Friday, April 20, 2012

Central Florida ~ You Pick

~~~~~Please note that all pricing and hours are from last season and to be used as a reference. Please please please call ahead and ask for current hours and prices!~~~~~~

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY


**All About The Blueberry Farm - blueberries**

3903 Heathcoe Road, Plant City, FL 33567. Phone: 813-523-7505. Website: www.upickfl.com Email: Friends@UPickFL.com. Open: Generally open weekends after 9 am and weekdays (please call ahead). The 2012 Season is here! We've got some of the sweetest Blueberries ever; Call before you come to make certain that we're open; Hope to see you soon!. Payment: Cash, only. Enjoy time with your Family picking Blueberries at our Family Farm. We lend you a bucket and let you fill it up, which gets you about 7 pounds of sweet Blueberries. We charge $20 for each bucket and accept cash only.

^Sweet people, nice LARGE farm, large sweet berries, decent price!!! I really enjoyed going to this farm!


**Alpha Growers - blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties**

5615 W.O. Griffin Road, Plant City, FL 33567. Phone: 813-245-6818. Fax: 813-737-1560. Email: alphablueberries@aol.com. Directions: Interstate 4 to exit 17. Go south on Forbes Road to Jerry Smith. Turn left and go about 1 mile to W. O. Griffin Road. Turn left and we are about 200 yards on the right. Look for the blue barrels. Payment: Cash, only. Our Special this season: We will pick you a 5 pound bag of blueberries for $20.00. If you buy 4 bags we will give you the 5th bag for FREE!.


**Artesian Farms - Tomatoes**

2910 East College Avenue, Ruskin, FL 33570. Phone: 813-645-3211. Open: during the months of November and May, 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm. Call for U-Pick locations.


**Barventa Farms - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries**

6633 Simmons Loop, Riverview, FL 33578. Phone: 813-672-1371. Email: Bfarms@barventafarms.net. Open: During season hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Weekend hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Directions: Take I-75 to the Apollo Beach Blvd exit, turn east onto Big Bend Rd, then right onto US highway 301 South. Simmons Loop will be first right - construction ongoing on US highway 301, so you will have to cross over it to get to our street - follow signs. Pick Your Own Blueberry Season is usually April through May Our produce stand with fresh vegetables will be open at the same time. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. We do not use ANY chemical pesticides on our blueberries or vegetables.


**Blues Berry Farm LLC - blueberries, U-pick and already picked**

1201 Holloway Rd, Plant City, FL 33567. Phone: 813-597-4019. Email: jrwoodchuck@tampabay.rr.com. Open: Daily, 8am to 5 pm from 4/30/2011 through 5/8/2011. Directions: 1 mile north of Highway 60 on Highway 39 to Holloway Road, Turn West 3/4 mile to Farm on south side of road. Look for red barn behind white house. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. $3 pound U-Pick or $15 U-Pick Bucket Special (7 lbs +/-) $4 pound We-Pick.


**Blueyouth Berries - blackberries, blueberries**

8201 Cosme Road, Odessa, FL 33556. Phone: 813-215-2237. Email: blueyouthberries@gmail.com. Open: Blueberry season is late March to early June, blackberry season is late May to early July; Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.


**DK Blueberry U-Pick Farm - blueberries**

1615 U.s. highway 92 East, Seffner, FL 33584. Phone: 813-802-0406. Open: March 25, 2012 to May 15, 2012; Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm. Directions: Corner of highway 92 East and Brackwood Road 1 1/2 miles off I-4 East,(exit 14), South on McIntosh Rd, Right on US 92. (1 Mile West of McIntosh Road on South side of road) Corner of highway 92 East and Brackwood Road. 7 varieties to choose from: Princess, Prima Don Saturday, Emerald, Sharpe, Sapphire, Jewels and Golf Coast; Best to CALL ahead for variety availability; Varieties are not all ripe at the same time..U-pick $6.00 per pound We-pick & pack $8.00 per pound.
^Been here and picked some awesome blueberries!!!

**Fort Lonesome - No pesticides are used, beans, broad beans, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, grapefruit, herbs/spices, lavender, lemons, muscadine grapes, onions, oranges, other citrus, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, summer squash, tangerines, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours**

15433 Cr 39 South, Lithia, FL 33547. Phone: 813 699-2058. Email: fortlonesomefarm@yahoo.com. Open: Every weekend and Holiday, 10 am until 6 pm, YES, we will be open. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Please do not call to see if we are OPEN. We are OPEN, Every Weekend and Holiday (Even Christmas), This will eliminate 90% of my calls, Thank You. This Farm is slowly being built for our customers and the kids! Tell me what you want and it will happen, you want to feed chicks, tell me, you want low line grapes, tell me, you want a veggie cooking class or a little farmer class, TELL ME! This place is my hobby and my fun, lets do it together and have some fun, come out, lets talk!.


