Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Manatee County, west Florida? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Manatee County, west Florida,
sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name
(see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function)
If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China,
as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.
Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as
changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook
page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or
Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally
overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with
the farm directly before you go!
And if you know of any farms I missed and want to
add a farm, please let me know!
I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find
anything out-of-date, wrong or not working -
please let me know!
What's in season in November 2018, and
other timely information:
Notes for November 2018: Autumn is here! Apples, pears,
Fall raspberries, figs, winter squash ,
corn mazes and
are here. And there are still tomatoes, corn and other
vegetables in most areas. Check your area's
copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for
See these pages to find a local
apple festival, and see our guide to
apple varieties (when they ripen, best uses), . Also picking tips, recipes, canning and freezing directions for
See our comprehensive list of
home canning, jam and jelly
making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access
recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
feel free to write me! It is easy to
make your own ice cream,
even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note,
there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now. They have all
copied their information form here and usually do not ever update. Since
2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see
anything wrong or outdated, please
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Children's Consignment Sales
occur in both the Spring and Fall
See our companion website to find a local
community or church kid's consignment sale!
Manatee County, west Florida U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
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
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
BellaBlue Berry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm,
porta-potties are available
43405 State Road 64 East, Myakka Head, FL
34251. Phone: 727-364-4899. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 9am
until 7pm; Weekdays can be available if they do not conflict with our
commercial harvest; Please call and inquire. Directions: From Bradenton we
are located on State Road 64 East about 25 minutes from Interstate 75. From
central Florida we are about the same distance on State Road 64 West from
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
Click here for our Facebook page. 2015 Update: Our blueberry season
usually begins about the third week of March and continues until the end of
May, or until all the fruit is harvested. This year the fruit is developing
early so follow us on Facebook for updates. Generally there will be plenty
of fruit available since there are thousands of plants, however we suggest
that you call ahead. We use an integrated pest management system and do not
apply chemical pesticides to our fruit. Please visit our website and like us
on Facebook. See you at the farm!.
Hunsader U-Pick Farms - vegetables, Pumpkins, strawberries
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida. Phone: 941-322-2168. Open Mid- September
through mid-June. U-pick hotline (941)331-1212 -Cantaloupes, watermelons,
corn, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash.
Others: broccoli (December 1-April 1), Cabbage (December 1-April 1),
Canteloupes (September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Cauliflower
(December 1-April 1), Citrus (November 1-April 1), Cucumbers (September
15-December 1, April 15-June 15), FL. Sweet onions (December 1-June 1),
Gourds (September 15-November25), Hard squash (September 15-December 1,
April 15-June 15), Peppers (October 20-December 10, May 1-June 15), Pumpkins
(September 20-November 25), Sweet corn (September 15-December 1, April
15-June 15), Tomatoes (October 20-December 10, May 1-June 15), Watermelons
(September 15-December 1, April 15-June 15), Strawberries (December 15-May
Hydro-Taste - blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes,
Fresh eggs, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, birthday parties,
weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
Bethany Road, Myakka City , FL 34251. Phone: (941) 322-0429. Alternate
Phone: 941 929 3243. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates:
Click here for picking updates. Directions: From 75 east off of 70 11.4
miles to Verna Bethany Road. Turn Left on Verna Bethany Road travel miles.
Hydro-Taste on Left. Fresh Strawberries from October 31 to July 15. Payment:
Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
Click here for our Facebook page. We are a U-Pick Farm that grows
Hydroponically. No Bending, No kneeling, No dirt. All Produce is pure and
Natural. We specialize in Strawberries. (UPDATED: December 18, 2016)
Comments from a visitor on August 07, 2012: "2 words....Very
Disappointing, I called and looked on line, we were looking forward to
picking our own fruit, We were looking for pineapples and blue berries when
we called they said they were ready to be picked. We drove 2 hours and when
we got there we walked in and were asked if we were there for sandwiches? Uh
NO, then said we wanted to pick we were then told "oh well we don't have any
thing to pick, but have some in the market" We did get a pineapple but
nothing else was there we wanted. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!"
