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U-Pick Guide for Chilton County 2018

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Chilton County U-Pick Crops and Operators

Available Crops:

  • BLACKBERRIES (McCraw, Petals)
  • BLUEBERRIES (Doster, G&G, Petals)
  • CITRUS (G&G)
  • FIGS (McCraw, Petals)
  • MUSCADINES (Petals)
  • PEACHES (J. Durbin, G&G, McCraw, Sunshine)
  • PLUMS (G&G, McCraw)
  • PUMPKINS (Sugar Hill)
  • STRAWBERRIES (Hale, G&G, J. Durbin, Sugar Hill, Sunshine)
  • TOMATOES (G&G, J. Durbin, Sunshine)

Please be sure to call to insure that crops are available, and for picking dates. Weather events that occur after the publishing of this directory may affect availability of some crops.

U-Pick Operators:

little girl picking strawberriesDoster Farm

Betty J. Doster
6525 County Road 16
Clanton, AL 35045
Phone – (205) 755-9763
Cell – (334) 306-7590
Prods: Blueberries (June & July)
Dirs: From Clanton, take Al. Hwy. 22W, turn left on Co. Rd. 37, and right on Co. Rd. 16. Farm is ½ mile on left.
Open all day/7 days a week

Jimmy Durbin Farms

Jimmy W. Durbin
3233 County Road 30
Clanton, AL 35045
Phone – (205) 755-4203
Prods. Strawberries (April-June)
Peaches (May-August)
Tomatoes (July-October)
Dirs: From Clanton: Take Highway 22 West to Co. Rd. 37 South; take Co. Rd. 37 South to Co. Rd. 30 and turn left. Packing shed will be immediately after turn on left.
Hours: 7 am – 4 pm Mon.-Fri, 7am-noon Sat.

G&G Farms

Sonny & Betty Giles 15184 County Road 16
Maplesville, AL 36750
Phone – (334) 366-4594
Cell (Betty) (334) 431-0667
Cell (Sonny) (334) 399-4885
Prods: Strawberries (April-June),
Blueberries (June-July), Tomatoes (May-Dec.), Peaches, Plums, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Squash, Peppers, Peas, Corn, Okra (May-Sept.)
Citrus: Lemons, Oranges, Satsumas (Sept.-Dec.)
Open 7 am – 5 pm Mon., Wed., Fri.
Dirs: From Clanton take U.S. Hwy. 22 West (thru Maplesville) to U.S. Highway 82 East, turn right and go 3 miles to Co. Rd. 16, turn right and go 200 yards, farm on right. See Sign.

Hale Farms

Wesley Hale
Thorsby, AL 35171
Phone – (205) 533-2220
Email: jameshale23@yahoo.com
Prods: Strawberries
Dirs: Corner of U.S. Hwy. 31 & Co. Rd. 29, Thorsby
Open Mon.-Sat. 8 am – 4 pm

McCraw Peaches

Bernice McCraw
7299 County Road 15
Maplesville, AL 36750
Phone – (334) 366-4263
Facebook: McCraw Farms
Prods: Peaches, Plums, Nectarines (May 15 –Aug 15), Blackberries, Figs
Dirs: From Clanton, take U.S. Hwy. 22 West about 9 miles. Turn left onto Co. Rd. 15 at McCraw Peaches sign. McCraw is 3 miles on the right.
Hours: 7 am – 6 pm, 7 days/week.

Petals from the Past

Jason Powell & Arlie Powell
16034 County Road 29
Jemison, AL 35085
Phone – (205) 646-0069
Website: Petalsfromthepast.com
Facebook: Petals from the Past
Prods: Blueberries (June 15th thru 1st week Aug.)
Blackberries (June 1st thru first week July) Muscadines (Aug 20 thru early Oct.)
Figs (mid-July thru mid-Sept.)
Dirs: Take Jemison Exit 219 off I-65; go west toward Jemison. Take a left on Co. Rd. 29. Petals is located 1.3 miles on the left.
Open 9 am – 5 pm Tues.-Sat., 1 – 5 pm Sun.

