Hours this week: 9am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday
Other u-pick farms in the area:
Boone Hall Farms (Closed for the summer 2013 season)
U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant.
When/what: June, blackberries and blueberries; mid-June-October, tomatoes; August-September, muscadines.
Information: 843-856-5366; http://boonehallfarms.com/about.php
Baldwin Grape Vineyard (picking season starts at the end of August)
6517 Savannah Highway (US 17)
Ravenel, South Carolina 29470
843.889.2769 / 843.889.3034