Homemade, fresh, locally grown: Explore Oconee County’s food destinations from local farms to markets and restaurants. Feast your eyes upon these endless food options grown from and raised on Georgia soil.
Washington Farms, located in Bogart, is one of the largest strawberry farms in Georgia. Hundreds visit the farm each month to pick fresh berries and other seasonal crops grown by the Washington family. In the spring and summer, sweet strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are available to pick or buy pre-picked, and beginning in September you can pick out the perfect pumpkin for the fall season.
During the spring and summer, you will also find customers stopping by Thomas Orchards for scoops of their famous homemade peach ice cream. Thomas Orchards is an orchard, nursery and greenhouse famous for its freshly picked peaches. Owned by the Thomas family, the garden and greenhouse are filled with a variety of beautiful and bright flowers and plants.
Just five minutes from downtown Watkinsville sits Pastures of Rose Creek, a four-generation family-owned farm specializing in grass-fed, hormone-free cattle. The farm opens a stand where shoppers can purchase beef and fresh eggs from their egg-mobile each Sunday.
From the farm to the market, a spread of locally grown food fills the Oconee Farmers Market each Saturday from April to November. Hosted in downtown Watkinsville, shoppers choose from more than 20 vendors and 60 products — including breads, vegetables, fruits, seasonings, nuts and meats — from surrounding communities each weekend.
Like the farmers market, the fruit and vegetable stands that line Hwy 441 in Bishop feature food grown on local land. The crops that fill the stands travel only a few miles before arriving to their destinations along Macon Highway.
From Oconee’s farms and markets to its restaurants, Oconee County is filled with delicious food grown locally. Chops and Hops partners with local farmers to serve up delicious and quality dishes. The popular restaurant in downtown Watkinsville uses locally baked brioche to top off its fine burgers and incorporates locally grown and raised foods into its daily specials each week.
You can choose from some of the freshest food options in Georgia when traveling to Oconee County. Whether you enjoy picking your own fruit, buying your eggs from a farm stand or dining at a fine restaurant, Oconee has the freshest picks for you.
Raquel Cobb is the marketing coordinator for the Oconee County Welcome Center and the voice behind Oconee’s social media channels and travel blog. Having grown up a few miles outside of Oconee County, Raquel enjoys the small-town charm Watkinsville and her hometown offers.