5 Fun Ways To Thrive This Strawberry Picking Season

By Amanda Roland

Strawberry Picking Season is ripe and ready, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to kick off spring with these local activities. From festivals to fields, there’s no shortage of fruit-filled fun.

Florida Strawberry Festival

2209 W Oak Ave., Plant City, FL 33563, Feb. 27 to Mar. 8

This premiere event in Plant City features headliners like Reba McEntire and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as mouthwatering treats at every step. Pro tip: Check out the Amish donut in all its cloud-like, glazed glory. Gates open and close 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It costs $10 admission for adults 13 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free!

Roger’s Farm

3831 NW 156th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, Seasonal picking

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. The hours change, so make sure to take a look at Roger’s Farm Facebook page for updated u-pick hours.

Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival

McPherson Complex 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471, Mar. 7

The 7th annual festival raises funds for low-income families in the county, supporting Habitat for Humanity. Check out the car show or bring your appetite for the pie-eating contest for a chance to be crowned the Top Pie Winner 2020. Enjoy this day out without an entrance fee. But keep in mind that parking costs $5. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mar. 7.

Bradford County Strawberry Festival

2300 N Temple Ave., Starke, FL 32091, April 4 to April 5

Known to have the “sweetest strawberries this side of heaven,” the 22nd annual festival features food vendors and, naturally, sells strawberry-filled desserts. It doesn’t get fresher than this! Open April 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brown’s Farm

18120 NE State Road 26, Orange Heights, FL 32640, Seasonal picking

What started as a roadside stand became a u-pick field for the entire community to enjoy. Indulge in this fun-filled, leisure activity with friends. And take your pickings home to make some homemade jam. The field typically opens mid-March through April.

By Jacqueline Saguin