U-Pick Farms: Where to Pick Your Own Blueberries, Sunflowers + More

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U-Pick Farms: Where to Pick Your Own Blueberries, Sunflowers + More

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 fun kicks off with strawberry season at the beginning of the year, followed by u-pick blueberries, peaches and more beginning in April. Here are all of the best spots to pick your own produce 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

Bob’s Blueberry Farm and U-Pick

Blueberries: April – May
Peaches: Usually beginning around mid-April to May

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.

U-pick farms in Tampa Bay - Bob's Blueberry Farm
Image credit: Bob's Blueberry Farm

Church Lake Farms

Blueberries: April – May

Church Lake Farms is a family owned farm located in Odessa. The farm offers a scenic backdrop for picking your own Florida blueberries each season. Blueberries are priced at $5 per pound. Check the farm's Facebook page for current hours and picking updates.

Florida Sweeties You Pick Peaches

Peaches: Beginning in April

The friendly owners of Florida Sweeties rotate between multiple orchards in the Dade City area staring in April for u-pick peaches. Bags of peaches are $15 each (about 8 pounds). One of their orchards, Florida Sweeties Naturals Orchard, is considered organically grown. The orchard updates its Facebook page weekly with locations, price and times. FYI: You'll need to sign up for a time and place in order to attend.

Image credit: Florida Sweeties You Pick Peaches

HarvestMoon Fun Farm

Sunflowers and zinnias: May

Visit HarvestMoon Fun Farm for their annual Sunflower u-pick and pick flowers through the maze-like paths and bring home a beautiful bouquet for yourself or a loved one! There is a $10 minimum (CASH ONLY) flower purchase per person. Visit the farm website for the most current information and to make a reservation.You can also visit their Facebook page here for updates.

Hunsader Farms

Strawberries: December – March
Veggies: September – November and April – May, varies seasonally
Wildflowers, zinnias and sunflowers: Beginning in March

Head to Bradenton for u-pick strawberries, flowers and so much more at Hunsader Farms. U-pick produce varies seasonally and includes an assortment of fresh fruits and veggies. Pick your own strawberries in the cooler winter months, then revisit the fields to pick a variety of fresh veggies and snap Insta-worthy pics in the sunflower fields throughout spring. In addition to sunflowers, the farm also offers u-pick zinnias and wildflowers. There's also a petting zoo! Dogs are allowed in the main sunflower field as long as they're on a leash and are picked up after.

Check Facebook for the latest updates on pricing and what's available.

U-pick sunflowers at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton, FL
Image credit: Hunsader Farms

JG Ranch

Strawberries: November – April
Blueberries: April – May
Blackberries: May – June

This local farm in Brooksville offers a variety of u-pick opportunities including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and 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.

Keel Farms

Strawberries: January – March
Blueberries: April – May

Keel Farms in Plant City offers u-pick organically grown strawberries during strawberry season for $5 per pound. Once strawberry season has ended (usually around late March), the farm transitions from strawberry u-pick to blueberry u-pick. Blueberries are ripe for the picking from April-May and are $5 per pound on weekdays and $6 per pound on weekends. Check the farm's Facebook page for updates. Keel Farms is dog-friendly, so bring your pup along for the fun. We also love grabbing lunch and a craft beer under the covered patio.

U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay - Keel Farms
Image credit: Keel Farms

Nadler’s U Pick Blueberry Farm

Blueberries: April – May

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 seven different blueberry varieties from 6,000 different berry bushes on the farm. Blueberries are $4 per pound. Check the farm's Facebook page for the latest updates.

Oponay Farms

Peaches: Beginning in April
Blueberries: April – May

The Lakeland family owned farm opens each spring for u-pick blueberries and peaches. Peaches are $3 per pound and blueberries are $4 per pound. You can visit their Facebook page for updates before you head out the door.

Starkey Blueberry Farm

Strawberries: December – March
Blueberries: April – May
Blackberries: May – July

If berries are your jam, make your way to this farm in New Port Richey. Strawberry u-pick kicks off the year, following by blueberries from April – May and blackberries during the summer months. Make it a complete date day by grabbing food truck fare, staying to enjoy live music and more. Check the farm's Facebook page for daily updates.

U-pick farms in Tampa Bay - Starkey Blueberry Farm
Image credit: Starkey Blueberry Farm

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics Farm

Tomatoes: January – March
Strawberries: March – April

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics in Thonotosassa offers seasonal u-picks including wildflowers, organic strawberries, tomatoes and fresh veggies. Check their Facebook page for updates. They also have a fresh market where you can purchase fresh picked fruit and veggies.

Upicktopia

Veggies: October – June
Strawberries: November – April
Blueberries: April – May
Blackberries: April – June

Upicktopia in Masaryktown offers variety of veggies, plus strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more available for u-pick throughout the growing season. You’ll want to check their Facebook page before you go to see what’s picking, but we’ve recently seen blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and soooo much more!

More U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay

Dooley Groves

Citrus: Mid-November – February

This farm located in Ruskin is the best place to go for citrus u-pick during the winter months. Specialties include honeybells and pineapple oranges. Visit the farm's website to learn more details about what to expect. FYI: you will need a face mask when inside the market area where you get the sanitized basket.

Fancy Farms Inc.

Strawberries: December – March

Located in Plant City, Fancy Farms is a family-owned farm that typically provides u-pick strawberries. When u-pick is not available, you can still visit the farm's produce stand for fresh berries, strawberry milkshakes and more.

Land of Delight Natural Farm and Nursery

This farm in Plant City hosts a regular farmers market and u-pick. 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 so much more.

 The Southern Peach Company

Peaches: Beginning in late April

This fifth generation family farm in Lithia has all the charm peach picking has to offer, including a photo opportunity with an old fashioned truck as you enter the orchard. The century old farm offers plenty of peaches to go around for everyone starting in late April. After picking, stop by Alafia River State Park which is just minutes away for some relaxation and fun under the trees.

The following farms usually offer u-pick, but are temporarily closed for 2021:

Blueberry Cottage Farms

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.

Favorite Farms, Inc.

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.

Kirkland Farms

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. The farm will not be opening for u-pick in 2021.

Feature image credit: Hunsader Farms


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