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, and check out our Strawberry (January – March) and Peach (April – May) U-Pick Guides. 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.
Blueberry Farms Open Now (or opening date announced) – use Website/Facebook links below for more details:
- James Farm (open now for pick up only – U-Pick soon)
- Keel & Curley
- Lonesome Oak (opens April 10)
- Luna Berry Farms (opens April 5)
- Oponay Farms
- S & S Micro Farm (opens April 17)
- Shady Oak Farm (opens April 16)
- True Blue Winery
- Southern Hill Farms (this farm is not in Polk County, but they have other activities and we’ve heard it is worth the drive!)
Opening Soon in 2021:
- Central Florida Blueberries
- Late Bloom
- Ridge Island Groves
- No Updates Yet for 2021: Futch Farms • Parish Family Farm (mid/late April) • Thayer Farms
U-Pick Ended / Not Opening in 2021: Blueberry Cottage Farms • Kirkland Farms
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)
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!
On our one hundred twenty acre farm crops include blueberries, peaches, strawberries, sunflowers and zinnias. Visit this local farm for Spring U-Pick and Fall Festival events.
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.
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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.