O'Brien Family Farms -
Uses natural growing practices, broccoli,
carrots, strawberries, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions
/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
16505 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34212. Phone: (941) 896-4811. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm,
Saturday from 9am to 4pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm, Closed Monday and
Tuesday. Directions: O'Brien Family Farms is located on State Road 64 East
in Bradenton, Florida. If you're coming from I-75, get off on exit 220, head
East on State Road 64 East for approximately 6.5 miles. O'Brien Family Farms
will be located on the North side of State Road 64.
Click here for a map and directions. O'Brien Family Farms is open
seasonally from November to May. We use natural practices, but are not yet
certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
Click here for our Facebook page. O'Brien Family Farms dedicates a 1/2
acre for hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables that are available for
u-pick. O'Brien Family Farms also has 5 acres of row crops grown next to the
farm stand that are picked fresh daily for the stand. O'Brien Family Farms
u-pick operation is open to the public every day that the farm stand is
open. Our u-pick operation consists of 29 rows of hydroponic stacks, which
is equivalent to approximately 2,500+ stacks, 14,000+ pots and over 56,000
plants! In our hydroponically grown u-pick area, the public can pick their
own strawberries, cauliflower, cheddar cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage,
celery, red & green leaf lettuces, carrots, radishes and more based on
availability. We also grow bell peppers and tomatoes hydroponically in our
green houses. O'Brien Family Farms row crop acreage consists of yellow
squash, Florida sweet onions, golden zucchini, zucchini, melons, cucumbers,
sunflowers, eggplant, tomatoes and specialty peppers such as cubanelles,
poblanos, jalapenos, banana peppers and more. Our row crops are hand-picked
daily and sold in the produce section of the O'Brien Family Farms farm
standO'Brien Family Farms also has refreshments such as fresh fruit
smoothies, strawberry shortcake, ice cream, milkshakes, and more. We also
offer limited lunch items such as BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and
black bean soup.
- Old Mission Vineyards - Grapes
19600 SR 64 East, Bradenton,
FL 34212. Phone: 941-746-6334. Open Monday thru Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00 pm,
Beginning July 24th. 8 miles east of I-75 on south side of SR 64, Nobles and
Carlos $1.00/LB, We have grapevines for sale.
- Plesscher Groves - grapefruit, lemons,
oranges, other citrus, tangerines, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on
the farm, U-pick and already picked
3350 Co. Road 675 E, Bradenton, FL
34211. Phone: 941-322-2030. Open:
Oranges are currently available; The Groves are open December 5th to
April 1st annually, 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: From Tampa:
Follow I-75 S. Take exit 220 for FL-64 E s. Turn left onto FL-64 E. Turn
right onto Co Road 675/Waterbury Road The groves will be on your Right. From
Sarasota: Follow I-75 N. Take exit 220A for FL-64 E. Turn right onto FL-64
E. Turn right onto Co Road 675/Waterbury Road The groves will be on your
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We also sell
Rosa Fiorelli Winery - muscadine grapes, gift shop, restrooms,
picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours,
events at your location (call for info)
4250 County Road 675, Bradenton,
FL 34211. Phone: 941-322-0976. Fax: 941-322-8208. Email:
[email protected]. Open: The winery is open year round everyday except
Tuesdays; The fields are open for u-pick in August, call ahead for exact
dates. Directions: When traveling North down I-75 take the exit for SR 64.
Head East on SR64 for approximately 12 miles. Turn right on County Road 675.
Look for flags in front of our driveway, winery is on the right. When
traveling South on I-75 take the exit for SR70. Head East on SR70 for
approximately 12 miles. Turn left on County Road 675. Look for flags in
front of our driveway, winery is on the left.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards,
Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
Click here for our Facebook page.
availability of other non pyo crops (berries, vegetables, etc.) in
Florida, click here!