**Hollow Creek - blueberries, U-pick and already picked**

1204 Holloway Road, Plant City, FL 33567. Phone: 813-376-4185. Alternate Phone: 813-478-1253. Directions: From I-4, get off at Forbes Road exit go south about 3 miles to Trapnell road turn east on Trapnell Road go about 3 miles to Mudlake road turn right heading south about 1 mile to stop sign at Holloway road turn left onto Holloway road about half mile on left , north side of Holloway road with wood fence around field. Payment: Cash, only. we have buckets for picking in the field but you will ned to bring your own containers to take them home in.


**Proctor Family Farm..... 2012 Blueberry Season - blueberries**

7105 Kinard Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. Phone: 813-323-8822. Email: blueberries@proctorfamilyfarm.com. Open: 2012 season starts approximately at the end of April to end of May , Monday to Sunday , 9am to 5 pm. Directions: Directions: I-4 to MacIntosh Road exit (Exit 14) in Plant City, head north on Macintosh Road to first stop sign and turn right on Thonotosassa Rd, head east on Thonotosassa Road to first stop sign and turn left on Gallagher Rd, head north on Gallagher Road to Kinard Road (not Kinard Cove) and turn right. Head east to first sharp curve look for signs on the right before the second sharp curve. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.


**WD Farm - blueberries, Fresh eggs**

10302 C.R. 579, Thonotosassa, FL 33592. Phone: 813-704-0028. Open: April 14th to June 2nd 2012; Saturday 9am to 2pm; Sunday 9am to 2pm; Other times available by apointment. Directions: Exit I-4 at County Road 579, Go north 3 miles and your there. The driveway is on the West side of County Road 579 between Joe Ebert Road and Skewlee Road. Payment: Cash, only. Our blueberry plants are 4 years old and loaded with very large, very ripe berries. Easy picking. This is our first season and we hope you will like our berries so much you tell others about us and come back next year. Prices are $20 per bucket. Each bucket is approximately 1 gallon and weighs between 6-7 pound.



MANATEE COUNTY:


**Hunsader U-Pick Farms - vegetables, Pumpkins, strawberries**


5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida. Phone: 941-322-2168. Open Mid- September through mid-June. U-pick hotline (941)331-1212 -Cantaloupes, watermelons, corn, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash. Others: broccoli (December 1-April 1), Cabbage (December 1-April 1), Canteloupes (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Cauliflower (December 1-April 1), Citrus (November 1-April 1), Cucumbers (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), FL. Sweet onions (December 1-June 1), Gourds (September 15-November25), Hard squash (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Peppers (October 20-December 10, May 1-June 15), Pumpkins (September 20-November 25), Sweet corn (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Tomatoes (October 20-December 10, May 1-June 15), Watermelons (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Strawberries (December 15-May 1)


**Old Mission Vineyards - Grapes**


19600 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212. Phone: 941-746-6334. Open Monday thru Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00 pm, Beginning July 24th. 8 miles east of I-75 on south side of SR 64, Nobles and Carlos $1.00/LB, We have grapevines for sale.


**Vintage Organic Acres - Certified Organic, blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties**

30902 Taylor Grade Rd, Duette, FL 34219. Phone: 941-920-1801. Email: tappanfarm@gmail.com. Open: April 28 to May 29 Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 9am to 7pm By appointment only; Your appointment assures that you will get the best service possible by our staff; Closed on Wednesday. Directions: From I75 & highway 301 travel north on highway 301 through Ellenton to Parrish. In Parrish turn Right on highway 62 (across from PJ's Sandwich Shop)headed East. Travel 14 miles east on highway 62 to Bunker Hill Road (just passed Oasis Store with big yellow tank) Turn Left on Bunker Hill Rd, travel 1 mile to stop sign, turn Left onto Taylor Grade Road Travel 2 miles see sign on Right for Tappan Nurseries with red posts. Turn right into drive and follow dirt road one mile to blueberry field.




PASCO COUNTY:



**B & S Victory Farms - blueberries**

12445 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 352-567-3431. Email: bsvictory@gmail.com. Open: April 9, 2012; Monday and Friday 4:30 pm to dark; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm; Closed Mother's Day, May 13. Payment: Cash, only. $3.50 per pound.


**The Berry Barn - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blueberries, strawberries, Other fruit or veg, already-picked produce, gift shop, picnic area, school tours**


12954 Hudson Avenue, Hudson, FL 34669. Phone: 727-856-2380. Email: berrybarn@tampabay.rr.com. Open: In the fall through Mid - May for Hydroponic Strawberries, April to Mid - May for Blueberries (longer if berries permit). We usually start picking at the beginning of May, but they will be more abundant by the second week of May. All fertilizers are sprayed directly into the root beds of the plants, which makes the berries safe to eat right off the branches...You get to sample what you are buying! We also have Blueberry and Strawberry Cider and All Natural Jams, Jellies and Condiments; Payment: Cash, Check.


