U-Pick Blueberry Farms in Lakeland and Polk County

U-Pick Blueberry Season has ended for 2018. Will update for next year in March 2019!

Blueberry picking has become an annual tradition in our house – every spring we make at least one trip (sometimes more) to Kirkland Farms and load up our buckets with delicious blueberries to take home and eat. U-Pick Blueberry Farms are abundant Polk County, and unlike U-Pick Strawberry Farms that are mostly in other counties, you can find quite a few blueberry farms to choose from that are all close to home, right here in Polk County. Our list includes U-Pick blueberry farms in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Auburndale, Dundee, Polk City, Lake Wales, and Eagle Lake.

Blueberry picking is a great outdoor activity for kids, from toddlers to teens.  The berries grow on bushes anywhere from 3′-5′ tall, so they are easy for little ones to reach, and ripe berries come off the branch easily. Don’t miss our Blueberry Picking Tips at the bottom of this post.

Featured U-Pick Blueberry Farms

Kirkland Farms Blueberry Farm

UPDATE – Kirkland Farms is officially CLOSED for the 2018 U-Pick Season.

UPDATE FRIDAY – 5/30/18

All Farms are Closed for the 2018 Season: Kirkland Farms  •  Lonesome Oak  •  Luna Berry Farms  •  Oponay Farms  •  Keel & Curley  •  C&W Farms • Crown Jewel  • Late Bloom  •  Parish Family Farm •  Ridge Island Groves • Shady Oak Farm  • Thayer Farms  •  Thomas Farms  • Whitehead’s

While we do our best to keep up with who is open, dates and times change on a day to day basis. We STRONGLY suggest you check websites/Facebook or call ahead the day of your visit to confirm availability, prices, and hours. Even if our list says a farm is open, check  before you go! We also may have missed an opening announcement, so if you have a favorite farm, check to see if they are open. 

All Blueberry Farms in Polk County

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  • Check the Farm’s website or Facebook page the day before or day of your visit to confirm hours
  • Dress comfortably with closed toe shoes. You WILL be walking in dirt and you will get dirty!
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen – fields are in the sun. Light colored clothing is best.
  • Pick early in the morning when it is still cool.
  • Bring your own container. Some fields do not keep containers on site.
  • Take CASH!! Many fields only accept cash.
  • Keep in mind these are working farms, so there will be ants, bees, etc. If you or your children have allergies, take precautions.
  • Select only firm ripe BLUE berries and be careful not to remove the tops of the berries when picking them off the bush. Red/purple/green berries are not ripe and will likely be SOUR.
  • Berries need to be kept cool once picked, plan your day accordingly or bring ice if you aren’t taking them home immediately.
  • Once picked, don’t place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn’t form in the container.
  • Don’t wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening.  Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

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April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

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4 Comments

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  2. Marie Nipper May 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Recently found a WONDERFUL u-pick blueberry farm. Futch Family Farm, Very nice Christian man, Ben Futch. EXCELLENT berries, large, juicy and sweet. Bushes were LOADED and at peak of prime picking about a week or so ago. Located in Polk City, just off state road 33, right onto Fussell Road, then left onto Old Grade Road. Fussell is a bit of a winding country road drive, and you might think you are lost, but it’s a nice drive. The farm is usually open 7 days a week, from 8am-5pm, but call ahead.
    Futch Family Farms, 12500 Old Grade Road, Polk City, FL 33868
    Ph. (863)604-4607
    They have a facebook page also.

    • April Mucci May 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Yes – they are on our list! Sadly they shared on Facebook this past week that Ben Futch has left Futch Family Farms. I don’t have details other than what has been posted on their Facebook page which is now called Fresh Picked Farms.

  3. Marie Nipper May 9, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

    WOW! That is so sad to hear about Ben Futch leaving. A friend and I were out there just about 2 weeks ago, and he seemed like a very involved and personable guy that really enjoyed the farm life. Thanks for letting me know, as I don’t use facebook, or any other social media.

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