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Blueberry Picking in Lakeland and Polk County

UPick Blueberries Lakeland

Blueberry picking has become an annual tradition in our house – every spring we make at least one trip (sometimes more) to a local blueberry farm and load up our buckets with delicious blueberries to take home and eat. Blueberry picking season in Central Florida runs through April and May.

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 u-pick farms to choose from that are all close to home, right here in Polk County. Our list includes local farms in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Auburndale, Dundee, Polk City, Lake Wales, and Eagle Lake.

Blueberry picking is a great family-friendly 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. You can pick berries yourself, and many farms also offer pre-picked blueberries and other fruit and veggies for sale.

Don’t miss our Blueberry Picking Tips at the bottom of this post. We can also help find Strawberry Picking Near You (January – March) and Peach Picking Near You (April – May). We also have a list of U-Pick Sunflower Farms. If you’re looking for fresh produce, there are also numerous Farmers Markets happening weekly around Polk County, you can find them all in our Farmers Market Guide.

While we do our best to keep up with who is open, dates and times change on a day to day basis and farms open depending on weather. 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. 

UPDATED 1/25/22

No Updates Yet for 2022 – check back in March:
Blueberry Cottage Farms
Central Florida Blueberries
Futch Farms
Keel & Curley 
Kirkland Farms
James Farm
Late Bloom
Lonesome Oak
Luna Berry Farms
Parish Family Farm
Oponay Farms
Ridge Island Groves
S & S Micro Farm
Shady Oak Farm
Thayer Farms
True Blue Winery
Whitehead’s
Southern Hill Farms (this farm is not in Polk County, but they have other activities and we’ve heard it is worth the drive!)

Permanently Closed: C&W Farms • Five Star Family Growers Crown Jewel

We update this section every 1-2 weeks – check links to each farm for the most up-to-date info.

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Blueberry Picking in Polk County (or nearby)

Blueberry Cottage Farm

Blueberry Cottage Farms is located in Lithia. Look for our sign and the blue balloon on our mailbox and follow the driveway past the “cottage.” Seasonal U-Pick in April – May. Check Facebook for updates.
Address: 827 Old Welcome Road, Lithia, Florida 33547

Central Florida Blueberries

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Address: 3650 U.S. 92, Auburndale, Florida 33823

Futch Family Farms

Blueberries are available for u-pick. In 2021 it is appointment only. (This will keep crowds down). Please call 863-604-2445 to make your appointment. Thank you for your support.
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Address: 12500 Old Grade Road, Polk City, Florida 33868

James Farm Blueberries

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Address: 1894 EF Griffin Road, Bartow, Florida 33830

Keel & Curley Winery at Keel Farms

Located in eastern Hillsborough county just East of Tampa, Florida, Keel & Curley Winery has been producing some of Florida’s #1 wines since 2003. Also offering a variety of special events and U-Pick seasons.
Keel Farms
Location: 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, Florida 33565

Kirkland Farms Blueberries

Kirkland Farms Blueberry Farm is located in the heart of the Medulla community just south of the Lakeland Linder Airport at the corner of Waring Rd and Old Medulla Road.
Location: 2632 Old Medulla Road, Lakeland, Florida 33811

Late Bloom Blueberry Farm

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Location: 115 Scenic Highway, Haines City, Florida 33844

Lonesome Oak Blueberry Farm

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Location: 2851 Thornhill Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33880

Luna Berry Farms

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Location: 3132 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823

Oponay Farms

Oponay Farms is open seasonally for U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. Check Facebook page for current U-pick operations, hours, and prices. Two locations off Hwy 98 and 540A (Across from Catfish Country), check recent posts for picking location.
Locations:
5015 Hancock Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida 33812
4915 County Road 540A, Bartow, Florida 33830

Parish Family Farm

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Location: 100 Mitchell Road, Eagle Lake, Florida 33839

Ridge Island Groves

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Location: 6000 Polk City Road, Haines City, Florida 33844

S & S Micro Farm

Family owned blueberry farm located in East Bartow, near Alturas in Polk County, 25 min drive south of Winter Haven.   Seasonal days and hours between mid-March to end of May, depending on weather and market conditions, check website or Facebook page for open days, hours and price per pound. We also have pre-picked blueberries by phone or email pre-order, cold drinks available for sale, chairs and fan on the patio and indoor bathroom!
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Location: 8451 Sinkhole Road, Bartow, Florida 33830

Shady Oak Blueberry Farm

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Location: 3320 Shady Oak Drive East, Lakeland, Florida 33810

Southern Hill Farm

Blueberries, peaches, strawberries, sunflowers and zinnias are available for spring U-Pick at Southern Hill Farm. Although it is a little bit of a drive from Lakeland (the furthest on our list), we include it because you can typically pick more than one crop AND they have spring and fall festivals.
Location: 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, Florida 34714
Website | Facebook

Thayer Farms

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Location: 5600 Lake Trask Road, Dundee, Florida 33838

True Blue Winery & Blueberry Picking

Winery and Wine Bar in Polk County serving delicious homemade Blueberry and other Fruit wines, beer and Bistro menu. Seasonal U-Pick Blueberries.
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Location: 604 Pink Apartment Road, Davenport, Florida 33837

Whitehead’s Blueberry Farm

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Location: 1024 Macon Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33884

Blueberry Picking Tips

  • 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.

Tips for Storing Blueberries

  • 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.

Map – Find Blueberry Picking Near You

Blueberry Farms Near You

Spring Activities Guide

Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May.