Orlando Moms Blog Blueberry Picking Guide

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I love Florida blueberry season! It runs from April til June.

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

Green Acres

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

Payment: Cash, Check.
Rate: You-pick -$4 per pound 
We-pick $5.50 per pound

 Open: Open 8am-5pm,  7 days a week. Great berries easy picking!

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, already picked and frozen, peaches, u-pick and already picked, u-pick sunflowers and zinnias. Permanent restrooms, farm market with local raw honey and handcrafted merchandise, concessions / refreshment stand, multiple covered picnic areas, picnic area (bring your own food), rooftop deck, covered playground, food trucks on weekends, live music on weekends, farm wagon rides on weekends, beer, wine and mimosas on weekends.

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 Bouncing Blueberries (see schedule) geared toward family fun – story time and a craft, blueberry donuts, hayride etc.

Lake Catherine Blueberries

Blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, full liquor bar, ice cream shop, band shell with live entertainment, food truck on site, 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: Open 9-4 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We accept credit/debit cards and cash.   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: They accept cash, card, and check.

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.

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!

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