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Cucumber U-Pick Orchards in Northern Georgia in 2024, by county

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

  • Cedar Hill Farms - beans, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, and prepicked produce
    274 Cedar Hill Drive SW, Calhoun, GA 30701. Phone: 706-629-5400. Email: benmar519@aol.com. Open: Weds. Directions: national guard armory take hwy156 toward Rosedale, one mile on left New Zion church turn left, first road on left, look for long white fence on left.... . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Fax: 706-629-6151. . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October, November. to Friday 830am to 700pm.Saturday 800am to 500pm Fax orders 24 hrs a day 706-629-6151 e-mail orders, questions, email request 24 hrs, mention Cedar Hill.
  • Payne Farms - beans, cucumbers, eggplants, flowers, melons, peas, peppers, pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes, daylilies in June; black-eyed peas, okra, cabbage, greens, collards, Honey from hives on the farm, and prepicked produce
    336 Salem Road, Calhoun, GA 30701. Phone: 770-878-2005. Email: Info@paynefarmandproduce.com. Open: Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . from the intersection of GA 53 and US Highway 41 in Calhoun, travel south o US 41 bout 2 miles and turn right on Salem Road Market is .2 miles on the left. From Adairsville, travel north o US Highway 41 to Salem Road and turn left Market is .2miles on the left. Some containers available. Several old-fashioned high-flavor varieties. Farmers Market offering locally grown & pick your own produce. Come "Fall Down on Payne Farm" Weekends in October! Fall Activities and Farmer's Market Haunted Hayrides, Pumpkins, Produce, and more!(UPDATED: July 20, 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: May 13, 2013)

Towns County

  • Enota Mountain Retreat Organic Farm - ORGANIC, White Sweetcorn, asparagus, red and green okra, swiss chard, basil, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, purple potatoes, regular potatoes, carrots, pickled cucumbers, cucumbers, romain lettuce, sweet potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, field peas, sugar pod peas, green beans, blueberries, gooseberries, restrooms, gift shop, picnic area, pumpkins (brought in from the field), pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    1000 hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Phone: 706-896-9966. Email: enota@enota.com. Open: 8 am to 5 Pm winter season 8 am to 9 pm spring through fall. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx . Enota also operates as a certified organic farm and has over 300 family friendly animals \(chickens, bunnies, goats, cows, horses, and more\) on our farm. Adults and children are welcome to help with our daily feedings. The duck pond in front of the lodge is extremely popular and everyone has fun feeding the ducks. Help feed the animals, milk the cows, and gather the eggs - fun for the kids! Meet at the farm at 4 pm daily. As part of Enota charter, we are also an educational and charitable facility. Adults and children can visit our organic garden, hydroelectric power plant, Cherokee ceremonial area and animal sanctuary to learn more about the heritage of this land and sustainability. Enota is based on shared ecological and social values and Rudolph Steiners biodynamic agricultural principals. Working with the principle of not taking more from the Earth than one gives back. Special Fun Enota Activities March 15 - November 30 Meals Healthy & freshly prepared with products from our organic garden Breakfast - Sundays 8:30 am - 10 am \(please sign-up for dinners at the Lodge\) Goats, Ducks, Doves, Chickens, Horses & Bunnies Feeding Daily 4 pm. at farm - No charge Feed available for purchase at the Lodge Organic Farm Tour Daily 4 pm. at farm - No charge Milk our cows & goats and pick fresh eggs Campfire & Marshmallow Roast \(weather permitting\) Fridays 8:30 pm in front of the Lodge - No charge Bring your musical instruments and good stories. Marshmallows Provided! Our camp store has chocolate & graham crackers for S\'mores Hayrides \(weather permitting\) Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm - $1.00 per person Meet at the Lodge & pick ups all around the park Bonfire \(weather permitting\) Saturdays 9 pm Meet at the Big Circle in the family tenting area Organic Produce Freshly picked from our garden For sale at the Lodge. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx . . . See their website for directions. Enota also operates as a certified organic farm and has over 300 family friendly animals (chickens, bunnies, goats, cows, horses, and more) on our farm. Adults and children are welcome to help with our daily feedings. The duck pond in front of the lodge is extremely popular and everyone has fun feeding the ducks. Help feed the animals, milk the cows, and gather the eggs - fun for the kids! Meet at the farm at 4 pm daily. As part of Enota charter, we are also an educational and charitable facility. Adults and children can visit our organic garden, hydroelectric power plant, Cherokee ceremonial area and animal sanctuary to learn more about the heritage of this land and sustainability. Enota is based on shared ecological and social values and Rudolph Steiners biodynamic agricultural principals. Working with the principle of not taking more from the Earth than one gives back. Special Fun Enota Activities March 15 - November 30 Meals Healthy & freshly prepared with products from our organic garden Breakfast - Sundays 8:30 am - 10 am (please sign-up for dinners at the Lodge) Goats, Ducks, Doves, Chickens, Horses & Bunnies Feeding Daily 4 pm. at farm - No charge Feed available for purchase at the Lodge Organic Farm Tour Daily 4 pm. at farm - No charge Milk our cows & goats and pick fresh eggs Campfire & Marshmallow Roast (weather permitting) Fridays 8:30 pm in front of the Lodge - No charge Bring your musical instruments and good stories. Marshmallows Provided! Our camp store has chocolate & graham crackers for S'mores Hayrides (weather permitting) Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm - $1.00 per person Meet at the Lodge & pick ups all around the park Bonfire (weather permitting) Saturdays 9 pm Meet at the Big Circle in the family tenting area Organic Produce Freshly picked from our garden For sale at the Lodge. Enota Mountain Retreat Facebook page. (Updated by a visitor, ADDED: February 07, 2011)

