So we’ll put a bookend on what became our unofficial “agribusiness week” at Hometown Headlines — from updates at LCCL strawberry patch to Big Door Vineyards in White to Newby Farm & Vineyard’s opening in downtown Rome and then back up to Armuchee again to get a look at a surprise — Lazy Creek Farms.
We say surprise because we never knew about it until we spotted a sign on U.S. 27 driving back from LCCL last Sunday. The two farms are relatively close — in more ways than one. We had planned to visit and pick at Lazy Creek today (Saturday) but the forecast changed our plans. So we went lazy ourselves, in part because of surprise rain on Friday morning. We stopped in for prepicked strawberries and to taste the ice cream.
Rain or shine, we’re tempted to return today.
The Toole family describes their operation at 29 Yarbrough Bend Road as “a family owned farm located in Northwest Georgia near Armuchee Creek. We grow a wide variety of pumpkins in the fall and strawberries in the spring, along with other activities for the family. Our bakehouse makes sweets to enjoy on our farm as well.” Some of the family was on deck on a chilly, drizzly Friday morning, preparing just-picked strawberries, serving strawberry ice cream and getting proactive about the rain due Saturday.
We talked informally Friday morning (we don’t identify ourselves on these stealth visits because we want to see how customers are treated). What we learned: This is their first year doing strawberries after several successful seasons of fall pumpkin sales. They know they’re the new kids at the strawberry patch so they’re anxious for customers to spread the word. Consider it spread.
With very courteous service, they asked us for a little patience as bins of strawberries were just being picked (we arrived just after they opened at 10 a.m.). The berries were harvested in five minutes — enough time for a prelunch bowl of soft-serve strawberry ice cream. And more berries were do: They were aggressive in harvesting on this Friday, expecting Saturday crowds to be mostly if not all “prepicked.” They were concerned about “u-pickers” in the fields as the expect rain will soak everything. This way, the berries will be available inside the huge brick office as customers arrived.
“U-picked” or prepicked, we think folks will like what they find. What we brought home was our second haul of Armuchee-grown fruit in six days that tasted fresh, sweet and a bit tart (the pefect strawberry combination). They come in 2.5-pound containers which are surprisingly heavy. They’ve in a plastic, closing shell which is great as it prevents any spills once in the car.
Our cost for two flats and that bowl of ice cream was just over $24. The breakdown:
- $3/pound you pick (includes the cost for the container you pick in and you get to take it home)
- $4/pound pre-picked
Our take: Every business needs competition and it is great to have two options for strawberries this season. Everyone loves LCCL for good reason. Lazy Creek is another option, just down the road a bit, to consider as the berries ripen this spring. Heck, do both to compare for yourselves (ice cream included).
What to know:
- Seasonal hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Closed Sundays.
- Phone: 770-547-8741.
- Address: 29 Yarbrough Bend Road.
- Where to look: Facebook / Website / Instagram