Springtime in Florida is the best time to enjoy the outdoors before the onslaught of summer heat! This Spring, bring the whole family out to one of these local u-pick farms in Tampa Bay for a day full of live music, vendors, fresh produce, berry picking, and more! The best part about visiting these local farms is your support towards more fresh produce and Bay area fun! Here are all of the best spots to pick berries and enjoy a day outside.
Before you go, make sure to pack your face mask because some places require you to wear a mask in designated areas, but otherwise…the farm is the perfect place to social distance under the sun! Check each farm’s social pages or websites to ensure they are open as hours and dates change with weather and whether a crop is available for u-pick.
U-Pick Farms Open Now in Tampa Bay
Keel Farms in Plant City is offering u-pick organically grown strawberries while they last on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm for $5 per pound. You’ll be provided a sanitized bucket for collecting berries, but bring along a container for transporting them home. Check their Facebook page for updates. Keel Farms is dog-friendly, so bring your pup along for the fun.
This local farm in Brooksville has been promoting some u-pick opportunities of strawberries while they last and other fresh vegetables like broccoli and lettuce. Again, you’ll want to check in on their Facebook page to see if they are open for u-pick before you head out.
This farm located in Ruskin is offering citrus u-pick of honeybells and pineapple oranges daily from 10am – 4pm throughout February. Honeybells are $2.59/lb. Visit the farm’s website here to learn more details about what to expect. FYI: you will need a face mask when inside their market area where you get the sanitized basket.
Head to Bradenton for u-pick strawberries and more at Hunsader Farms. U-pick produce varies seasonally and includes an assortment of fresh fruits and veggies. Currently, the farm is offering u-pick strawberries for just $2.50/lb plus zinnias and soon the sunflower fields will be opening too. There’s also a petting zoo! Check Facebook for the latest updates.
Upicktopia in Masaryktown currently has a variety of veggies and tons of strawberries available for u-pick. You’ll want to check their Facebook page before you go to see what’s picking, but we’ve recently seen strawberries, broccoli, collard greens, fresh herbs and soooo much more! The farm is open Fridays – Sundays from 9am – 5pm.
Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics in Thonotosassa is currently promoting u-pick tomatoes on the weekends. Other seasonal u-picks include wildflowers, strawberries and fresh veggies. Check their Facebook page for updates. They also have a fresh market to purchase fresh picked strawberries and veggies.
This farm in Plant City hosts a regular farmers market and u-pick. The farm is usually open Thursdays – Saturdays, but check the farm’s Facebook page here for updates. U-picks are mostly greens which are great for smoothies and salads! The market has plenty of fresh produce, honey, and soooo much more.
If berries are your jam, make your way to this farm in New Port Richey. Starkey Farms is currently is offering strawberry u-pick, but you’ll want to check their Facebook page for daily updates. Later in the spring, blueberries will be available for u-pick (typically beginning late March – early April) followed by blackberries in May.
More U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay
Don’t miss out on Nadler’s for all of your berry needs! At Nadler’s enjoy a 1.5-acre family friendly blueberry farm with tons of berries to pick. Located in Hudson, the farm uses organic practices and pest control to keep berries healthy and safe. Nadler’s offers 7 different blueberry varieties from 6, 00 different berry bushes on the farm. Check the farm’s Facebook page for details on when the 2021 u-pick blueberry season will begin.
Head out to Lithia to pick your own home-grown blueberries. The farm is quaint and picturesque, perfect for the low-key berry lovers. The farm offers plenty of parking, buckets, and bags for your berries, and restrooms on site. Sadly, the farm will NOT be opening for u-pick this year, however they hope to return in 2022.
At Kirkland Farms in Lakeland, enjoy u-pick blueberry opportunities in an awesome environment. Blueberry season usually kicks off in April and lasts through May. Sign up for the farm’s email newsletter for notifications about when the 2021 season will begin, as well as any closures to the u-pick farm.
Bob’s in Hudson offers u-pick blueberries around April, followed by peaches, plums, and blackberries later in the season. The farm is home to plenty of other produce products. Check Facebook for updates on the 2021 season.
The following farms usually offer u-pick, but are temporarily closed for 2021:
For a great, cost friendly spot to pick your own strawberries, check out Favorite Farms, Inc. This farm, located in Dover, is a commercial strawberry farm that opens to the public in March each year. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see if there are berries left before you head out.
Located in Plant City, Fancy Farms is a family-owned farm that typically provides u-pick strawberries. While u-pick is not currently available, you can visit the farm’s produce stand for fresh berries, strawberry milkshakes and more.
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