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Vegetable U-Pick Orchards in Columbia and surrounding counties in central South Carolina in 2024, by county

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

Orangeburg County

  • Henson Farms - beans, broad beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, watermelons, U-pick and already picked
    107 Pin Oak Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Phone: (803) 860-1995. Email: Open: Monday to Friday 6 pm to 9 pm; Saturday 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, during the harvest season; Call before coming to insure vegetables are available. Directions: We are located at the corner of Homestead Road and Pin Oak Street between Orangeburg and Santee, SC. We are 5 miles from I-26 Exit 159. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Henson Farms . Please call before you come if you want us to pick your vegetables so your produce is ready when you arrive;. We also have okra, honeydews, cantaloupes, and green peanuts. Please call before you come to insure we have the produce you want at that time. If you want us to pick your produce for you, please call ahead to give us time to harvest it so it is ready when you arrive. (UPDATED: January 21, 2021 JBS) (ADDED: April 04, 2017)

Sumter County

  • Ambert Farm - Uses natural growing practices, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, watermelons, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs, farm animals
    2885 Steeplechase Dr., Dalzell, SC 29040. Phone: (803) 520-8815. Email: Open: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Head west on E Liberty Street toward N Main St 46 s \(0.2 mi\) Take US-521 N to Frierson Road in Dalzell 14 min \(8.6 mi\) Take State highway 364 and Seymour Road to Steeplechase Dr. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, PayPal, ApplePay, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Ambert Farm Facebook page. . Fax: 8034452260. . Head west on E Liberty Street toward N Main St 46 s (0.2 mi) Take US-521 N to Frierson Road in Dalzell 14 min (8.6 mi) Take State highway 364 and Seymour Road to Steeplechase Dr. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. (ADDED: March 17, 2021)
  • Dorr Farms - blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, melons, onions, summer squash, strawberries, other vegetables, watermelons, Honey from hives on the farm, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations
    5225 Dorr Acres, Gable, SC 29051. Phone: 803-495-2639. Email: Open: April 1 to August 30 from 9 am to 8 pm. Directions: 378 East, Right onto Brewington Road, 1.5 miles, right onto Congruity, go .7ths dirt road on left. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. . Strawberries April to June Blackberries June to July Blueberries May to August. We also sell hives of bees and lots of other produce such as Blackberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Watermelon, Plums, Squash, Zuchini, Okra, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Pototoes, Peppers, String beans, Butterbeans, Carrots, Collard Greens, and Corn.(ADDED: January 28, 2017)


Vegetable Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Pick veggies that are firm and free of blemishes.

Canning, Freezing, Drying, Preserving and more!

Below are links to pages with easy and reliable directions about how to can, preserve, freeze and make other goodies fromveggiess.  Some of these require a Pressure Canner to prevent potential spoilage and food poisoning, due to the low acid content of the food.  For others, you can use a water bath canner OR a Pressure Canner.  I've noted what's required for each, below, following each entry, with
W for water bath,
P for Pressure canner, and
W, P for either may be used!

Pickled vegetables

Canning tomatoes (in water bath canners )Home canned tomato soup

Canning Tomatoes in Pressure canners

Freezing Tomatoes

Drying tomatoes

Ripening green tomatoes in your garage or basement

If you want to bring your green tomatoes indoors before a freeze in the Fall, and ripen them, see:

And if you'd like to start you own tomatoes from seed (you can save a small fortune and grow the heirloom varieties you like) see this page for easy directions for growing your own tomato plants from seed.

Many more recipes and directions:


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