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Jaemor Farms visitors savor a hand-picked taste of spring
Strawberry Festival allows customers to pick their own juicy fruits
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Casey, Jonah and Matt Fleury make their way through the strawberry field to find the best unpicked strawberries at the second annual Strawberry Festival at Jaemor Farms on Saturday in Alto. More than 450 gallons of strawberries were picked during the event. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Jaemor Farms

Where: 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto

Phone: 770-869-3999

Website: www.jaemorfarms.com

Jaemor Farms opened its strawberry fields to the public Saturday for the second annual Strawberry Festival, and the people of Northeast Georgia met them at the gate.

The festival offered visitors a chance to venture out and hand-pick their own strawberries for $14 per gallon bucket.

For those not looking to get their hands dirty, there were plenty of strawberries already boxed in the market, along with other locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Crowds gathered to try samples from the strawberry cook-off, browse the baked goods and specialty items in the bakery section, or taste the assortment of handmade snacks from local vendors at the festival.

The homemade strawberry ice cream was a favorite of her daughters, said Lindsey Davenport of Lula.

“We just love Jaemor, and she just loves strawberries,” Davenport said. “I thought this would be a good day to come and let her pick some strawberries.”

Her daughter, 2, had several activities to enjoy in addition to picking strawberries.

“They always have a lot to do for the families to get involved in,” Davenport said. “It’s always a very family-friendly atmosphere and the fruit’s always good.”

A Farm Pass granted unlimited access to hayrides tours of the farm, water duck racing, a custom-made farm slide and petting zoo.

Tabby Smith of Clarkesville spent the day manning the petting zoo after being asked to volunteer. The barnyard petting zoo had several goats and chickens visitors could feed through a fence.

“A lot of kids have never seen animals up close like this,” Smith said. “A lot of them think (the goats) are really big dogs or very small horses. So it’s nice for the kids to be able to go out and be close to animals like this.

“This is more fun because it’s more for families.”

Throughout the day people also the opportunity to browse local arts and crafts, and a variety of plants for all of their gardening needs.

“It has been extremely busy,” said Smith who had a clear view of the packed parking lot. “They said there were 1,500 people that came last year and they were expecting to have double that this year. I think that we’ve had it so far. There has been a lot of people.”