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  • Looking for a u pick blueberry farm?

    Looking for a u pick blueberry farm? It's that time of year were blueberries in Florida are at is ripest.  This is the time most farms begin their u-pick period.  Blueberries have been on the media lately as they've become a member of the "super foods" group.  According to the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, blueberries are full of cancer fighting anti-oxidants and anti-aging/memory enhancement nutrients.

    Here's a list of local blueberry farms who are now open for U-picks.  Remember to dress comfortably when visiting these farms, wear a cap/hat and bring sunscreen.  Also, bring cash and please call ahead to make sure they are open.  But most of all, have fun!

    Big Bear Farms

    u pick blueberry farms

    Big Bear Farms is located at 7606 Kinard Rd, Plant City, FL.  Big Bear Farms will be open April 26 from 1pm to 6 pm and April 27 from 9 am to 6 pm.  In addition to blueberries, they sell elderberries and un-gassed tomatoes.  Please remember to bring cash and call before heading out there.  Big Bear Farms can be reached at (813) 986-1152 or via email at bigbearfarms@verizon.net.


     Keel and Curley Winery

    u pick blueberry farms photo courtesy of www.keelandcurley.com

    Keel and Curley Winery is located at 5210 W. Thonotosassa Road in Plant City, FL.  Their Winery is open year around, but their fields are only open for U-pick during their Annual Blueberry Festival.  This year they are celebrating their 6th Annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival on April 27 and 28, 2013.  Entrance to the Festival is free, but they charge a $5 parking fee.  For more information, please contact them directly at (813) 752-9100.

    Update: Keel and Curley will be open for U-pick Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th from 8 am to 2 pm.  They'll provide buckets for you to use.  Blueberries will be $4/lb.

    Kirkland Farms

    u pick blueberry farms Bucket of blueberries courtesy of www.kirklandfarms.net

    Kirkland Farms is located at 2632 Old Medulla Rd in Lakeland FL.  You can check out their Facebook page for u-pick information.   We had some of their blueberries last week and they were amazing.  If you sign up for their email newsletter, they will send you an email Saturday night with u-pick times for Sunday.


    Blue Youth Berries Farm

    u pick blueberry farms photo courtesy of www.orangespoken.com

    I found this farm through my friend Steph at Orangespoken.  She's a Parkesdale frequent shopper and a friend.  Her enthusiasm for u-pick farms borders on fanatic. :)  Blue Youth Berries Farm is located at 8201 Cosme Rd in Odessa FL.  For more information, follow this link to their website.

    Are you ready to go blueberry picking?

  • Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival at Keel & Curley Winery

    Plant City is well known for its annual Strawberry Festival which brings thousands of people to our little town in celebration of our winter harvest.  But did you know, that Keel & Curley Winery celebrated their 5th Annual Blueberry Festival this weekend?

    Keel & Curley Winery is located off Branch Forbes Road in Plant City.  The Winery is best known for their Blueberry Wines.  Not sure which one you'd like?  No problem.  During the Blueberry Festival, they offer a wine tasting area where you can try all of their wines.

    There was quite a turn out of people to check out the Blueberry wine as well as the Blueberry picking.  We had a great time seeing some of our regular customers as well as making new friends.

    Keel & Curley provided a free bounce house and giant inflatable slide for the kids.  There was also a clown doing face painting and balloon art. It would not be a festival without festival food, so there were hot dogs, burgers, giant turkey legs and even tacos.  A couple of lemonade stands, smoothies and yes, they even had blueberry shortcake!  Other vendors included honey, orchids, cupcakes, razzle dazzle shirts, blueberry shortcake, Viktoria Richards chocolates and the cutest "Merry-time Art Tiki Bar Signs".

    Overall, the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival was a success.  This was our first time at the Blueberry Festival and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Next time you are looking for something to do, take a drive out to Plant City and check out some of our neighbors!  You will not be disappointed.  


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