2016 Season of U-Pick is now open
There are some strawberry u-pick farms in Florida open during the entire season (December – April). However, commercial farms do not open their fields to u-pickers until the end of the season, which is usually in April (depending on the weather).
Current Farms Open for U-Pick:
Mid-March is Berry Bay Farms’ U-Pick season usually begins. They will allow the public to pick their own strawberries in March. Please check their website or you can call their office at (813) 642-9866 for more information.
No need to schedule an appointment. Just come out to the farm, once the fields have opened for u-pick, and they will greet you at the gate.
Berry Bay Farms is solely owned by Marvin and Linda Brown. They have been in the strawberry business since 1978 and have been involved with several more farms and 2 cooler/sales companies.
If you have any further questions, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5135 Bonita Drive
Wimauma, FL 33598
As a rule of thumb, Favorite Farms is generally open for U-Pick in mid to late March. The weather and market conditions determine when they are open.
Please check the website or you can call their office at (813) 986-3949 for more information.
10070 McIntosh Road
Dover, FL 33527, USA
Shady Acres Farm
Shady Acres Farm is located in Dover, Florida. It is owned and operated by Russell & Eva Nell Griffin. The Griffin’s are fourth generation to Dover and have been growing Fresh Florida Strawberries since 1974. If you have any further questions, please call the office at (813) 759-8402
Shady Acres Farm
3420 Gallagher Road
Dover, FL 33527
If you have any questions that are unanswered on this post, text them at 813-917-1756 or e-mail them.
Learn more about the Spivey Farm family, we documented their story back in 2011.
Berries are priced at $1.00 for 2 quarts, cash only. If you want to pick your berries in half-flats you bring, it’s $1.50 per half-flat (one half-flat = 3 quarts). If you want to pick your berries in a flat you bring, it’s $3.00 per flat (one flat = six quarts).
What You Need:
- Spivey Farms will provide the quart cups to pick in, but you need to bring containers to store and take your strawberries home. Very deep containers are not advised as piling strawberries too high in your container will cause the berries on the bottom to be severely bruised and may be no good.
- Considering this is a time of year in Florida when the temperature is warm, make sure to wear loose-fitting clothing. Sunscreen and hats are recommended to avoid overexposure to the heat.
- You’re more than welcome to bring your own drinks and/or snacks to the farm. If you do bring your own food/drink, please make sure not to leave any garbage remaining around or in the field.
- For all the tips you need on the hows and whats of strawberry picking/freezing/etc., we highly recommend this site which covers all aspects for you.
6101 County Road 39 South
Plant City, FL 33567
5808 Varn Road
Plant City, FL 33565
Hours: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Open 7 days a week
Helpful U-Pick Tips:
- Dress comfortably. Wear loose fitting clothing.
- Wear a hat or cap and bring sunscreen.
- Bring your own containers.
- If you plan to spend the day, take ice to keep berries cool.
- Select only firm ripe berries.
- Be careful not to remove the tops of the berries.
- Make an effort to pick every ripe berry on each plant rather than jumping from plant to plant and row to row.