Locally, it’s become a favorite season of the year and this year’s blueberry season in Lake County kicked off in late March and is expected to continue through May.
The top three local U-pick farms currently have prices that range from $4.95 to $5.00 per pound for the sweet and nutritious treat. Eager blueberry lovers should pick to their heart’s content since blueberries are widely considered a “super food” that’s low in calories and high in nutrients and antioxidants. Here's the list of local U-Pick blueberry farms and their current price per pound and u-pick hours:
atwood family farm
25079 SE Hwy 450, Umatilla, 352-630-0145 This farm's blueberry season opens April 2. U-pick days and Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Prices: U-pick blueberries will be $4.95 per pound and pre-picked berries are $13.00 per two-pound container.
The farm has a new market at its entrance that will be open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those wanting to buy pre-picked berries, sunflowers, homemade fudge, roasted nuts, and more. There will also be farm activities and special events on select weekends during blueberry season.
Blue bayou farms (organic)
8222 CR 48, Yalaha, 352-267-5277 U-pick days and hours: Tuesday and Thursday, as well as every weekend from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices: $5.00 per pound for U-pick and $7.00 per pound for pre-picked berries. Customers are asked to please wear close-toed shoes for picking. Blueberry season ends around the end of May but the farm’s crop varies every year. The farm will also have blackberries ready for picking in May.
far reach ranch
1255 South Dora Blvd., Tavares, 352-343-7389 U-Pick days and hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices: U-pick $5.00 per pound for U-pick. $6.50 per pound for pre-picked berries. The farm also sells jams, honey and blueberry wines, and on select weekends it features food vendors, music, a kids zone and a full bar.
Due to weather and field and berry conditions, U-pick hours and pricing can change, so it's recommended that pickers call the farm prior to visiting.