Orlando Moms Blog Blueberry Picking Guide

I love Florida blueberry season, which runs April til June. Thanks to the work at the University of Florida over the past three decades, we get to enjoy hundreds of small blueberry farms across Florida.

Before you head out to the farm, weave in a learning opportunities into the adventure.  Reading “Blueberries For Sal” or “The Blueberry Elf” can add personality to the trip.  Get into the kitchen when you return home. While you bake your delicious muffins, pancakes, and cobbler, your children will learn to appreciate farm to table food, learn hands-on math skills, a little bit of science, and a whole lot of awesome memories of being together!

Local You-Pick Blueberry Farms

Here is just a few of the local farms in Orange and Lake County. To look up other locations in your area, go to You-Pick Farm Directory.

ALWAYS CALL or check the farm’s website for exact open times and dates before planning your trip.  They are usually family owned farms and have specific picking times. Also, changes in the weather and crop status can alter their business schedule.

Green Acres

Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals.

Typical season: Blueberries March 30 thru May; Honey Peaches May 30 thru June, Blackberries in June. Payment: Cash, Check. Rate: $4 per pound You-pick $5 per pound PRE-picked  Open: Opening around April 15th; through June

*Mom note: Green Acres is located less than a mile away from Yalaha Bakery, which is amazing and a really fun outing!

Far Reach Ranch

Blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties, picnic area (bring your own food)

Payment: Cash only.  Price:$4 per pound YOU pick $5 per pound PRE-picked  Open: Opening April 23rd.

King Grove Farm

USDA Certified Organic blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties, picnic area (bring your own food)

Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.  Open: Call the information line for current hours.

Southern Hill Farms

Blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties, farm market, concessions / refreshment stand, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food)

Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Open: during the months of April and May, Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm; Closed Monday. Check website for several events planned throughout the season.

 *Mom Note: Southern Hill Farms has Bounicing Blueberries (see schedule) geared toward family fun – story time, blueberry pancakes, hayride etc.

Lake Catherine Blueberries

Blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours.

Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Open: Everyday from 9am to 5pm; Mid – April to May. Check website for several events planned throughout the season.

Blueberry Hill Farm

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

Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, April and May. We offer hay rides to feed the cows and fishing. Check website for several events planned throughout the season. Payment: Cash, Check.  Prices: U-Pick Conventional berries-$4.00 per lb, U-Pick Organics- $7.00 per lb.

Tom West Blueberries

Blueberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours

Open:
7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm starting in April to early June depending on the supply of berries. On Saturdays and Sunday we will have free boat rides during our season. Payment: Cash only

Blueberry Health Benefits:

  • Lower in fat and have just 80 calories per cup
  • ​Loaded with fiber to keep you fuller longer
  • ​Excellent source of manganese, which supports bone development and converting carbohydrates to energy
  • Improves brain health
  • Fights urinary tract infections
  • Provides 25% of daily Vitamin C requirements in one serving
  • Improves heart health and reduces cancer risk

Recipes Resource:

Blueberry Hill Farm’s Recipes: Blueberry Muffins, Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Jam

For more information and resources on blueberries check out  Florida Blueberry Association.  Also for U-Pick locations in your area, go to You-Pick Farm Directory.

ENJOY!

 

, , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com