Strawberry Picking in Gainesville and Beyond!

By Jacqueline Saguin

Excitement is in the air as strawberry picking season approaches. Visit these local places with your loved ones for strawberry-picking fun!

We will update this list with more information about local farms as information is acquired!

Florida Strawberry Festival

February 29 – March 10, Plant City

Add this premiere event in Plant City to your family’s traditions. Rides and attractions make for the perfect playground for your little ones. Wander around Neighborhood Village, taking a peek at the local arts and crafts booths and delectable desserts like strawberry shortcake. Gates open and close 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It costs $15 admission for adults 13 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free! Click here to learn more! 

Crossroads Farm and Apiary formerly Rogers Farm

Starts in mid to late January, 3831 NW 156th Ave in Gainesville

Shake up your weekend by checking out this u-pick strawberry field. Walk along the rows of strawberry plants, filling up your buckets with fresh fruit. U-pick strawberries are $3.50 per pound, and parking, admission and the wagon ride to the patch are free. Take a look at Roger’s Farm Facebook page and their website to see when official dates are announced!  

Bradford County Strawberry Festival

March 23 and March 24, Bradford County Fairgrounds in Starke

Known to have the “sweetest strawberries this side of heaven,” the 26th annual festival features food vendors and, naturally, sells strawberry-filled desserts. It doesn’t get fresher than this! Open March 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more!

Amber Brooke Farms Strawberry Festival

Weekends from February 17 through February 25,  3250 NE 140th Ave in Williston

This is Amber Brooke Farm’s sweetest festival of the year. There will be strawberry treats, arts and crafts, relay races, eating contests farm activities! Visit their website for more information. Tickets coming soon.

The Bryer Patch U-Pick Strawberry Season

Weekends from January 6 through April, 5700 SW 250th St in Newberry

You and your family can pick fresh, ripe strawberries on the weekends from January through April at the Bryer Patch! Check their Facebook for more information.

Branford Farm Stand

Weekends from December 30 through March, 27687 US-129 in Branford

U-pick hours start at 10 a.m. and run until the farm is picked out. Berries are $3.50 per pound, and there will be food and the farm’s famous strawberry milkshakes. Admission is free! Visit their Facebook for more information and updates.

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