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Peach U-Pick Orchards in Pasco County, west 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.

Pasco County

  • Bob's Blueberry Farm & Nursery - No pesticides are used blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    11229 Pincus Dr, Hudson, FL 34669. Phone: 727-2374485. Email: blueberry4195@verizon.net. Open: Monday thru Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm Mid - April Thru June. Directions: We have two locations of operation in Hudson 1\) 11229 Pincus Dr. Hudson, FL. 34669 2\) 8700 Rhodes Road Hudson, FL. 34667 Please Call to see which farm is . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. Bob's Blueberry Farm & Nursery Alternate Phone: 727-863-4214. . We have two locations of operation in Hudson 1) 11229 Pincus Dr. Hudson, FL. 34669 2) 8700 Rhodes Road Hudson, FL. 34667 Please Call to see which farm is open on the day you plan to visit. We do not use pesticides on the crops. In 2021, Blueberries are $3.00 per pound for U-pick /$4 per pound already picked. Hours will be based on weather and availability.. usually open every day.
  • Florida Sweeties You - Pick Peaches - Pick Peaches - No pesticides are used, peaches, U-pick and already picked
    13023 Curley Rd, Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 727-320-5151. Email: FloridaSweetiesFarms@live.com. Open: We have four orchards in Dade City that we rotate through, to give You Pickers the best opportunity to go home with plenty of luscious, perfectly ripe peaches. Directions: From I-75 heading North: Go North towards Ocala. Go to State Road 52 \(Exit 285\) and turn right. Head East towards Dade City. Make a left at the first stop light, which is Curley Road Drive 1.1 miles down, Florida Sweeties orchard is on the left. From I-75 heading South: Go South on I-75 towards Tampa, Go to State Road 52 \(Exit 285\) and turn left towards Dade CIty, Make a left at the first stop light, which is Curley Road Drive 1.1 miles to Florida Sweeties orchard on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash and credit cards.
    Florida Sweeties You - Pick Peaches Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 352-5858-0722. . Check our Facebook page, or call to find out which orchard is open for You Pick, which days, and what hours. From I-75 heading North: Go North towards Ocala. Go to State Road 52 (Exit 285) and turn right. Head East towards Dade City. Make a left at the first stop light, which is Curley Road Drive 1.1 miles down, Florida Sweeties orchard is on the left. From I-75 heading South: Go South on I-75 towards Tampa, Go to State Road 52 (Exit 285) and turn left towards Dade CIty, Make a left at the first stop light, which is Curley Road Drive 1.1 miles to Florida Sweeties orchard on the left. You - Pick Peaches: May 11th to approximately June 1st (close date will be determined upon fruit availability;). We do not use pesticides on the crops. Please note dates are subject to change upon availability of fruit!. (UPDATED: December 11, 2022, JBS)
  • Greishop Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) - peaches
    32999 Grieshop Rd., Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 727-320-5151. Email: FloridaSweetiesFarms@live.com. Open: usually starts in late March, then daily from 9 am to 4 pm for the few weeks of the peach season. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash and credit cards.
    Greishop Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 352-5858-0722. . Typical prices (may change) 8 lb buckets are $15. . (UPDATED: December 11, 2022, JBS)
  • Hancock Groves - UPDATE 2023 permanently closed oranges, strawberries, peaches, gift shop
    31107 Blanton Road, Dade City, FL 33523. Phone: 352-588-3801. Open: permanently closed. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. 95217Hancock Groves - UPDATE 2023 oranges, strawberries, peaches, gift shop UPDATE for 2023, A visitor tells me the farm is . Always call ahead for hours and availability, peak orange season starts in November. See this page for pictures. We are a family farm that grows citrus fruit, strawberries and peaches. You are allowed to walk through the farm and pick the fruits that are in season. (UPDATED: May 01, 2023)
    Comments from a visitor on March 06, 2011: "It was really nice. We don't get oranges fresh off the tree up here. The orchard looked pretty big and well-kept. The oranges were very large and juicy. Not sure what all they had. We saw a sign to pick your own oranges while we were driving through Florida and stopped and picked a bag. They also were selling pecans and strawberries other fruits that were pre-picked."
  • Peaches of Pasco - Certified Pesticide free, peaches, u-pick and prepicked
    12119 Ducklake Canal Rd, Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 813-714-1112. Open: mid-April thru June Sunday - Friday Hour are 9am to 5pm;. Directions: Between Zephyrhills and Dade City off highway 35A \(Old Lakeland Rd.\) East on Enterprise 1 mile, then left onto Duck Lake Canal Road just a short ways on Duck Lake till you see all the Peach Trees and the Old 2-story Farm House. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . @AOL.com. Between Zephyrhills and Dade City off highway 35A (Old Lakeland Rd.) East on Enterprise 1 mile, then left onto Duck Lake Canal Road just a short ways on Duck Lake till you see all the Peach Trees and the Old 2-story Farm House. Red, White and Yellow Pie peaches. $20 per 1/2 bushel. Certified Pesticide Free by State of Florida, Dept. of Agriculture
    Comments from a visitor on June 06, 2010: "Same peaches being sold at Publix and Sweet Bay! Huge and delicious!"
  • Peachy Keen Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) - peaches
    15701 Jessamine Road, Dade City, FL 33523. Phone: 727-320-5151. Email: FloridaSweetiesFarms@live.com. Open: usually starts in late March, then daily from 9 am to 4 pm for the few weeks of the peach season. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash and credit cards.
    Peachy Keen Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 352-5858-0722. . Typical prices (may change) 8 lb buckets are $15. . (UPDATED: December 11, 2022, JBS)
  • Rusty Creek Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) - peaches
    13822 Scharber Rd, Dade City, FL 33525. Phone: 727-320-5151. Email: FloridaSweetiesFarms@live.com. Open: usually starts in late March, then daily from 9 am to 4 pm for the few weeks of the peach season. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash and credit cards.
    Rusty Creek Orchard (a Florida Sweeties Orchard) Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 352-5858-0722. . Typical prices (may change) 8 lb buckets are $15. (UPDATED: December 11, 2022, JBS)

 

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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