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May 20, 2017

Pick Blueberries along the Gulf Coast

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Notably when blueberries start to ripen, the weather for Florida is on your side. Beginning about May through the middle of July is when it’s best to pick blueberries along the Gulf Coast. But where do you go to pick blueberries? Here’s a list of farms along the Gulf Coast area!

I love farms where you can pick your own (u-pick farms) – whether they are pumpkins, blueberries or strawberries.  It’s such a fun day activity and you don’t have to have kids to go pick berries or fruit. It’s a great daytime date idea or a fun time to gather the girls for a girls day.
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I grabbed two of my girlfriends and we drove to Blue Basket Farms in Milton, Florida. We arrived around 11 a.m. and it was the perfect temperature. Blue Basket Farms has seven acres of blueberry bushes available for picking. They handed us a bucket that goes around your waist, so you have two hands for picking blueberries. It was perfect! You might feel silly at first, but once you start picking, you’ll understand the genius concept. They know where blueberries are the best for picking, so make sure you ask where to start.

 

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We picked and played around for a few hours finding the biggest and tastiest blueberries. There are so many varieties of blueberries and we like some more than others. We were told we could walk a short distance and find blueberries or could take a nice stroll and see everything they had to offer. We strolled and went up and down a few rows and found some amazing tasting and looking berries.

 

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Our goal was to come home with blueberries so that we could make some sweet treats. I’m thinking about using them for smoothies, pancakes, and a pie! I’ll be trying a few recipes because I have a few pounds of blueberries in my fridge and freezer. Stay tuned to the blog to see what I whip up from these blueberries. Leave any recipes or ideas in the comments below! I’d love to hear them or what you’ve made with blueberries.

 

Around Pensacola and Santa Rosa County, Florida and Baldwin County, Alabama, there are a few u-pick farms. If you are planning to go to a u-pick farm, call first to check their hours, the weather and crop availability.

 

Each season is different by typically fall within May to the middle of July. Farms will open when the berries are ready and close when the berries have been picked over.

 

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What we don’t realize is all of the work that goes into farming and the process to have everything ready for visitors. Our farmers are outside doing what they do best and farming and may not have websites, so pick up the phone and give them a call to make sure of times and availability. Most of these u-pick places only accept cash or check. Be prepared and also bring some water!

 

Blue Basket Farms
8655 Highway 89
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 623-0652

 

Beulah Berries
6658 Suwanee Rd
Pensacola, Florida, FL 32526
(850) 453-2383

 

Pat’s Blueberry Farm 
4876 White Ash Road
Molino, Florida
 
Touchablue Blueberry Farm
7100 Molino Road
Molino, Florida 32577
(850) 587-5072

 

Weeks Bay Plantation
12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd
Fairhope, AL 36532

 

MC’s Blueberries
1479 Detroit Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32534
(850) 476-5511

 

Suberi’s Blueberries
27608 County Road 65
Loxley, AL  36551
(251) 228-2322
www.suberisblueberries.com

 

Hilcrest Farm
30497 Hixson Rd
Elberta, Alabama, AL 36530
(251) 962-2500

 

Gardners Berry Farm
21909 County Road 68 North
Robertsdale, Alabama, AL 36567
(251) 960-5317

 

Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!

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