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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Jacksonville, FL area; Duval and Nassau Counties, Florida in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Duval County

  • Bee Pa's Honey - Closed for PYO, now only Honey from hives on the farm
    Lem Turner Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32218. UPDATE for 2024, The owner tells me they no longer offer Pick-your-own We no longer have u pick. sorry for the disappointment. (UPDATED: June 12, 2024)
  • Blu By U Blueberry Farm - blueberries, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations
    5571 Long Branch Road, Jacksonville, FL 32222. Phone: 904-465-1811. Email: blubyujax@gmail.com. Open: Starting late April, Friday and Saturdays only from 9 am to 6 pm, until the season ends, which is about 6 weeks into the first part of June. Directions: From I-295 take Normandy blvd \(228\) west. 1.5 miles past Diamond D Ranch, Turn left on Mcclelland Road \(turns to dirt\), Turn right at stop sign on Long branch Road and follow down until you see mailbox 5571 and Blu By U sign on the left. Take a left down the drive. From Middleburg: take CR 218 West to CR 217, turn right on Long Branch Road \(which is a dirt road\) until you see mailbox 5571 and Blu By U sign. Take a right down the drive. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Blu By U Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 904-891-2356. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From I-295 take Normandy blvd (228) west. 1.5 miles past Diamond D Ranch, Turn left on Mcclelland Road (turns to dirt), Turn right at stop sign on Long branch Road and follow down until you see mailbox 5571 and Blu By U sign on the left. Take a left down the drive. From Middleburg: take CR 218 West to CR 217, turn right on Long Branch Road (which is a dirt road) until you see mailbox 5571 and Blu By U sign. Take a right down the drive. Established in 2016, Blu By U was well-known as Veterans Farm until the previous owners sold it to us to buy a bigger farm. We are vastly growing every day. We welcome groups of any size. Upick blueberries are $4.00 per pound and Prepicked are $6.00 per pound. We sell blueberry bushes for $10 each. We have a covered picnic area, a petting zoo, a butterfly house and even more things to do for the kids, including a large sandbox, parachute games, and volleyball. We also sell honey and soaps in our country store. (ADDED: April 19, 2016)
  • Braddock Blueberry Farm - 2024. closed, now part of Kent's
    Dead End Of Thomas Mill Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Open: Braddock Blueberry Farm was sold to a developer in 2023 and is now being leased to Kent's Blueberry Farm. Now part of Kent's Blueberry Farm. Kent Wooldridge Veteran Owner of Kent's Blueberry Farm. Directions: From the intersection of Lem Turner and I-295 go 3.5 miles to Braddock Road turn left go 2/10 mile to Thomas Mill Road turn left continue to the dirt Road after the pavement ends thru the cattle gate the field is on the left. Click here for a map and directions.  (UPDATED: May 21, 2016) (UPDATED: April 30, 2016)  
    A visitor writes on June 27, 2013:
    "Went 6/22/2013 and there were a lot of blueberries. I took my 3 year old and she had a lot of fun. The bushed in the back were smaller so she could pick from the bottom while I picked from the top. We picked 4.5 lbs of berries in about 45 minutes but could have easily picked more. Go early (7:15) to get good parking and don't forget your bug spray :)"
  • Dowless Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    7010 Ricker Road, Jacksonville, FL 32244. Phone: 904-772-1369. Open: from late May until mid to late June; and will continue thru June every Wednesday and Saturday thereafter; from 6am until noon. Directions: 2 miles S of 103rd, St. off I-295. . Click here for a map and directions. . See more information and comments here. (UPDATED: June 08, 2019, by a visitor)
  • HNH Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    130 Bostwick Park Dr, Bostwick, FL 32177. Phone: (386) 937-5246. Open: from mid April; hours are different each week depending on how busy of a weekend & weather - see their facebook page, typically from mid April through May; but always call before you go. Directions: south of Green Cove Springs off of Highway 17. Payment: Cash, credit cards. 2021 prices : $3.25 per pound u-pick, $4 per pound already picked. The hours will be posted as . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, credit cards. opening day gets closer.
  • Kent's Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Cell service cell phones work here
    14959 Thomas Mill Road E, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Phone: (904) 768-3484. Alternate Phone: (904) 868-7822. Email: rkwool01@comcast.net. Open: Call or see our Facebook page for current days and hours during picking season; Season usually starts the middle of May and ends the end of June; Normally schedule opening events on Wednesday and Saturday, 7:30am to 12 noon;. . Directions: At the intersection of I-295 and Lem Turner Road, proceed 3-1/2 miles on Lem Turner toward Callahan, turn left onto Braddock Road, proceed approximate 1/4 mile and turn left on Thomas Mill Road Proceed straight a short distance to the end of pavement and continue straight ahead on dirt road approximately 200 feet. Look for windmill. Turn right in front of windmill just before a field gate, to enter farm parking lot. Look for signs and a windmill. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Sorry, no restroom facilities; Use caution driving, children playing in the neighborhood;. Payment: Cash, only. We do not use pesticides on the blueberry bushes, nor weed killer on the vegetation around the base of the blueberry bushes, or between the rows. Kent's Blueberry Farm also has it's own Apiary to pollinate the blueberry bushes each year.(UPDATED: June 12, 2023)