**Bubba's Blueberry Farm - blueberries, U-pick and already picked, snacks and refreshment stand**

16505 Jayare Road, Spring Hill, FL 34690. Phone: 727-408-3000. Email: greekfam5@yahoo.com. Open: Sunday through Saturday daily from 9am to 4pm (IN SEASON). Payment: Cash, only. You pick blueberries on my 3 and 1/2 acre farm for $4.00 per pound. You may purchase blueberries already picked for $5.00 per pound.


**Gene's Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, U-pick and already picked**

6381 Tulip Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544. Phone: 813-527-6324. Email: R_Meredith29@yahoo.com. Open: We are a small farm; YOU MUST call a head of time to insure availability! Starting April 8, 2012 we will be open from daylight to dark - - 7 days a week until the berries are gone; Directions: Call for directions and availability; We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification; Payment: Cash, only; We are a small family owned farm; All of our plants are in 55 pm to gallon barrels that have been cut in half; This makes it easy on your back and mine because there is very little bending done on this farm; The barrels are all setting on weed mat, so you always know what you are stepping on. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only.


**Owen's Blueberry Farm - blueberries**


12839 Kitten Trail Hudson, FL 34669. Phone: 727-868-7249. Call for u-pick dates. They have restrooms and a sink to wash up in after picking.


**Peaches of Pasco - Certified Pesticide free, peaches, u-pick and prepicked**

12119 Ducklake Canal Rd, Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 813-714-1112. Email: Peaches of Pasco@AOL.com Open: mid-April thru June Sunday - Friday Hour are 9am to 5pm;. Directions: Between Zephyrhills and Dade City off highway 35A (Old Lakeland Rd.) East on Enterprise 1 mile, then left onto Duck Lake Canal Road just a short ways on Duck Lake till you see all the Peach Trees and the Old 2-story Farm House. Payment: Cash, only. Red, White and Yellow Pie peaches. $20 per 1/2 bushel. Certified Pesticide Free by State of Florida, Dept. of Agriculture



POLK COUNTY


**BMB Farms - blueberries, restrooms**

4277 Old Eagle Lake Road, Bartow, FL 33830. Phone: 863-698-0239. Alternate Phone: 863-412-1556. Email: koulog@yahoo.com. Open: 7 days a week beginning April 14, 2012 from 8:30 am. till 6:30 pm. Directions: Highway 98 S into Bartow. Take Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road 2.5 miles to Farm (will be marked by signs.) Highway 17 to Spirit Lake Road. Spirit Lake Road 1/4 mile to Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road. Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road 1/4 mile to Farm (will be marked by signs.).Payment: Cash, only.


**Berry Bay Farms - strawberries**

5135 Bonita Drive, Wimauma, FL 33598. Phone: 813-642-9866. Fax: 813-936-4880. Email: strawberry@berrybayfarms.com. U-Pick season begins at the end of our commercial season, which is normally in March sometime. (and usually ends by early April). The time frame does vary and is determined by the market. We will send out a postcard and/or e-mail to inform everyone when we are open. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please e-mail us your name and address.


**Black's Berry Farm - blueberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms**


7548 Black Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898. Phone: 863 398 4763. Alternate Phone: 863 644 3421. Email: dstepanic1@verizon.net. Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 7 am to 5 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: April and May. Payment: Cash, Check.


**Futch Family Farms - blueberries**


12500 Old Grade Road, Polk City, FL 33868. Phone: 863-984-4723. Email: bf@mbjenterprises.com. Open: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm, May until fruit is gone. Directions: From Orlando drive West on I4. From Tampa drive East on I4. Take exit 48. Drive North on Old Grade Road approximity 3.3 miles. Look for farm on left. Enter farm using the left side gate. Do not enter the right side drive (Private road). Park under trees and look for attendant. Payment: Cash, only.
Bring plastic bags, such as grocery bags, to put berries in. They will lay out flat in these type of bags keeping the berries from squashing each other. You may bring 1 gallon pails to pick in or use our pails. But if many pickers show up buckets may be limited. Most important: Have Fun. See you there.









3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing all this info. I have been wanting to take my family to a u-pick for awhile. Fort Lonesome Farm sounds very interesting..must check them out!

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  2. I live in Central Florida! Thanks for all the info! ... I've enjoyed looking back through your blog posts. I am new at veggie gardening, just starting to see success for the first time. Decided to do small plot this year (square foot gardening) so far so good! In the year before, hehe I started out BIG I hade NO success. ... I also like to create in the flower beds too.
    I LOVE the idea of forest gardening.
    Thanks!

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  3. Welcome! I am glad your here!! Veggie gardening is VERY rewarding but does take work. I always say to start small but soon you'll become addicted and want to get larger and larger :)

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