On the Farm Update: Where to pick fresh

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On the Farm Update: Where to pick fresh

April 23, 2017 - 14:35


Unfortunately some of the blueberry farms were affected by the freeze in mid March. The blueberry crop at Ergle’s Tree Farm in Dade City was wiped out and Butch’s Blueberries did not fare so well. They had some damage to their crop as well as equipment failure. Neither farm will be opening for u-pick this season.

However over at Upicktopia in Masaryktown, blueberries are plentiful. They also have a variety of other produce available including zucchini, yellow squash, sweet and red onions, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, beets, cabbage, hydroponic romaine lettuce, parsley, cilantro, a few broccoli, and herbs.
Margo’s Blueberry Farm just opened up for U-pick April 15th. They are open for picking Wednesday- Saturday 10AM - 5PM.

Frazier’s Farm still anticipates having corn ready for picking around Mother’s Day (early to mid May) despite the mid March cold snap.

“Corn made it through cold weather better than I did! Up 48 hours preparing for it! Everything looks good now,” posted David Frazier on March 19th.

They are currently busy sprucing up the farmstand.

Richard’s Farm just began harvesting moringa. They have $5 moringa trees available as well as squash, onions, and beans. They are expecting black-eyed peas to be available in two weeks. Everything offered at the farm is grown on location and it’s a "take what you need and leave what you can" operation.

Beasley Farms offers a $10 produce box along with organic veggies from regional farms at their farmstand locations. You can check their facebook/website for availability. They also grow select produce at their farm.

Blueberries at JG Ranch are on the wane, but sweet corn and watermelon will be available mid/end of May. Blackberries will start mid May. There are still green beans for picking.

Florida Best Blueberry Farm in Inverness is having their Opening Day for U-Pick Blueberries on Saturday, April 22. The U-Pick hours will be from 9:00 am-5:00 pm Wednesday thru Sunday each week (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) until the season ends. Tony Russ, along with his wife Cindy, and their two children, Anthony and Sawyer, invite the public to enjoy an outing with friends and relatives to see their working farm first hand, while picking their very own blueberries.

Beasley Farms
Phone: (352) 799-6752
Address: 10137 Preston Road; Brooksville, FL 34601
Website: http://beasleyfarmbrooksville.blogspot.com/ or on facebook under 'Beasley Farms'

Florida Best Blueberry Farm
Phone: 813-928-9028
Address: 11135 E. Nottingham Drive, Inverness, Florida 34450
Website: www.floridabestblueberries.com

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

JG Ranch
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’

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

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

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’

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.