UPDATED 3/13/20 – How great is it that we live right next door to the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World – Plant City! That means we have an abundance of U-Pick Strawberry farms within an hour’s drive. Strawberry picking is a GREAT family activity to do with kids. The berries grow in raised beds on the ground (unless they are hydroponic) so they are easy for kids to reach.

Don’t miss our Strawberry Picking Tips at the bottom of this post, and stay tuned for our Blueberry and Peach U-pick Guides coming later this spring. 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 or in our Directory.

IMPORTANT:

  • We will do our best to keep an updated list below of who is currently open, however we cannot begin to keep track of ever-changing U-Pick days/hours so a website and/or Facebook page is included for each farm so you can check yourself when you plan to go. (Facebook is typically the best source for updated info)
  • There are some farms open all season for upick (December – April)
  • Many farms will not open until their commercial season ends, which is typically in March and is dependent on the weather.
  • Be sure to pull up the address before you make plans, some of these farms are a 1+ hour drive from Lakeland. 

Strawberries Plant City UPickUPDATE FRIDAY – 3/13/20

Farms currently open: Hunsader Farms, JG Ranch, Oak Haven Farms, Pappy’s U-Pick

Open but no set dates, Facebook for updates: Center Hill Farm, Fancy Farms, Strawberry Passion Organics

No Updates yet for 2020: 5K Farms Organic UPick,  Favorite Farms

Closed for 2020: Spivey Farms

Directory of U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Central FL

Center Hill Farm U-Pick
2949 Center Hill Road, Highlands | Hardee | South of Polk County, Florida 33834
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Hunsader Farms
5500 County Road 675, Tampa | St. Pete | Clearwater, Florida 34211
Click here for more details
JG Ranch
17200 Wiscon Road, Tampa | St. Pete | Clearwater, Florida 34601
Click here for more details

Berry Bay Farms in Wimauma has been on our list in previous years. Unfortunately this farm is now closed due to the death of the owner, per a Facebook post in December 2019.

Map of U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Plant City & Central Florida

U Pick Strawberry Farms Near Me  –  U Pick Strawberries Near Me  –  U Pick Strawberries Plant City

Strawberry Picking Tips

  • Check the Farm’s website or Facebook page the day before or day of your visit to confirm hours
  • Pick early in the morning when it is still cool.
  • 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.
  • Bring your own container, not too deep. Many fields do not keep containers on site.
  • Take CASH!! Many fields only accept cash.
  • Strawberries do NOT ripen once picked, so be sure to select firm, ripe berries, and pick them with the leafy green top ON.
  • Check under leaves as some of the best berries are hiding there.
  • Berries need to be kept cool once picked, plan your day accordingly or bring ice if you aren’t taking them home immediately.
  • If berries are not used immediately, refrigerate and loosely cover with paper towel or plastic wrap. Do not wash or cut tops until ready to use.

If you LOVE all things strawberry, don’t miss the Florida Strawberry Festival happening February 27 – March 8, 2020 in Plant City.

Know of a farm in Central Florida offering Strawberry U-Pick hours? Leave a comment below and we’ll add them to our list.

U-Pick Guides & Farmers Markets

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