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Where to pick strawberries, citrus and MORE right now in Tampa Bay!

U-pick season is getting a head start in Tampa Bay with several farms offering farm to table  delights like strawberries, vegetables and even Florida citrus!

This is a great way to get outside as family and show the kids where their food comes from. We recommend everyone wears long pants and closed toed shoes because you will be spending time in the great outdoors and ants happen. Bring extra water to drink and plenty of hand sanitizer and face masks just in case since the pandemic hasn’t ended.

Here are some of our favorite farms in Tampa Bay offering u-pick right now (of course, be sure to check ahead before you go because things can change quickly on the farm and so does weather.):

Dooley Groves in Ruskin | U-pick citrus

1651 Stephens Road, Ruskin

  • Citrus: Mid-November – March

Dooley Groves in Ruskin is a team favorite here. They offer serval different types of citrus u-pick, so you can go more than once during the season. Right now it’s Honeybells. Check with their website to see what they have before you go. They open the day after Christmas.

A Land of Delight Natural Farm in Plant City | U-pick veggies

2514 Leaning Pine Lane, Plant City

This local farm not only has u-pick, but a huge stock of fruit trees and more to add to your own home garden. It is the sweetest family owned farm and the owner also offers free courses on aquaponics. There are so many unique fruit trees to discover here! Check their Facebook page for updates. 

Keel & Curley Farm in Plant City | U-pick strawberries

5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City

  • Strawberries: January – March
  • Blueberries: April – May

Keel & Curley is offering daily strawberry u-pick, but you’ll want to check in on their Facebook page to make sure they’re open for u-pick before you head out since things can change. They have a great outdoor seating area at the restaurant and it’s right near Dinosaur World, so it’ makes for a really cool day trip adventure!

Upicktopia in Masaryktown | U-Pick Strawberries and Veggies

  • Veggies: October – June
  • Strawberries: November – April
  • Blueberries: April – May
  • Blackberries: April – June

Upicktopia in Masaryktown offers variety of veggies, plus strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more available for u-pick throughout the growing season. You’ll want to check their Facebook page before you go to see what’s picking, but we’ve recently seen strawberries, bell peppers, jalapeños, lettuce, and soooo much more!

JG Ranch in Brooksville | U-pick strawberries and vegetables

17200 Wiscon Road, Brooksville

  • Strawberries: November – April
  • Blueberries: April – May
  • Blackberries: May – June

JG Ranch has been promoting some u-pick opportunities of strawberries while they last and other fresh vegetables like broccoli and lettuce. Again, you’ll want to check in on their Facebook page to see if they are open for u-pick before you head out.

Starkey Farms in New Port Richey | U-Pick Strawberries

  • Strawberries: December – March
  • Blueberries: April – May
  • Blackberries: May – July

If berries are your jam, make your way to this farm in New Port Richey. Strawberry u-pick kicks off the year, following by blueberries from April – May and blackberries during the summer months. Make it a complete date day by grabbing food truck fare, staying to enjoy live music and more. Check the farm’s Facebook page for daily updates, as u-pick availability varies.

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics in Thonotosassa 

11780 Tom Folsom Road, Thonotosassa 

  • Tomatoes: January – March
  • Strawberries: March – April

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics has been offering some u-pick of tomatoes and more, but offer freshly picked fruits and veggies like strawberries at a their market. Your best bet is to check in with their Facebook page for updates.

Hunsader Farms in Bradenton | U-pick strawberries, tomatoes and vegetables

5500 County Road 675, Bradenton

  • Strawberries: December – March
  • Veggies: Varies seasonally
  • Wildflowers, zinnias and sunflowers: Beginning in March

Hunsader Farms has strawberries and tomatoes available for u-pick, along with a petting zoo for an added dose of family-friendly fun! Learn more here.

Florida Sweeties in Dade City | U-pick citrus

Several groves in Dade City-check Facebook page for exact location 

  • Citrus: December
  • Peaches: Beginning in March or April

is another local farm offering u-pick citrus. Stay up-to-date on what they have available and their u-pick hours by visiting their Facebook page here. *UPDATE: Florida Sweeties is picked out of citrus, but stayed tuned for PEACH picking coming up in March! This is a not-to-miss u-pick event!


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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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