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 10, 2021.
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm.
For more information call 352-817-2660 or visit here.
Bay Lake Blueberry Farm
Blueberries make everything better — smoothies, pies, waffles, you name it! Organic blueberries are ready for picking in June at the Bay Lake Blueberry Farms and they have everything you need to pick them and take them home with you. A tasty must while you are there is to try the farm’s homemade blueberry ice cream!
20525 Hwy 315
Fort McCoy, FL 32134
For hours, call 352-546-3834 for visit their Facebook Page.
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!
2459 NE 98th St
Anthony, FL 32617
Season/Hours: 8am – 4pm Mon-Sun, April to May
For more information, click here.
Southern Grace Berries
Southern Grace Berries is a veteran owned and operated blueberry farm located in Citra, FL, which is between Ocala and Gainesville. The farm is 30 acres and grows a variety fresh early spring blueberries to choose from. Southern Grace Berries provides buckets, picking harnesses and bags/containers to bring your fresh pick home! This farm’s picking season opens mid to end March 2021.
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 386-590-4631 or visit here.
Yancey Blueberry Silver Springs
Sweeten up your pancakes and muffins with delicious blueberries from Yancey Blueberry Silver Springs. Tasty fruit is berriful!
11821 Southeast 1st Street Road
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Season/Hours: Apr 14, 2021 – May 8, 2021.
Open Monday-Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm.
For more information, call 352- 625-4386 or visit here.
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 provide 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: As of May, this farm is open for U-Pick by appointment only.
To book, call 352-812-5462 or click here.
U-Pick blackberries are available usually from May-Early July; Blueberries from Mid-April – May; and Peaches until Mid-May.
Timberline Farm located in Belleview offers U-Pick grapes in August!