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Pepper U-Pick Orchards in Montgomery and southeastern Alabama in 2024, by county

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

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Autauga County

  • Melina Hills Farm - blueberries, chestnuts, cucumbers, figs, muscadine grapes, peaches, peppers, pomegranates, summer squash, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    3462 US highway 82 West, Billingsley, AL 36006. Phone: 205-280-8796. Email: Open: Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 205-258-9825. Fax: 205 280 8796. . (ADDED: July 07, 2015)

Chilton County

  • C&J Farms - okra, corn, peas, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, pole beans
    Route 1, Box 159-A, Lawley, AL 36793. Phone: (334) 375-1486. Open: June - August, Anytime Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday, PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU COME. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (334) 366-2486. From Clanton take Highway 22 West 15 miles to Maplesville. Take U.S. Highway 82 West to Al. Hwy. 183 West; go 7 miles. Farm on right.

Elmore County

  • Barber Berry Farm, LLC - blueberries, muscadine, scuppernongs, peppers, persimmons, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations
    2362 Alabama River Parkway, Millbrook, AL 36054. Phone: 334-549-4710. Email: Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Barber Berry Farm, LLC Facebook page. . . Berries are usually ripe for picking the first week of June through the middle of July. ome visit our farm in Millbrook, Alabama where you can pick your own pesticide-free blueberries from late May through early July along with pesticide-free muscadine and scuppernongs from late August through September. We also grow a variety of vegetables in our covered outdoor hydroponic garden. We sell these along with our raw honey and Asian persimmons, when in season, at our fruit stand and through our online Produce Shopping List Service. 2019 prices are Blueberries (Late May through Early July) 1/2 gallon bucket: $8 (approx 2.75 lb of fruit)1 gallon bucket: $15 (approx 5.5 lb of fruit)Muscadine and Scuppernongs (Late Aug through early Oct) 1/2 gallon bucket: $6 (approx 2.75 lb of fruit)1 gallon bucket: $10 (approx 5.5 lb of fruit) 3 or more gallons: $ 9 per gallon bucket (UPDATED: October 4, 2020 JBS)

Geneva County

  • Aplin Farms - strawberries(u-pick and pre-picked)and peaches, broad beans, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, figs, flowers, onions, peas, pecans , peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, and prepicked produce, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    2729 N Co Rd 49 , Dothan, AL 36305. Phone: 334-726-5104. Email: Open: Daily. Directions: From Dothan take Hwy 84W about 5.5 miles. Turn left on County Road 49. Go about 5.6 miles on Co Rd 49. The Farm will be on the right. Co Rd 49 is also known as South Bay Springs Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October. Call for Hay Ride Times. Groups can make reservation Monday through Friday. Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch are open the Month of October. All other crops are available from May to October. Call for availability. Also operates greenhouse; we sell: Ferns, hanging baskets, & many other types of plant in the spring and Mums in the fall. (UPDATED: October 20, 2020 JBS)

Lee County

  • Randle Farms - Blueberries, honey, tomatoes, peppers, herbs. Call for other items
    9215 Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL 36380. Phone: (334) 749-1073. Open: Please see our website for hours of operations. Directions: I-85 to exit 58, go east on Gateway Dr to dead end. Turn right on Lee Rd 54 to 4-way stop. Farm is 3 miles on left. . In addition to seasonal PYO . Click here for a map and directions. . crops, near Auburn, Alabama, grows quality meats and produce for our farm store, our Community Supported Agriculture program, and local restaurants. If you're in the area, stop by and see us! We now have about 20 acres producing 13 different varieties. Blueberry season lasts from June to August. You can buy our blueberries pre-picked, or you can pick them yourself. You-Pick Blueberries Our blueberry crop is typically ready around mid June. Our weekly hours are posted here and on our Facebook page. You-pick blueberries are $2.50/lb. Buckets will be provided for picking, as well as some shady spots to rest during your time at the farm. Please bring water and wear appropriate clothes. It gets hot out there! We can no longer allow pets on the farm, even with a leash.(UPDATED: June 01, 2023, JBS) (UPDATED: June 14, 2016)



Pepper Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

a variety of peppersThere are various types of peppers based on their characteristics. It's important to note that pepper heat levels can vary, and individual tolerance to spiciness may differ. When using hot peppers, exercise caution and consider using gloves or washing hands thoroughly to avoid skin or eye irritation.