    Comments from a visitor on June 01, 2011:
    "We went there today May 1st. As always the owner was so very nice. She helped us and our children learn more. She is very good with the kids. She turns the scale so you can see everything she is doing. I cannot say enough good things about this farm. We went several times last year and this year their berries are even better! "
    Comments from a visitor on May 29, 2010: "very nice owners. The blueberries are sweet and my kids really love this experience. Most of all, it is a small farm and less crowded. "
  • Nana's Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries,
    14289 Denton Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Phone: (904) 572-5990. Email: Cfawcett91@gmail.com. Open: from the first Saturday after Memorial Day through Independence Day on Saturdays 8 am to 12, Always call ahead to confirm hours of operation and crop availability. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. 787990/ Nana's Blueberry Farm Phone: . Alternate Phone: 904-338-6756. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Formerly called Russell blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 10, 2022) (ADDED: May 15, 2015)
  • Sellers Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    10229 Old Plank Road, Jacksonville, FL 32220. Phone: 904-781-7739. Open: usually June 1-30, on Wednesday 8am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 8am to 7pm. Directions: Take I-10 West to White House exit you will take Chaffee Rd No. to Old Plank Rd which is approximately 1 one half miles. \(Chaffee Rd dead ends into Old Plank\) turn right onto Old Plank we are approximately 1 mile on the left. Look for white vinyl fence and our U-pick sign . Click here for a map and directions. . Take I-10 West to White House exit you will take Chaffee Rd No. to Old Plank Rd which is approximately 1 one half miles. (Chaffee Rd dead ends into Old Plank) turn right onto Old Plank we are approximately 1 mile on the left. Look for white vinyl fence and our U-pick sign Click here for a map to our farm.
  • Williams Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    2595 Stratton Road, Jacksonville, FL 32221. Phone: 904-781-4676. Email: williamsblueberry@gmail.com. Open: The season usually starts mid April; see their Fascebook page for dates and mlost current hours and availability, Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 3:00 pm only. Directions: I-295 to Normandy Blvd; go west approximately .4 miles to Stratton Road. Turn left, go until you see a Blueberry sign on the left. Follow the signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . No checks, please. Family owned and operated Blueberry Farm offering u pick to the public during April and early May blueberry season.A visitor writes on July 09, 2013: " My family visited the on Stratton Road in Jacksonville, FL on June 15, 2013. A very nice family owns a manicured blueberry patch in a residential area that is easy to reach from I-10. We have gone every year since 2009 to pick the berries here. Great berries but you need to be there no later than 8 am or you will miss them due to their popularity. Partial shade from mature pine trees and nice crowd of people make for a pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend it for 2014, but call first to make sure the berries are ripe as they seem to fluctuate from year to year based on the severity of the winter."
    Comments from a visitor on June 11, 2011: "Visited the Williams' farm off Stratton Rd June 11, 2011. Tons of big ripe berries and tons yet to ripen. Smaller farm with nice owner. No mosquito trouble here for us as mentioned at other farm posts."
    Comments from a visitor on June 10, 2010: "We chose this farm as a secondary farm. The berries were very plentiful for the first day of picking but there were many many many more to ripen. We arrived at about 10 am on Sat June 5th and the pickings were plentiful. Farm is clean, and the area is nicely cut. Berries are all most easy to pick and stools are not needed. They are very accommodating and we will probably go back again next year. Berries were $3.00 per pound. Highly Recommend! Thanks "

Nassau County

  • The Blueberry Ranch Yulee, FL - blueberries
    852042 US Highway 17, Yulee, FL 32097. Phone: 904-415-0337. Email: blueberryranch17@gmail.com. Open: usually from early June, Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Directions: north of Jacksonville, off Highway 17. I-95 north past Yulee, take exit 380 to Highway 17 south. Payment: Cash, only. We are a local family owned Blueberry & Vegetable farm that specializes in our organic practices. Such as being\( pesticide free, and using mostly all natural fertilizers\).. NOTE: Our blueberry . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Always call to check hours and availability before you go. north of Jacksonville, off Highway 17. I-95 north past Yulee, take exit 380 to Highway 17 south. We are a local family owned Blueberry & Vegetable farm that specializes in our organic practices. Such as being( pesticide free, and using mostly all natural fertilizers).. NOTE: Our blueberry open dates should be late May thru Summer. Dates will be posted..Regular Farm hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9am to 3pm..(depending on season)

 

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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