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 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 this Spring:
Check out Sweetwater Organic Community Farm for the perfect family day out! Since 1995, Sweetwater prides themselves as a nonprofit community-supported organic farm and education center right in Tampa! The farm is set on a beautiful 6 acres of property in Town ‘n’ Country. Be sure to check out their Sunday Market in support of local businesses! Every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. until May 26, you can bring your kids and your (leashed) dogs and enjoy the farm! Check out their great music, enjoy a picnic lunch, and shop for local produce while you mix and mingle with other members of the community in the orchard and gardens!
For a great, cost friendly spot to pick your own strawberries, check out Favorite Farms, Inc! This farm, located in Dover, Florida, 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! Berry picking lasts only as long as the berries do!
For almost 100 years, Wish Farms has been picking and selling fresh produce for local growers before starting their own growing operation! The Farm is local and family owned and operated so that you can feel good about where your money is going! Wish Farms strives to provide the best tasting berries from their fields to your door while maintaining their core values as a family business. This berry season, bring the whole family out to Wish Farms for Blueberry and Strawberry U-Pick! Blueberry picking occurs at Misty Organics until April 27th for $7 cash per pound or at Starkey Blueberry Farm until the end of the season in May. At Starkey, blueberries are $5 per pound and they will take both cash and card! Strawberry season at Wish Farms has passed, so be sure to get your blueberries while you still can!
Check out Blue Oak Farms for some berry pickin’! Since 1998, Bret Boston, Founder and CEO started the farm with five acres of land. Since then, he has expanded his farm to over 24 acres! The U-Picks take place in Lithia, Florida; perfect for a chance to bond with neighbors, family, friends, and family. The U-Pick season just started on April 11th! Pickers can enjoy the farm on Wednesdays-Fridays until 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays until 2. Buckets and containers will be provided on site, and all you have to do is pick and pay $3 a pound! Don’t wait!
Come on out to Passion Organics Farm for another organic, family operated farm! They specialize in strawberries and veggies of all sorts. Located on 51 acres in Thonotosassa, Passion Organics offers U-Picks during the season for customers to enjoy fresh, local produce! Keep up with their Facebook page for updates on their U-Picks! Now, they are offering strawberry, sunflower, and wildflower picks! Next up on their pick list is black eyed peas so keep your eyes peeled for more pick options! Also, while you’re there, check out their organic veggies, raw honey, range free eggs, shortcakes, smoothies, vendors, and more!
In addition to our list of family-run farms is Fancy Farms Inc, the “Strawberry Dynasty”! Located in Plant City, Florida, Fancy Farms prides themselves in a managed, well-regulated farm with delicious berry produce! Their Produce Stand is open now!
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, Florida, the farm uses organic practices and pest control to keep berries healthy and safe. Nadler’s offers 7 different blueberry varieties from 6, 000 different berry bushes on the farm. They have officially opened for picking season so come out on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for blueberry picking fun!
Check out Big Bear Farms, Inc. for another great family owned and operated farm. Big Bear prides themselves in following the strict rules and regulations placed by the USDA and is now a U-Pick or WE-Pick operation. Since 1991, the farm has used organic as they refuse to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers! The farm uses no synthetic herbicides, fungicides, miticides, insecticides, or other synthetic pesticides on their crops! They are also the only organic live poultry location in Hillsborough County! Check out their website to see if they will be picking blueberries each week, it changes depending on availability.
Head out to Lithia, Florida for Blueberry Cottage Farms and enjoy home-grown U-Pick blueberries. The farm is quaint and picturesque, perfect for the low-key berry lovers. Prices are $4 a pound! The farm hosts plenty of parking, buckets, and bags for your berries, and restrooms on site. The farm reminds you to wear closed toe shoes and don’t forget the sunblock!
Come on out to Lakeland, Florida to Kirkland Farms for some blueberry flavored fun! At Kirkland, enjoy u-pick blueberry opportunities in an awesome environment, surrounded by your favorite friends and family! The 2019 U-Pick Season will occur from April to the middle of May! Kirkland Farms encourages guests to sign up for their e-newsletter for current dates and times as well as any closures to the u-pick farm.
Branchton Farms is perhaps one of the best places for a family, farm day experience! As a family owned and operated farm, Branchton offers fresh eggs, milk, cheese, jams, jellies, and so much more! The farm is open from 9-7, M-F, and 9-6 on Saturday and Sunday! Guests rave about the on-site zip lining and animal farm, perfect for the kids! There is something for everyone at Branchton!
Check out Bob’s Blueberry Farm in Hudson for all of your blueberry needs! This season, Bob’s is currently open for U-Pick blueberries, peaches, plums, and blackberries over the next couple of months! The farm is home to plenty of other produce products fresh for you! The farm is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices start at $3.50 per pound!
Whether its blueberries that you’re after or just a fun day outdoors, you really can’t go wrong with any of these options! Bring your friends, family, and dogs (to some spots), and enjoy the fresh air, fresh produce, and supporting your local farms in the Bay Area!