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. Continue reading . . .

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OCAF class

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The school year is coming to a close, and that means summer break is fast approaching. No worries, however. I’m here to serve you up some family-friendly fun that is sure to keep the kids busy and enjoying their summers!

First Friday on Main

First Friday on Main is sure to bring out the smiles with free snacks, games and fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Come downtown on the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy music, movies, games and more. Website: www.visitoconee.com

Washington Farms

Pick your own berries at Washington Farms! In April and May, stop by to pick delicious strawberries and a grab a scoop of freshly made strawberry ice cream. Blackberries and blueberries will be ready to pick in June and July. Also enjoy outdoor fun with hay rides, a petting zoo and more. Website: www.washingtonfarms.net

Welcome Center Scavenger Hunt

Stop by the welcome center during the week and discover the hidden treasures of Oconee County. Our interactive scavenger hunt contains riddles and photo clues that are sure to keep the little ones busy and their brains charged. Website: www.visitoconee.com

Georgia Antebellum Bike Trail

Grab your bikes and take a family stroll along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Attractions in Watkinsville include the Eagle Tavern Museum, Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast, the Historic Haygood House, and the Elder Mill Covered Bridge. Website: www.antebellumtrail.org

Thomas Orchards

Cool off and enjoy peach ice cream at Thomas Orchards. The nursery, garden and gift shop specializes in freshly picked peaches as well as outdoor art and plants. Website: www.thomasorchardsandnursery.com

Be sure to check our event calendar for updates on Oconee events.

See below for summer camps offered in Oconee:

OCAF Summer Art Camp

Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp

Hardigree Wildlife Day Camp