The Best Tips for Blueberry Picking with Kids

It’s blueberry season in Florida! My family loves blueberry and enjoy picking them whenever they are available. Blueberry picking is a wonderful family activity that provides outdoor fun as well

Blueberry Picking with Kids
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Blueberry Picking with Kids

It’s blueberry season in Florida! My family loves blueberry and enjoy picking them whenever they are available. Blueberry picking is a wonderful family activity that provides outdoor fun as well as the ability to support local farmers. Now I want to share what to expect and helpful tips that will make your experience enjoyable with kids.

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BEFORE YOU GO BLUEBERRY PICKING

  1. Ask what the farm’s per-pound price is ahead of time. Visit their website, social media page or call.
  2. Check to see whether or not you should bring your own containers for picking. Most farms have updated information on their social media pages. Here’s a cute basket you can bring to the farm.
  3. If you prefer organic blueberries, check with the farm before going. You can check their website or reach out them directly.
  4. Check the hours for u-pick and consider going early or in the evening when it’s cooler.
blueberry picking with kids

WHAT TO BRING FOR BLUEBERRY PICKING

  1. Bring an insulated water bottle filled with ice and water to keep the family hydrated. Thankfully, there were staff members passing out bottled waters at the blueberry festival we attended.
  2. Depending on your location, you may need to bring insect repellent.
  3. Wear a hat especially if you are in Florida. It can help keep the sun out your face as well as your kids. My husband had to give his hat to our oldest because he was so hot. Next time we will be prepared. If you want to wear custom hats, check out Sunny Embroidery Bae.
  4. If you have small kids, bring a wagon. They will get tired of walking around the farm while searching for the best blueberries.
  5. Wear comfortable and close toed shoes. I made the mistake of wearing sandals and my feet were nasty from walking in mudded areas and the dirt. You also want to protect your feet from ants.
  6. Bring a small bucket for your children. My boys did a great job sharing but they also complained about wanting their own bucket. You can turn it into a fun math lesson and have the kids practice counting how many blueberries they can fit in their bucket.
  7. Wear sunscreen! If you’re in Florida, you know it can get hot around this time of the year. Please protect your skin as well as your children.
  8. You should bring cash just in case you have to pay for parking or buy food from vendors on the farm.

HOW TO PICK THE BEST BLUEBERRIES

  1. Avoid the crowded areas. Most of the blueberries will be gone if you stick to areas where everyone is searching for blueberries. We spent most of our time at the back of the farm away from the crowds and found some juicy blueberries.
  2. Look for blueberries that are a little firm, plump and deep blue. Reddish blueberries are not ripe. Stay away from those.
  3. Move branches around. We found a lot of big blueberries at the bottom and inside of the bush.

U-Pick Farms in The Tampa Bay Area

  • Keel Farms (Plant City)
  • Wish Farms (Plant City)
  • Lyna Berry Farms (Lithia)
  • Church Lake Farms (Odessa)
  • Royal Blues Farm (Dade City)
  • Blues Berry Farm LLC (Plant City)
  • Bluebird Family Farm (Plant City)
blueberry picking with kids

Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Keels Farm Blueberry Festival in Plant City, Florida. They had a petting zoo, bounce houses, blueberry shortcake eating contest, blueberry picking, great vendors and so much more!

We had so much fun blueberry picking in Plant City. Next time we’ll be prepared with hats, sunscreen and insulated water bottles filled with ice cold water.

We had a wonderful time at the Keels Farm Blueberry Festival over the weekend. Check out the video of our experience.

If you’re looking for blueberry recipes, check out Fresh From Florida. From pancakes to BBQ sauce, you will find some great ways to use those fresh blueberries you picked as a family.

Since we picked so many blueberries, I had to freeze a large portion of them. Check out these simple instructions for freezing your blueberries from Wyse Guide.

Blueberry recipes

You can find these adorable books about blueberries on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

  • Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
  • Blueberry by Charlie W. Sterling
  • Blueberry Cake by Sarah Dillard
  • Blueberry Queen by Marci Peschke
  • More Blueberries! by Susan Musgrave
  • Blueberry Grunt by Monique Holloway
  • Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Blueberries Grow on a Bush by Mari Schuh
  • Mr. Astley’s Blueberries by Kelly Jenkins Lin

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You can find these adorable books about spring on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

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