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January 4, 2019

Tampa U-Pick Farm | Florida Sweeties Open for Citrus This Month!

By Heather DeManche

Florida Sweeties | A super sweet U-Pick Farm in Tampa Bay!

Nothing says Florida in January like picking locally grown navel oranges!

Florida Sweeties, known for their peach orchards, is offering a you-pick of citrus fruit during what looks to be perfect picking weather this weekend. The locally owned family business is facilitating a you-pick for a local citrus grower in Dade City through the beginning of February.

Let the kids run wild climbing and picking their way to the top of the trees of a 22 acre grove, featuring 12 acres of oranges and 10 acres of grapefruit at just $5 per 6-7 lb. bucket.

Before picking, enjoy a short educational run down on which fruits by color and feel are best for picking, as well as some free refreshing juice samples.

These citrus fruits are perfect for eating on their own, juicing for drinks or freezing into popsicles.

Related: Farm to Table: U-Pick, U-Cook in Tampa Bay

The farm is located at:

Iola Groves 17101 Lake Iola Road, Dade City, Fl 33523

$5 for a 6-7 lb bucket. Cash and card accepted.

Check out Heather’s pictures from her family’s day trip to Florida Sweeties:

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Heather OvertonHeather is a fourth generation Tampanian and a graduate of the University of Tampa. She worked in news for ten years, from WFLA In Tampa to C-SPAN in Washington, DC. She left the fast paced news environment for an even crazier beast, taking on the roll of domestic engineer after having her second child. She now spends her days and nights planning fun and educational outings in and around the Tampa Bay area to keep her three boys busy and out of trouble.