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Peach U-Pick Orchards in Marion County, Florida in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for peaches that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have peaches orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

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! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Marion County

  • Blues Brothers Farm - blackberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, gift shop, porta-potties are available, face painting, Inflatables or Bounce house
    4290 NE 97 Street Rd, Anthony, FL 32617. Phone: 352-629-0039. Open: UPDATE for 2021, Their website is gone; Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open? If so, please write me, their last reported hours were Monday - Saturday open 8 am to 4 Blueberries April - May Blackberries June - July Peaches Grapes Aug - Sept Go to our website for more detail hours. Directions: Exit 358 from 75, go north on 441301 for 2.5 miles to 95 Street follow road to dead end, Ruth left go to dead end turn right you will be on 97 Street Road go 12 mile to 4290 on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Exit 358 from 75, go north on 441/301 for 2.5 miles to 95 Street follow road to dead end, Ruth left go to dead end turn right you will be on 97 Street Road go 1/2 mile to 4290 on right. Monday - Saturday open 8 to 4 Blueberries April-May Blackberries June-July Peaches Grapes Aug-Sept Go to our website for more detail hours. Bring the family, fun for the kids. Vendors and gifts for all. A visitor writes on April 12, 2014: "We went on opening day and even though it was early in the season, I still came away with 10lbs of berries! It was so clean and nice but there is very little signage to show the way. And my GPS tried to take me in a back way which ended up in someone else's driveway! But the berries were so good and I am ready to go back again! It was worth the drive to Marion County"
    Comments from a visitor on June 12, 2010: "My young sons and I picked 6 pounds of thorn-less blackberries today. The owners said they would have berries through at least Wednesday of this week (i.e. June 16th). Call ahead to be sure. Absolutely beautiful location, pristine grounds, luscious and delicious ripe berries, and NO THORNS. Super nice owners, as well. "
  • Florida Peach Farms and Nurseries - peaches,
    5109 E Highway 316, Citra, FL 32113. Phone: 352-595-3724. Email: sjp@floridapeachfn.com. Open: Their website is down April 2015 and Facebook has nothing, so call before you go for pyo on Saturday 7am to 7pm to Sunday 7am to 3pm. Directions: The farm is located 20 minutes north of Ocala , 3 miles east of 200A on Highway 316 or 5 miles west of Highway 315. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Florida Peach Farms and Nurseries Alternate Phone: 305-970-7634. Fax: 305-267-6652. . Their website is down (April 2015) and Facebook has nothing, so call before you go for pyo on Saturday 7am to 7pm to Sunday 7am to 3pm. Peaches are typically available from May 14 to June 12. Florida Peach Farms & Nurseries is now picking peaches. There are plenty of fruits ready to be picked. The price is $1.50 per lbs. They are sweet and delicious, melt in the mouth. See you all there, share this message with all your friends and neighbors.
  • Plantland Nursery & Orchards - Muscadines, grapes, peaches, persimmons, pears, greens (mustard, collards, turnips), peas (southern)-
    5256 W Anthony Rd, Ocala, FL . Phone: (352) 497-6271. Email: plantlandnurseryorchards@gmail.com. Open: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (352) 622-7179. . Open Usually available in November to February (greens), June to July (peas), July to August (grapes and pears), September to October (persimmons).Peaches started in 2009. Naturally grown Persimmons (Fuyu, Saijo and Tanenashi) and Muscadine grapes (Bronze and black)

 

Peaches

Peach Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

In the U.S., Peaches typically peak during late June through July in the South, and July and August in the North. In order to produce good local peaches, producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts. If you want to know which are the best varieties of peaches for home canning, see this page!

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - Peaches are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for peaches, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
    If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Peaches more than 14 inches deep will bruise the fruit on the bottom. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.
  5. You might want to ask whether the peaches are! There are two major types of peaches: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone peaches and nectarines have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain, because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most peach varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (dependingThe Giant Peach water tower in Gaffney, SC upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone. 