 

Cucumber

Cucumber Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Pickling cucumbers - good vs. overripe

When it comes to selecting cucumbers at a farm, there are a few key tips to keep in mind to ensure you choose the best ones. Here are two to three paragraphs of guidance to help you make the right selection:

1. Look for firmness and texture: The first thing you should check is the firmness and texture of the cucumber. Gently squeeze the cucumber to determine its firmness. A good cucumber should feel firm but not rock-hard. Avoid cucumbers that are overly soft or mushy, as these are signs of deterioration. Additionally, examine the skin texture. It should be smooth and shiny, without any wrinkles or blemishes. A uniformly colored skin is also an indicator of a fresh cucumber .The top cucumber in the photo is an overripe pickling cucumber.  The bottom cucumber is perfect!

2. Smaller size is better: Cucumbers come in various sizes and shapes, so it ultimately depends on your personal preference. However, there are a few general guidelines to follow.
Choose slicing cucumbers that are about 6 to 8 inches long, as they tend to have a better flavor and texture.
Burpless cucumbers may be much longer . Pickling cucumbers should be smaller, like 4 to 5 inches.
Avoid extremely large cucumbers, as they can be tough and have large seeds. In terms of shape, look for cucumbers that are straight and cylindrical. Avoid ones that are excessively curved or have bulges, as they may have developed irregularities during growth.

3. Look for dark color and freshness: The color of the cucumber can provide valuable information about its freshness. Ideally, cucumbers should have a vibrant green color, indicating that they are ripe and freshly harvested. Avoid cucumbers that have a dull or yellowish color, (like the top cucumber in the photo) as this could be a sign of overripeness or age. Additionally, check the stem end of the cucumber. It should be fresh-looking and not shriveled or dried out. A fresh cucumber will have a crisp snap when broken, while a stale one may feel limp or bend without resistance.

Cucumber Varieties

There are many types of cucumbers so it is important to select the  right type for your purpose.

1. Pickling Cucumbers: Pickling cucumbers are specifically cultivated for making pickles. They are smaller in size, have a firm texture, and a slightly bumpy or knobby skin. Pickling cucumbers often have a more concentrated flavor, making them ideal for preserving in brine or vinegar. Gherkins are simply very small (1.5 to 2.5 inch long immature pickling cucumbers.

2. Slicing Cucumbers: Slicing cucumbers are the most common type of cucumber found in grocery stores. They are typically larger than pickling cucumbers and have a smooth, dark green skin. Slicing cucumbers are great for fresh eating and are often used in salads, sandwiches, or as a refreshing snack.

3.Burpless, English or European Cucumbers: English cucumbers are longer and thinner than slicing cucumbers. They have a mild, crisp taste and a thin, tender skin that does not require peeling. These cucumbers are often referred to as "burpless" due to their reputation for being less likely to cause indigestion or gas.

4. Persian Cucumbers: Persian cucumbers are similar to English cucumbers but slightly shorter and thicker. They have a sweet and crunchy flesh, and their skin is thin and edible. Persian cucumbers are popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and are great for salads or as a healthy snack.

5. Lemon Cucumbers: Lemon cucumbers are small, round cucumbers that resemble lemons in shape and color. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a thin, tender skin. Lemon cucumbers are often eaten fresh, added to salads, or pickled.

6. Armenian Cucumbers: Armenian cucumbers, also known as snake cucumbers or yard-long cucumbers, are long and slender with a twisted or curved shape. They have a thin, pale green skin and a crisp texture. Armenian cucumbers are often used in salads, sandwiches, or pickled.

7. Kirby Cucumbers: Kirby cucumbers are small, bumpy cucumbers that are popular for pickling due to their firmness and crunchy texture. They have a slightly bitter taste and are known for their ability to retain their shape and crunchiness during the pickling process.

These are just a few examples of cucumber types and varieties. Each has its own unique characteristics, so you can choose the one that best suits your culinary needs and preferences.

Pickling Cucumbers  (in water bath canners )

Cucumbers are not acidic so they ONLY way you may safely can them is as pickles:

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