  • Sweet Peppers - like Bell Peppers and Banana Pepper , used in salads and sandwiches
  • Mild to Medium Heat Peppers - spicy, good for salsa.
  • Hot Peppers - Often used in Mexican and Thais foods
  • Very Hot Peppers - For crazy people...

See the table at the bottom of his page for detailed information and a master list of varieties.

When are peppers available?

Peppers are a hot weather crop, and cannot tolerate frost and cold soil. In the U.S. Peppers typically peak hot summer months into the Autumn.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - it's hard to pick in a muddy field!
  2. Most growers furnish picking containers (bags), but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
  3. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem while the weather is still cool, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Peppers from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pickled Peppers

Look for Peppers that are :

  1. firm
  2. Bright and shiny
  3. smooth, shiny pods, not wrinkly on the surface - that's an old or dried out
  4. Avoid placing the picked Peppers in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. I prefer to bring a cooler with ice in it. Peppers may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a week or 2.

When you get home

  1. Put them in the vegetable crisper in the fridge, in a loose plastic bag.
  2. Now, get ready to can or freeze the extra Peppers - It is VERY easy! Click on the links for easy instructions.


Name Heat Photo Description Best uses
Bell Pepper Sweet red sweet peppers Large, blocky peppers with a mild, sweet flavor. They come in different colors such as green, red, yellow, and orange.  Salads and sandwichs They also add sweetness and color to cooked dishes, stir-fries, and stuffed pepper recipes.
Banana Pepper Sweet Banana peppers Long and tapered, they have a mild to moderate heat level and a tangy-sweet flavor.  Salads, subs and sandwiches  Frequently used in pickled form, they add tang and crunch to sandwiches, salads, and antipasto platters. They can also be stuffed or sliced for various culinary applications.
Cubanelle Pepper Sweet   Light green and elongated, they have a mild heat and a slightly sweet taste.  
Pimento Pepper Sweet   Large and heart-shaped, they have a sweet and fruity flavor, often used for stuffing. Cooking
Poblano Pepper Medium Poblano Pepper Dark green, heart-shaped peppers with a mild to medium heat level and a slightly smoky flavor. Frequently used in Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos, mole sauce, and salsas. They can be roasted, stuffed, or sliced and added to various recipes.
Shishito Pepper     Small and thin-walled pepper with a mild and slightly sweet taste. Popular in Japanese cuisine, often enjoyed blistered or charred as an appetizer or side dish. They can also be used in stir-fries, tempura, or stuffed with cheese or other fillings.
Anaheim Pepper Medium   Mild to medium heat, with a long and narrow shape. They are often used in Southwestern cuisine. Commonly used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes. They are great for roasting, stuffing, or adding to salsas, chilis, and stews.
Hungarian Wax Pepper Medium   Medium heat peppers that come in various colors. They have a waxy texture and a tangy flavor.  
Chili peppers Medium     Used in making... wait for it... Chili
Cherry Pepper . Medium   Small and round, they have a mild to medium heat level and are often used pickled or stuffed Thai and other Asian cooking
Jalapeño Pepper Hot Peppers Jalopeno Medium heat level with a distinctive bright green color and a slightly smoky flavor. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine. They add a spicy kick to salsas, guacamole, nachos, and are often used for stuffing or pickling.
Arbol peppers Hot Peppers Arbol peppers    
Serrano Pepper Hot Peppers   Hotter than jalapeños, they have a bright green color and a spicy taste. Commonly used in salsas and sauces. Adds a spicy heat to salsas, pico de gallo, hot sauces, and other Mexican dishes. They can also be pickled or used to infuse flavor into oils and vinegars.
Cayenne Pepper Hot Peppers   Thin and elongated, they are known for their fiery heat. Often used in powdered form as a spice. Often used in powdered form as a spice for adding heat to various dishes. It can be sprinkled over pizzas, used in sauces, or added to spice rubs for grilling or roasting meats.
Thai Bird's Eye Pepper Hot Peppers   Small and slender, they pack a powerful heat punch. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. They are perfect for adding heat and flavor to stir-fries, curries, soups, and dipping sauces.
Habanero Pepper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers, with a fruity flavor and intense heat. Use with caution. Adds intense spiciness to salsas, hot sauces, marinades, and jerk recipes. Use with caution and in small amounts due to its high heat level.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Very hot   Similar to habaneros, they have a tropical fruity flavor and fiery heat. Commonly used in Caribbean cuisine.
Carolina Reaper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers in the world, known for its extreme heat. Handle with extreme caution.  



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