When you get home

  1. Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or damaged fruit to use immediately.
  2. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and freeze them up!
  3. Even under ideal conditions peaches will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after purchase
  4. Now, get ready to make Peach jam or canned peaches - It is VERY easy - especially with our free
     - peach jam instructions - they're illustrated and easy and our page on
     - how to make home canned peaches from fresh!
    - Or see here to freeze peaches instead!
    - make your own home canned peach pie filling to use in the winter
  5. Here's a great and easy peach pie recipe
    or peach-blueberry pie  or how about
    - peach salsa?
    - Peach chutney
    - Spiced peaches
    - peach butter
    - Peach honey
    - pickled peaches
    - peach syrup
    - peach juice
  6. Here are some great and easy peach desert recipes, like easy peach cobbler.
  7. If you want more information about the Giant Peach water tower in Gaffney, SC, click here.

Temporary Storage Tips

  • Ripe peaches have a creamy or golden undertone and "peachy-sweet" fragrance.
  • Peaches should be refrigerated and used within a few days.
  • Putting peaches and nectarines in a loosely closed paper bag at room temperature for a day or two can help soften firm fruit - but they won't become sweeter or ripen further - that stopped when they were removed from th etree.
  • For best flavor, allow the fruit to ripen fully on the tree.
  • Store at 33�F to 40�F  and high humidity (a vegetable drawer in the fridge).

How to tell if the peaches are ripe!

  • Attached to the tree: Peaches are best picked when the fruit separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it isn't ripe! Peaches will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they only "soften")
  • Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as an indicator of how ripe a peach is. Different peach varieties have differing amounts of red blush in their natural coloring. Pick them when the ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red (or a combination). The skin of yellow-fleshed varieties ripens to an orange tint, while the skin of white-fleshed varieties changes from greenish- to yellow-white.
  • Softness: unless you like your peaches very firm, pick your peaches with just a little "give" when gently pressed. Peaches at this stage are great for eating, freezing, and baking. Peaches won't ripen very much after picking!
  • Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!

Tips on How to Pick Peaches

A peach is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a peach gently, with little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to avoid bruising.  Grab the peach firmly and pull it straight off the branch. DON'T drop the peach into the basket, but set it in gently!

Marks on the Peachs: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs) bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the peach. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit.  These look like dents in the peaches if the peaches were bitten by a bug when they were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle in the peach. There's nothing wrong with these peaches. They may look funny, but they will taste just as good as blemish-free peaches, and it's better not to have the pesticides!

How much do you need?

Raw measures:

  • About 2 medium peaches = 1 cup sliced peaches.
  • About 4 medium peaches = 1 cup pureed peach.
  • About 3 medium peaches = 1 pound of peaches

Process yields (Raw amounts to processed amounts)

  • 2 to 21/2 pounds of fresh peaches yields 1 quart canned
  • 1 lb of fresh peaches typically yields 3 cups of peeled, sliced peaches or 2 cups or puree.
  • It takes about 5 good sizes peaches or nectarines (or about 10 plums) to fill one quart jar of canned peaches.
  • An average of 171/2 pounds of fresh peaches are needed per canner load of 7 quarts;
  • An average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.
  • 1 bushel = 48 to 50 pounds, yields approximately 18 to 25 quart jars.

And a visitor contributes this: 6-7 peaches makes about 4 cups puree, so 2-3 peaches make about 2 cups puree. 1 peach equals about 1 cup puree.

Peaches-Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent

 

Peach pit tips

It's best to remove peach pits before you cook the peaches. Cherry, peach, and apricot pits also contain amygdalin; the latter two, in potentially harmful amounts. Fortunately, peach and apricot pits are sufficiently large and hard that few people intentionally swallow or chew them. (The unapproved anti-cancer drug See this page for more information&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/cam/laetrile">Laetrile is a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; a cheaper version of laetrile produced in Mexico came from crushed apricot pits.) See this page for more information.

 

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