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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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


It’s that time to shower the irreplaceable woman in your life with lots of love. Let your mother, wife, or grandmother know just how much they are appreciated by taking advantage of the unique gifts and activities our local shops have to offer. You don’t have to drive far to show your love and appreciation with intimate, unique and heartfelt gifts and outings for your superwoman.

  • You can never go wrong with an arrangement from Elizabeth Ann Florist & Gift Shop located in downtown Watkinsville. Their specially made arrangements are sure to make your mother’s heart flutter with bright and extravagant flowers. You may choose from the shop’s many arrangements, as well as other décor sold in their gift shop. Also, enter to win their Mother’s Day basket with special gifts from their flower shop and Hudson Butler Design. Visit their Facebook page for more information. Website: watkinsvillegaflorist.com


  • What’s better than creating a treasure your mother, wife, or grandmother will cherish forever? Purchase or create handmade jewelry from Gone with the Bead, also located in downtown Watkinsville. Gone with the Bead also offers classes in which you can learn how to create a unique piece that perfectly matches your mother’s personality and style. The bead shop will offer classes on Saturday, May 6. Spend quality time by bringing your mother out to enjoy this fun and unique activity. Call 706-769-2012 for more information on classes. Website: gonewiththebead.com


  • For the mother with the sweet tooth, visit Bee’s Knees Bakery to satisfy every craving with homemade and customizable desserts. This Mother’s Day, Bee’s Knees Bakery is serving up their special Cupcake Bouquets, something pleasing to the taste buds as well as the eyes. Other delicious treats for purchase include cakes, cookies, brownies and so much more. Website: beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com


  • At Paint with Class you are sure to find a unique gift for your uniquely-made mother, and if not, Paint with Class will give you the tools to create the gift you have in mind. The home décor and gift boutique offers art classes as well as specialized workshops. Call to find out more on the classes and special Mother’s Day pieces they offer at 706-769-8442. Website: paintwithclass.com


  • Purchase handcrafted art from the Chappelle Gallery & Happy Valley Pottery. The Chappelle Gallery and Happy Valley Pottery sells contemporary pieces from more than 125 artists. The works of art include garden art, pottery, glass, jewelry and so much more. There will be reduced pricing on select items just in time for Mother’s Day. At Happy Valley Pottery, you can watch artists showcase their talents in pottery making, Raku firing, glass blowing, and other techniques. Website: chapellegallery.com


  • Learn how to create beautiful works of art for your mother at one of OCAF’s many workshops and classes. Their classes can also be a fun activity to do with your mom and even the kids. You can also take a stroll through their SOUTHWORKS exhibit. The exhibit’s final week on display is the week before Mother’s Day. Check the OCAF website for class schedules and upcoming exhibits. Website: ocaf.com


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Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Ann Florist & Gift Shop, Bee’s Knees Bakery, and Paint With Class.


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Bishop has become quite the destination for antique stores. Joining our seven other antique stores and six in Bishop, Tracks of Time Antiques & More is a family-owned shop that sells items from jewelry to furniture and collectibles. The antique store is located in Bishop at 4860 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441), the location previously occupied by Long Road Studios.

Visit Tracks of Time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tracksoftime for updates on their store and merchandise. We are happy to have Tracks of Time share a part of history with us through their merchandise. Oconee County, where art and history meet, welcomes Tracks of Time!

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Oconee County Antique Stores