This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Organic farms are identified in green! See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!
Where in Florida to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This page provides a detailed list of Florida's pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees!
Click on the links below for your area, or scroll down the page for a clickable map!
Pick your own farms in Florida
Click on your area in this list or click on the map further down this page:
- Florida Panhandle (Pensacola, Tallahassee)
- North / Northeast Florida (Jacksonville, Gainesville)
- West and Southwest Florida (Tampa, St. Pete, Naples, Lakeland, Sarasota)
- Southeast Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach)
- Central and central-east coast Florida (Orlando, Daytona, Melbourne, Fort Pierce)
- Florida's fruit and vegetable festivals
- Florida citrus harvest calendar (when to go pick oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes)
- Other crop availability / harvest schedule - click here
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
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Festivals and Events
Bostwick Blueberry Festival
- See their website for most current dates; Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 8 am
- 4 pm.
Bostwick Community Center Bostwick Public Library 125 Tillman Street, Bostwick, FL 32007. Phone: 904-268-3346. Directions: Off US Highway 17, 7 miles north of Palatka. It is held at the Bostwick Community Center in Bostwick, Florida, 125 Tillman Street. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May. Open: Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 8 am to 4 pm. Payment: Blueberry pancake breakfast served from 8 am to noon (5.00), arts and crafts, country store, fresh blueberries, homemade blueberry pies and other blueberry baked goods for sale, plants for sale, library book fair, continuous entertainment, refreshments and snacks. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 15, 2011)
Pasco County Blueberry Festival - Blueberry Jerry Jamboree
- May 13, 2011 to May 15, 2011
Alric Pottberg Road, Hudson, FL 34610. Directions: At the Concourse entrance off of SR 52 in Hudson between Hays Rd & the Veterans Expressway (safety town entrance). Featuring lots of Blueberry Goodies, Vendors, Food, Entertainment, a Kids Fun Zone w/ Bounce Houses & Games, etc... Lots of fun for everyone! Vendors or Sponsors: Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(ADDED: March 22, 2011)
Wellborn Blueberry Festival
- the first Friday and Saturday in June (Friday and Saturday, July 7
and 8, 2013 )
1340 - 8th Avenue, Wellborn, FL 32094. Phone: 386-963-1157. Alternate Phone: 386-590-0002. Fax: 386-963-1151. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Wellborn is halfway between Jacksonville & Tallahassee in North Florida. From I-10, take Exit 292 (Wellborn CR 137) and go south to the blinking light; turn right. Click here for a map and directions. Come join us for two fun-filled days of blueberry treats and entertainment. Admission is free; Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors, Country Store featuring blueberry items, live entertainment, blueberry bake-off and tasting party, blueberry pancake breakfast, parade, talent contest, and kid's games. (UPDATED: March 24, 2013)
Click on the map for the area you are interested in!
Note about strawberries in Florida: There are a few strawberry u-pick farms in Florida open during the entire season, which lasts from December through April). Most commercial farms do not open their fields to the general public until the end of the season, which is usually in April (depending on the weather).
NOTE: The exit numbers on the Interstates have changed, but we have no way of knowing what the new correct exit numbers are until the farmers correct their listings; so be sure to ask when you call the farms!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!
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[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
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