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Corn U-Pick Orchards in South Carolina - Abbeville and Laurens in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for corn that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have corn 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!

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Abbeville County

  • Antreville Farms and Flowers - corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes,
    236 Keowee Road, Iva, SC 29655. Phone: 864-642-8268. Email: rog1376_2000@yahoo.com. Open: starting April 2nd we well be open 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday from 9:am until 7:pm closed on Sunday. Directions: from Anderson, South Carolina, take highway 28 south toward Abbeville go 11 miles past Eddies Minute Mart until you reach Keowee road which well be on your left. Turn left on Keowee road, go quarter of a mile the farm is on the right you well see the farm sign and the greenhouses. From Abbeville take highway 28 north toward Anderson go 11 miles until you see Keowee road on your right; turn right on Keowee; we well be quarter mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, SFMNP Vouchers. . . Tomato plants and other vegetable plants well be ready for sale on good Friday April 2,2010; our produce well be ready to pick as soon as they come in starting with summer squash by 1st week in May well probably be in full bloom on all other vegetables by 2nd week in June.

Laurens County

  • Stewarts Farm - U Pick Strawberries, corn maze, pumpkins, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    6600 Hwy 92, Enroee, SC 29335. Phone: 864-969-7270. Email: stewartfarms@prtcnet.com. Open: April-May, we have UPIK strawberries, Please call ahead for availability of crops. Directions: From Greenville - Take I385 to exit 16 highway 101 - Gray CourtWoodruff, turn left on 101 toward Woodruff, approx. 4 miles turn right on Bramlett Church Road, approx. 4 miles to stop sign, turn left on highway 92, farm 12 mile on right. >From Spartanburg - Take I26 to highway 221 exit \(at the new Dorman High\), turn right toward Woodruff, go through Woodruff and Enoree to Lanford, turn right on highway 92, farm 2 miles on left. >From Columbia - Take I26 to I385 toward Greenville, take highway 221 exit \(at Wal-mart Distr. Center\), turn right toward Woodruff, go through Ora to Lanford, turn left on highway 92, farm 2 miles on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash or Check. . From Greenville - Take I385 to exit 16 highway 101 - Gray Court/Woodruff, turn left on 101 toward Woodruff, approx. 4 miles turn right on Bramlett Church Road, approx. 4 miles to stop sign, turn left on highway 92, farm 1/2 mile on right. >From Spartanburg - Take I26 to highway 221 exit (at the new Dorman High), turn right toward Woodruff, go through Woodruff and Enoree to Lanford, turn right on highway 92, farm 2 miles on left. >From Columbia - Take I26 to I385 toward Greenville, take highway 221 exit (at Wal-mart Distr. Center), turn right toward Woodruff, go through Ora to Lanford, turn left on highway 92, farm 2 miles on left. Our strawberries make springtime pickin a family tradition May until early June. We provide containers for your pickin pleasure. Blackberries and Summer Produce (June-Aug) Call for availability. Blackberries are grown on trellises, with grassed walks between the rows. This makes our berries easy to pick, even with a few thorns. We have seven varieties, with harvest dates ranging from mid-June to August. Please call for availability! We provide gallon containers for picking. Our summer produce is grown right here on the farm for optimum freshness. No UPIK available for summer produce; which is Cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, pepper, watermelon, and okra (and boy do my kids love to pick okra!!!!!!!!). These are available at various times during the season. Visit our honey bee observatory and see our hard-working friends doing what they do best. In the spring, April-May, we have our fully stocked greenhouse with annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and more. In the fall, late Sept.-Oct. come pick your own pumpkins, navigate our Maize, take a wagon ride, and more! A local, family owned farm that started in 1993 with our first strawberry patch.We grow..SPRING: fresh strawberries, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, bedding plants, annuals, and perennialsSUMMER: we take our produce to local farmers marketsFALL: UPIK pumpkin patch, 8 acre SC maze, wagon rides, farm animalsWINTER: poinsettias

 

Corn

Corn Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Corn, just picked

Corn reaches it's peak sweetness and flavor when the kernels are full, and just touching each other, like a good set of teeth!  They should not be bloated and smushed so tightly that there is no space left at all. The bloated overripe ears will have a bland, starchy taste.

Here's what to look for:

  • The tips of the silks coming out of the ear should be a light brown.
  •  If you break a kernel with your fingernail, the liquid should be slightly milky in color.
  •  The ears should be filled out and have developed good girth but not bloated.

Harvesting

 To harvest, snap off the ears by hand with a quick, firm, downward push; then twist and pull. A perfect shucked ear of corn
 Avoid twisting or yanking the ears, as this can damage the stalk or the ear itself.

Storing the corn

Corn is at its prime eating quality on the stalk for only 72 hours before becoming over mature. The most important factor is cooling it as soon as possible after harvesting it.  Get it into the fridge or cover it with ice! Many farmers say you should remove the shucks right away, too.  I've found that removing most of the shuck, but leaving a few leaves to cover each ear is best to prevent the kernels from drying out.  See this page for more about storing corn before using it.

Cooking:

The worst mistake people make is overcooking corn.  In fact, corn isn't really cooked; it's just heated up. If you cook it form more than a few minutes (3 minutes), then you are simply breaking down the sugars and turning a nice, crisp sweet ear into bland mush. It's not a pot roast; the purpose of heating it is NOT to break down the cells, just to heat them to bring out the flavor and melt the butter!

Here's how to cook the corn:shucked corn

  1. Fill a large pot (large enough so the shucked ears can fit inside, laying down) about 2/3 full of water and start bring it to a boil
  2. Shuck the ears, and snap off the stalk end and the very tip of ear (especially if you will use "corn stickers" , (handles) to hold the ears.
  3. When everyone is sitting down at the table and you are serving the rest of the meal, put the corn in the boiling water and set the time for 3 minutes.
  4. After 3 minutes, using tongs, retrieve the ears and serve them with butter (Corn boats are wonderful for corn!

 

Freezing Corn

You can easily freeze the sweet corn and have that great taste in the dead of winter! 

Canning Corn

This too, is easy... but it DOES require a Pressure Canner.  You cannot safely do this with a water bath canner.  Food poisoning is no joke!

Other corn recipes

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