Have you visited Cottle Strawberry Farm for strawberry picking? Columbia, SC has one of the largest strawberry patches located on a beautiful, huge farm where strawberries are plentiful. Plus, it is such a memorable springtime experience to visit a strawberry farm. Columbia, SC’s Cottle Strawberry Farm offers both u-pick and prepicked strawberries, so you’ll never go without those sweet juicy berries.
The first thing I noticed when pulling into Cottle Strawberry Farm outside Columbia, SC was the rows upon rows upon rows of strawberries. The place is huge and the berries are juicy, sweet, and delicious.
The Strawberry Farm
Cottle Strawberry Farm is run by Ms. Joy Cottle and the family has been farming the land for about 50 years. They have two strawberry picking locations, one in Hopkins, SC, and the other in Florence, SC. We went to the one in Hopkins, right outside Columbia.
They host field trips and of course, families and others who want to get outside and pick their own berries. Only school groups need to make reservations and like we always suggest, it’s good to call ahead before you go since the weather is a constant variable for u-pick farms.
Besides picking your own strawberries, the farm offers locally made strawberry bread, local honey, tomatoes, jams, and salsas. The farm has multiple roadside stands (addresses are listed below) and sells their berries and local goods at farmers’ markets in the area.
Like some other farms, they have cute, painted boards to measure how tall your kids are every year and take photos with cut-out heads in painted scenes on boards.
Strawberry Picking at Cottle Strawberry Farm
The farm offers two sizes for upick strawberry picking – a quart ($5) and a gallon ($17). They will give you directions on parts of the strawberry patch that are good for picking. Then head out and get those berries. It’s always a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes when strawberry picking due to ants, other insects, and mud. And a hat, sunscreen, and water are also great things to have with you, especially as the weather heats up.
It only took us about 30 minutes to fill up two gallons so the berries are plentiful, to say the least. There is a lot of space to spread out so even if you are there when a field trip or two are present, you won’t feel crowded.
Cottle Strawberry Farm opened for 2023 Upick on March 23, 2023. They are open usually Monday – Saturday 8 am – 7 pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, but remember this can change due to conditions in the field..
You pick berries are $5/quart and $17/gallon. Berries picked by the farm are $6/quart, $14/half gallon, and $20/gallon. We pick berries are available at select stands beginning in mid-March.
Visiting Cottle Strawberry Farm
Cottle Strawberry Farms has two locations:
- 2533 Trotter Rd Hopkins, SC 29061| 803.695.1714
- 3712 W. Palmetto St Florence, SC 29501 | 843.317.0031
They post regularly on the Cottle Strawberry Farm Facebook with the latest updates regarding hours and berries available. Also, be sure to get the stamp from the farm if you are working your way through the SC Agritourism Passport!
Roadside stands are located at:
- 1249 Alice Drive Sumter SC 29150
- Bower Parkway and Harbison Blvd (across from PetSmart)
- 5143 Forest Drive, Columbia SC 29206
- 714 Clemson Road, Columbia SC 29229 (in the parking lot of Rodney’s Rockets and Fireworks)
- 1835 1/2 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169
- 582 Highway 1 South Lugoff, SC 29078 (beside River Crossing Shopping Center)
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