Sugar Hill Farms

Keith Evans and Scott Penton
3358 County Road 59
Verbena, AL 36091
Cell: Michelle Evans – (205) 389-3080 Cell – Rachel Penton – (205) 351-1480 Facebook: Sugar Hill U-Pick Farms Prods: Strawberries
Pumpkin Patch – October – Call Rachel Penton (205) 351-1480
Dirs: From I-65, Exit 200, travel west (toward Billingsley) approx. 2 miles across road from Floyd Baptist Church.
Open – Mon. & Tues. 8 am – 5 pm
Wed.-Sat. 8 am – 2 pm

Sunshine Farms

Tim W. Minor
3233 Co. Rd. 30
Clanton, AL 35045
Phone – (205) 755-4203
Berry Field Phone – (205) 280-0242
Prods. Strawberries (April-June);
Peaches (May-August) Tomatoes (July-October)
Dirs: From Clanton: Take Highway 22 West to Co. Rd. 37 South; take 37 South to Co. Rd. 30 and turn left. Packing shed will be immediately after turn on left.
Hours: 7 am – 4 pm Mon.-Fri., 7am – noon Sat.


Sat. June 23, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018, 5-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 30. 2018
Clanton, AL
Parade (Clanton) 9 AM
Prize-winning Peach Contest
Judging 8:30 AM (The Senior Connection, 304 Park Plaza, Clanton, AL 35045)
Peach Auction 10:30 AM (following the parade at The Senior Connection)

Download a copy of the 2018 Chilton County U-Pick Guide

peaches, blueberries, and strawberries on the cover of the U-Pick Guide for Chilton County 2017 Edition

Estate Planning Seminar

Estate Planning Planning documents

Why Should you have an Estate Plan?

Creating an estate plan, will make it less difficult, time-consuming, and less expensive for heirs to settle an estate. Planning ahead relieves family members of some of the burdens during this period of grief. Alabama  Extension  provides the citizens  of Alabama with research based estate planning education.  The Estate Planning Seminar held in Chilton County covered several topics.

Seminar presenter  Dr. Robert Tufts, Ph.D., J.D., LLM (tax) Attorney and Retired Associate Professor of Auburn University, provided detailed information on documents you should include in your estate planning. Dr. Tufts also answers questions regarding the difference between a will and a living trust, springing power of attorney, how to ensure the family farm remains in the family.  Clint Neimeyer of the Alabama Securities Commission, covered investment fraud and scams.  Sharlean Briggs, Family Resource Management Workforce Development Regional Extension Agent also presented provided information on what we should do with our records and important documents. Lunch and refreshments were provided by the Alabama Securities Commission and Gay West, Chilton County Extension Coordinator. www.aces.edu/Chilton

Where to find more information

The participants were very satisfied with the Estate Planning program overall and requested another seminar next year. Please visit the Alabama Extension web site  http://www.aces.edu/family-health/finances/estate-planning to download the following estate planning documents:  Advanced Directive and Alabama Power of Attorney or to obtain more information on Estate Planning.

By: Sharlean Briggs

2016 Peach Festival Cook-Off & Cooking Demonstration

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    When:     Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Where:   Senior Connection 304 Park Plaza Clanton AL 35045 (Located in the Fred’s Shopping Center)

    Time:      10:00 a.m.

    Who:      Adult Division, age 19 and above 4-H Youth Division, ages 9-18

    Deadline: June 15, by 4 p.m.

Adults Prizes: 1 st – $50.00 2 nd – $35.00 3 rd – $25.00

Youth Prizes: 1 st – $50.00 2 nd – $35.00 3 rd – $25.00

During the judging portion of the event, a food demonstration will be presented by Chef Nathan Wilkerson of Clanton. Chef Nathan is a graduate of the Virginia College Culinard and has served as a banquet and house restaurant cook at the Marriott and Renaissance Hotels. Attend the presentation even if you don’t enter a dish. Seating is limited, so please call (205) 280-6268 to reserve your seat.

For more information, contact Gay West at (205) 280-6268
On the day of the event, call (205) 410-3593
Disabilities will be accommodated with prior notification


  • Dish entered in the contest must contain fresh Chilton County peaches.
  • One entry per person.
  • The recipe need not be original.
  • Judging will be based on using fresh, quality peaches (10 points); appearance (20 points), taste (60 points) and creativity (10 points). Dish can be displayed in participant’s container of choice.
  • Dish must be registered and on the table ready for judging by 10:00 a.m.
  • Winner must be present to win.
  • Pre-registration is required. Complete registration form below. Due to Extension Office by 4 p.m. June 15th. No late entries will be accepted. Mail registration form to P.O. Box 30, Clanton, AL 35046 or fax to (205) 280-6357.
  • Recipe using raw eggs will be disqualified (such as in ice cream custards). If a recipe calls for raw eggs, cooked custard can be made, or pasteurized egg products may be substituted.
  • Dish entered in the contest must be made available for participants and attendees to taste at the conclusion of the event.
  • Participants are encouraged to serve samples of their dish to guests during the sampling portion of the program.

Printable Registration Form 

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!