Berry Sweet Picking: U-Pick Farms in Ocala/Marion County
Nothing beats a bowl of fresh, ripe fruit — except maybe the satisfaction of knowing you hand-picked each piece yourself. So grab your family or a small group of friends to get outdoors and experience a fun day at one of Ocala/Marion County’s local farms — where the people are friendly and the fruit’s aplenty!
The picking seasons start to kick off in March and some last all the way into September.
To help you plan your picking adventure, here’s a breakdown of the best places and times of year where you can pick blueberries, blackberries and peaches and other produce:
Abshier Blueberry Farm
At Abshier Blueberry Farm, you can pick your own blueberries and blackberries and buy jam or your every own berry plant to bring home! Some of the blueberry types include primadonnas, emeralds and sweet crisps. Bring the kids a long and sit down at one of the picnic tables while you are at the farm and have a taste of your pickings.
3960 SE 115th Street
Belleview, FL 34420
Season/Hours: Starts April 5, 2023 .
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm.
For more information call 352-817-2660 or visit here.
This friendly farm located just north of Ocala offers four different varieties of blueberries to pick and blueberry fields that are easy to walk through. You can even push a stroller through fields, so bring the young kiddos with you! Blueberry Downs now offers a tour of the farm where visitors can see horses, donkeys, sheep, bunnies and more!
2459 NE 98th St
Anthony, FL 32617
B&G Blueberries is a family owned and operated farm located in the north east of Ocala/Marion County. The farm has been a u-pick farm since 1980! Buckets for picking and bags to bring home your tasty finds are provided. You may also bring your own containers.
10203 NE 10th St
Ft McCoy, FL 321134
Season/Hours: Late May – June. For the open days and varying hours, please call the farm at 352 -236-4410.
Amaru Berries is a blueberry farm in Citra, FL, which is between Ocala and Gainesville. The cozy, 30-acre farm and grows a variety fresh early spring blueberries to choose from. Amaru Berries provides buckets, picking harnesses and bags/containers to bring your fresh pick home!
18510 NE 19th Court
Citra, FL 32113
Season/Hours: Harvest season begins Mid to late March.
Open Tuesday - Friday 9 am – 6 pm. Saturday 9 am – 3 pm.
For open dates and hours, call 786-229-6119
Yancey's Blueberry Farm Silver Springs
Sweeten up your pancakes and muffins with delicious blueberries from Yancey Blueberry Silver Springs. Tasty fruit is berriful! Make sure to bring your own container or bag with you.
11821 Southeast 1st Street Road
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Season/Hours: Season begins on April 1st.
Open Monday-Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm.
For more information, call 352-625-4386 or visit their Facebook page.
Wet Hammock Farm at Douglass Farm
Blueberries, blackberries, peaches and flowers are waiting to be picked and bitten into at this beautiful U-Pick Farm located on the Douglass Farm that has been around since 1918 and is still run by the Douglas Family. The farm provides buckets for you to pick and bags to bring the fruit home with you, but you are welcome to bring your own bucket.
4500 E Hwy 318
Citra, FL 32113
Season/Hours: Days/Hours vary, so please call 352-812-5462 for more details.
The first day for blueberry picking is March 25 from 9am to 2pm. U-Pick peaches, blackberries and flower season will likely start in late April this year. Stay tuned for updates by visiting WetHammockFarm.com.
Timberline Farm located in Belleview offers U-Pick grapes in August!