Get ready for Spring u-pick

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Get ready for Spring u-pick

compiled by Julie B. Maglio

Spring harvest is beginning for many local u-pick farms. This list will get you started on finding locally grown produce to pick fresh from the field.

Richard’s Farm

Richard’s Farm will have their Spring crops ready towards the end of March/ beginning of April. Richard has planted onions, black eye, conch and zipper peas, all types of squash, pole beans, tendergreen beans, beets, carrots, okra, taters, maters, kale, swiss chard, peppers, eggplant, spinach (if it's not already too hot), collard greens, cabbage, cucumber, sweet corn and of course Moringa. Richard grows all of his own crops.

Phone:(352) 279-1511
Address: 27132 Hickory Hill Rd. Brooksville FL
Website: find them on facebook under Richard’s Farm

JG Ranch

JG Ranch is in full swing with u-pick strawberries which should be available into April. Their blueberries are just starting to ripen and should be available until mid April. Tomatoes are ready to harvest as well as lettuce, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, collards, red and green cabbage.
Upcoming: Sweet corn and watermelon will be available mid/end of May. Blackberries will start mid May.

Open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 9AM - 4PM
Call first (352) 799 - 0556
Address: 17200 Wiscon Rd in Brooksville
Website: http://www.jgranch.com/ or on facebook under ‘JG Ranch’

Upicktopia

Farmer Dan says strawberries are on the wane, but there are lots of blueberries. He’s got a lot of veggies ready including tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash, lettuce, cilantro, snow peas, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, carrots, leeks, broccoli and cauliflower. Even more to be ready for picking come mid April.

Open: 9 AM to 6 PM Fri, Sat and Sun
Phone: 352- 308-0110
Address:19125 Phillips Rd; Masaryktown FL 34604
Website: http://www.upicktopia.com/ or on facebook ‘upicktopia.com’

Margo’s Blueberry Farm

Margo’s hopes to open up for u-pick blueberry season by April 15th. They are starting their commercial harvest the first of April. They open all of their fields for u-pick for a total of 13 acres of pickin’!

Phone: (352) 596-0439
Address: 15056 Eckerley Dr; Brooksville, FL 34614-1400
Website: margosblueberryfarm.com/ or on facebook ‘Margo’s Blueberry Farm’

Butch’s Blueberries

At Butch’s, they expect blueberries to be ready early to mid April. They have 4 acres of blueberry trees and emphasize that they are “all natural.”

Phone: (352) 238-3060
Address: 5361 White Road, Brooksville, FL 34602
Website: http://butchsblueberries.webs.com/ or on facebook under ’Butch’s Blueberries’

Ergle Tree Farm

During the Christmas season, Ergle tree farm is known for supplying Christmas trees, but this time of year they are getting ready for their blueberry crop to ripen. Ergle’s says, “If The good Lord continues to bless us with this beautiful weather, we may be ready to open for u-pick by the end of the month! Stay tuned or call 352 583 3647 later this month to check on opening date and hours of operation which will be determined by when the first variety of Blueberries is ripe and ready!”

Phone: (352) 583-3647
Address: 3325 Treiman Blvd Dade City, FL 33523
Website: www.ergletrees.com/ or facebook under ‘Ergle Christmas Tree Farm’

Frazier Farms

While Frazier Farms isn’t a u-pick, they are well known for growing the most amazing sweet corn. Frazier Farms update: “The corn is popping up! It's about 3"-4" high. This harvest will be just in time for your Mother’s Day celebration!”

Phone: (352) 232-2802
Address: 20175 Manecke Rd; Bville
Website: www.frazierfarms.com/ or on facebook ‘Frazier Farms’

Beasley Farms

Beasley's Produce barn is open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 8AM to 6PM. The next upick will be green and yellow beans but it will be awhile before their spring crops are ready. They are still harvesting winter crops like green and purple kale, red and white swiss chard, radishes turnips, rutabegas. They offer $10 produce boxes from regional farms at the produce barn along with what is available from their fields.
Phone: (352) 799-6752
Address: 10137 Preston Road; Brooksville, FL 34601
Website: http://beasleyfarmbrooksville.blogspot.com/ or on facebook under 'Beasley Farms'

If you are aware of a u-pick farm in the area that should be listed, please let us know about it by calling the news desk (352) 238-5454 or emailing editor@hernandosun.com. We’ll publish updates throughout the growing season.