It's rapidly becoming a favorite season of the year. Although typically only lasting 6 weeks, Lake County's blueberry season is bountiful.
The state's history of growing blueberries began in the late 1800's. The sweet, tasty crop was one of Florida's tastiest secrets. It wasn't until the 1970's that the current hybrid cultivar blueberry was introduced and by the mid 1980's mass plantings took root in north central and northwestern Florida. The industry has grown ten fold and over the last 30 years, hundreds of small blueberry farms have sprouted throughout the state.
It shouldn't be any surprise. With over 1,400 lakes and seven of the top 11 lakes for bass fishing in Florida, Lake County is the place to catch trophy fish.
“Anglers regard Lake County’s lakes as some of the most diverse and abundant for fishing in the entire state,” said Adam Sumner, Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Division Manager. “Florida is the fishing capital of the world, but Lake County is quickly becoming known as a premier destination for trophy largemouth bass." Read more.
One of the most visible downtown buildings is getting a few upgrades. The New Orleans-style landmark on the corner of 5th Avenue & Donnelly Street recently had new windows replace the boards on the second floor, plus a new roof and exterior painting are in progress. Read more.
Sometimes it's good to be blue. Well, at least for a weekend.
Now in its second year, the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival is expected to be bigger and better in its new lakefront location in Evans Park. The downtown festival runs April 23-24 celebrating the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to the Central Florida. Read more.