It’s become one of the favorite seasons in Lake County. This year’s blueberry season kicks off the end of March and is expected to continue through May.
The growing number of local U-Pick farms currently has prices that range from approximately $4 for regular berries to $8 per pound for organic. Eager blueberry lovers should pick to their hearts’ content since blueberries are widely considered a “super food” that’s low in calories and high in nutrients and antioxidants.
The state's history of growing blueberries began in the late 1800's. The sweet 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 tenfold over the last 30 years with hundreds of small blueberry farms sprouting up throughout the state.
Pickers should wear closed-toe shoes and pack drinking water. Due to variable picking hours, berry availability and weather conditions, it's recommended visitors call farms prior to visiting.
Here's the list of local U-Pick blueberry farms: Atwood Family U-Pick Farm 25079 SE Hwy 450, Umatilla 352-630-0145
Blue Bayou Farms (organic) 8222 CR 48, Yalaha 352-267-5277 Other offerings: hot dogs and moonshine.
Far Reach Ranch Heavenly Blueberries 1255 South Dora Blvd., Tavares 352-343-7389 Other offerings: A variety of blueberry jams, blueberry salsa and local honey.
King Grove Organic Farm 19741 CR 44A, Eustis 352-589-2469
Lake Catherine Blueberries 5849 Lake Catherine Rd, Groveland 352-551-4110 Other offerings: Blackberries, jams, blueberry lemonade, ice cream, baked goods. Artisan Acres 31614 Bottany Woods Dr., Eustis 407-915-4122 Other offerings: Local honey.
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