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Blueberry U-Pick Season

By: Jessica Roberts

Picking blueberries at a local farm is way more fun than picking up a small plastic container of blueberries in the produce section of your local grocery store.

Central Florida’s Blueberry U-Pick Season

Of course Florida is known as one of the world’s leading citrus fruit providers, but we also have a lot of blueberry farms. U-pick blueberry season begins in March or April (depending on weather) and there’s probably a farm near you. Find the farm’s website or Facebook page to view their schedule; some farms are open six days a week while others are open one day a week.

Weather is a major factor, and affects the overall length of the season. 

U-Pick Tips

  1. Check the weather and plan accordingly. Bring water; wear sunscreen and a hat.
  2. Bring cash.
  3. Be sure to keep tabs on your children, and stay in designated areas.
  4. Working farms are likely to have areas with unlevel paths, possible fire ants and other potential hazards. Wear closed toe shoes.
  5. Follow instructions and only pick berries that are ripe and blue.
  6. Thank the farm owner/employees for hosting your visit, then brag about your experience on social media.

Blueberry U-Pick Farms

Polk County is big (4th largest county Florida) so we’ve sorted the farms by city.

Lakeland

Kirkland Farms Blueberry Farm – 2632 Old Medulla Rd., Lakeland, 33811

Lakeland Berries at Shady Oak – 3320 Shady Oak Dr. E, Lakeland, 33810

Oponay Farms – 5129 Hancock Lake Rd., Lakeland 33812 (blueberries and peaches)

Winter Haven

The Berry Patch – 4226 Rifle Range Rd., Winter Haven 33880

Lonesome Oak Blueberry Farm – 2851 Thornhill Rd., Winter Haven 33880

Thomas Farms Blueberries – 2035 Gerber Dairy Rd., Winter Haven 33880

Whitehead’s Blueberry Farm – 1024 Macon Rd., Winter Haven 33880

Bartow

BMB Farms – 4277 Old Eagle Lake Rd., Bartow 33830

James Farms – 2101 Dynamite Rd., Bartow 33830

S & S Micro Farm – 8451 Sinkhole Rd., Bartow 33830

Haines City

Late Bloom Blueberry Farm – 115 Scenic Hwy., Haines City 33844

Ridge Island Groves – 6000 Polk City Rd., Haines City 33844 (blueberries and peaches)

Auburndale

Luna Berry Farms – 3132 K-Ville Ave., Auburndale 33823

Lake Wales

Crown Jewel Farms – 106 Egg Farm Rd., Lake Wales 33859

Polk City

Futch Family Farms – 12500 Old Grade Rd., Polk City 33868

Eagle Lake

Parish Family Farm – 100 Mitchell Rd., Eagle Lake 33839

Davenport

True Blue Winery and Bistro – 604 Pink Apartment Rd, Davenport 33837

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