Everything just tastes better when you pick it yourself. Plus it’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Check out these farms across Florida (in no particular order) where you can pick your fruit and eat it too.
1. Knaus Berry Farm, Homestead
Knaus Berry Farm has been at its current location since 1959, with roots in Florida farming going back to the 1920s. They're open November through mid-April, all things permitting, offering u-pick strawberries and tomatoes, and much more.
2. Hatch's Blueberry Patch, Fort White
Hatch's is an all-organic blueberry farm that opened in 1984. They ran out of blueberries in early July, but be sure to check them out next year.
3. Moran Fruit Farm, Floral City
Depending on the season, you can pick the freshest peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes, persimmons, and pears at Moran Fruit Farm. Picking is by appointment only, so please call Linda at 352-344-4496.
4. Aunt Zelma's Blueberries, Island Grove
This u-pick's first season was 2013, so it's still pretty new, but locals are loving it so far. Their picking season ended in late May, so you'll have to mark your calendars for next year.
5. Sandy's Hobby Farm, Bell
Aren't these little chicks adorable? Sandy's has a variety of fruits and veggies for picking, if you can catch them in-season. Call them at 352-221-2760 to find out what's growing now and when it will be ready to pick.
6. Rogers Farm, Gainesville
Rogers Farm offers a wide variety of u-pick produce, from beans, peas and corn to strawberries. Call 386-462-2406 for open days. Be sure to get information on their awesome Octoberfest too!
7. Natural Wonders, Coconut Creek
Natural Wonders offers hydroponic u-pick fruits and vegetables. The picking stops for the summer, but please call to find out when they will be ready again: (954) 421-0109.
8. BlueBela Farm, High Springs
This farm is also relatively new, and since their focus is blueberries, their picking season ends in May. They still offer the farm as a location for events and weddings, though. Isn't it lovely?
9. Boyett's Grove, Brooksville
Boyett's Grove is an old-school roadside attraction you'll only find in Florida. When a freeze killed much of their grove in the '60s, Boyett's started adding eclectic features to encourage people to stop anyway. This continued until it became the way you see it today, a hodge-podge of citrus, gators, farm animals, exotic animals, and souvenirs, with a stuffed shark and some dinosaurs thrown in for good measure. Call to find out more: (352) 796-2289.
10. Ergle Tree Farm, Dade City
Though technically a Christmas tree farm, this farm has blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, as well as other seasonal attractions. Berry-picking seasons are generally in the summer, but call (352) 583-3647 or (352) 346-2745 to find out what's going on now and when to come get your pumpkin or Christmas tree.
11. Patty's Patch Blueberry U-Pick, Muse
Patty's Patch is a farm in South Florida that offers u-pick and pre-picked blueberries in April and May.
12. Henscratch Farms, Lake Placid
This vineyard and winery also operates as a u-pick farm for strawberries, blueberries, muscadines, and scuppernongs (which sounds like something from Harry Potter, but is actually a type of grape.) This means there are only a few months out of the year there isn't something to pick at Henscratch. Plus, there's the winery and a charming country store, so it's always worth a visit. Call for more information: (863) 699-2060.
Have you visited any of these? Please let us know your favorite local u-pick farms!