Blueberry season is right around the corner here in Jacksonville. Typically the farms open at the very end of May and stay open through the beginning of July, but weather conditions and the amount of rainfall we received during the year can always impact exactly when the crops will be ready. Lucky for us there are several places where you can pick your own blueberries right here in Jacksonville.
Before you set off on your blueberry picking adventure there are a few things to remember to make your day a success. Apply sunscreen and bug spray before you go. Bring cash; almost none of the farms on our list take credit cards. Consider packing a snack and drink to keep little ones from getting cranky during the adventure. Plan to go early, lots of farms will only stay open as long as there are berries on the bushes. Lastly, and most importantly, contact the farm ahead of time to make sure there are berries available and to confirm their hours.
Please call or contact farm before your trip!
Formerly Veterans Farm, Blu By U uses natural growing practice. Their picking season should open at the end of April and run through the summer. They are open Tuesday & Thursday 9am-1pm & Saturday 9am-6pm.
Directions: 5571 Long Branch Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32234. From I-295 take Normandy Blvd west approximately 15 miles. Take McClelland Road left and follow to Long Branch Road, take Long Branch right and follow until you see mailbox 5571. Take a left down the drive and follow through the tall gates.
Payment: Cash or card
Contact: 904.465.1811 or [email protected]
Braddock Blueberry Farm uses natural practices, but they are not certified organic. You might want to bring a small step stool to reach the berries. Call or email them to find out exact hours for the week and if they will be open for picking.
Directions: 4136 Thomas Mill Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Go north on Lem Turner Road to Braddock Road (4 miles north of I-295), turn west on Braddock Road, go 3/10 mile, turn south onto Thomas Mill Road and proceed on the dirt road to the end. The field is through the metal farm gate on right.
Payment: Cash or check
Contact: 904.768.0280 or [email protected]
Dowless Blueberry Farms is located on the Westside of Jacksonville. They are open for picking late May through late June. Call them to find out exact hours the fields are open.
Directions: 7010 Ricker Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32244. 2 miles south of 103rd street off I-295.
Morning Belle Farms is located in Woodbine Georgia, about 45 minutes north of Jacksonville. They boast 4 acres of blueberry plants with almost 5,000 plants. Harrietts Bluff Farm is USDA organic certified by the Georgia Crop Improvement Association. There is a port-o-potty bathroom available for use while visiting the farm.
Directions: 762 Pine Dr. Woodbine, GA 31569. Go north on I-95 to Exit 7 (Harrietts Bluff Road). Turn right on to Harrietts Bluff Road. You will be going east, after about three miles you will cross a saltwater creek. Then take your first left on Pine Dr. Go to the end of Pine Dr. (about one mile). The farm will be on your right.
Payment: Cash or check
Contact: 912.222.4801 or [email protected]
HNH Blueberry Farm is located in Bostwick, Florida, about an hour south of Jacksonville. This is a family farm with lots of blueberry bushes. They are typically open on the weekend, Saturday 8-7 and Sunday 1-6, but check their Facebook page for updates on availability.
Directions: 130 Bostwick Park Dr, Bostwick, Florida. HNH Blueberry Farm is south of Green Cove Springs off of Highway 17.
Price & Payment: $3.25 per pound u-pick, $4 per pound already picked, cash
Kent’s Blueberry Farm uses no pesticides on the blueberry bushes. They try to estimate how plentiful the berries will be to accommodate and if weather permits. Limited parking space, and cannot accommodate large groups. They are only able to handle 10 to 15 vehicles at a time and there are no restroom facilities. They will be open for the season between the last week in May and the first week in June. They are open 2-3 days during the week 8am-12pm, call ahead to see what days and to make sure blueberries are available for picking.
Directions: 14959 Thomas Mill Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218. 4 miles north of I-295 to Braddock Road, turn left to Thomas Mill Road (about 1/4 mile). Proceed straight a short distance to the end of pavement and continue straight ahead approximately 200 feet. Turn right in front of windmill just before a field gate, park along field fence. Look for yellow signs and a windmill.
Contact: 904.768.3484 or 904.868.7822 or [email protected]
The Blueberry Ranch is located north of Jacksonville, off Highway 17 in Yulee, Florida. Opening day for picking will be Wednesday, June 3rd. They will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 9am-3pm for picking, but be sure to double check and make sure there are berries available before heading out.
Directions: 852042 US Highway 17, Yulee, Florida. Take 95 north past Yulee, take exit 380 to Highway 17 south.
Williams Blueberry Farms boasts a very nice manicured blueberry patch in the middle of a residential area that is easy to reach from I-10. Be sure to go early for the best berries and call to make sure there are some available.
Directions: 2595 Stratton Road, Jacksonville, FL 32221. 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.
Contact: 904.781.4676 or [email protected]
Congaree and Penn is located in North Jacksonville on Old Kings Road. They started as a rice farm but have since planted over 5000 Mayhaw trees. They are now offering U-Pick BLACKBERRY days in June. When you arrive, blackberry baskets will be available to purchase in the farm store. From there, hop on a wagon ride to the blackberry field, or enjoy a leisurely walk to the berries. Farm lunch and refreshments will be available to enjoy on the quonset hut patio before or after your berry good time.
Directions: 295 North to Old Kings Road.
Payment: Cash or Card
Contact: 904 527 1945 or [email protected]