Fresh Pickings: Best Places to Pick Your Own Blueberries This Season
Memorial Day has passed, which means the unofficial start of summer. What better way to kick off summer festivities than fresh fruit on a warm day? Enjoy the fruits (pun intended) of your labor and frequent one of the many local blueberry farms.
It is currently blueberry season in Florida, and Gainesville and its surrounding areas have some great spots to pick your own blueberries this summer. Some locations are ready to start picking blueberries right now, and others are still in the process of getting ready for summer pickers.
If interested in spending a day in the sun and harvesting your own blueberries this season, keep reading to find out the top places on our list.
South Moon Farms, located just 20 minutes outside of Gainesville, will reopen on June 2, and after will be available to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will also be open Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For every pound of blueberries, it costs $4 to take your harvest home. But, don’t worry if you don’t have cash with you — they now accept credit cards too.
Location: 15912 S. County Road 325, Hawthorne (Cross Creek), Florida, 32640
Bluefield Estate Winery’s blueberry picking farm opens on June 1 and will be open this summer, Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Berries are going to cost $3 per pound you pick.
If you get tired of picking berries and would rather relax and have a drink, they offer wine tastings for as low as $5. Customers can taste their blueberry wine along with some more classic varieties.
Location: 22 NE County Road 234 Gainesville, Florida
Proud to be a family friendly farm, Red, White and Blues added a new swing set and playhouse for kids to enjoy this season.
The farm opens every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ready for customers to come pick from their eight different blueberry varieties. Red, White and Blues Farm also accepts cash and credit cards when you’re ready to leave with your freshly harvested berries, costing $4 per pound.
Location: 3250 NE 140th Ave, Williston
Deep Spring Farm grows organic blueberries and will be opening their doors for the season on June 5. But, their grounds are open to visitors as long as you text or call ahead. They also have other U-pick crops as well as U-fishing available by donation. They recommend emailing or texting ahead for hours of operation at (352) 507-8127.
Location:16419 W. County Road 1491 Alachua, Florida
Now that you’ve seen the lineup and know where to go, which location are you most excited to visit this season?