Spring is in the air and strawberries are in season. If you’re looking for a fun day trip from Jacksonville, check out Brown’s Farm. Just a 90 minute drive from Jacksonville, Brown’s Farm offers u-pick strawberries and a variety of other fruits and vegetables available for purchase.
The first thing you might notice at Brown’s Farm is the rows and rows of strawberry plants. They’ll provide you with a bucket to pick and let you know which rows are available that day. They ask that you don’t step over the plants to skip rows to avoid damaging plants or irrigation.
Strawberry picking is a fun, family friendly activity and children are welcome at Brown’s Farm. They ask that you closely supervise them, and never leave them unsupervised in the field. There is a port-a-potty available for use while you’re at the farm, but there is no baby changing area, so plan accordingly.
Strawberry season can vary so be sure to call ahead and ask if there are strawberries available to pick. You can also keep up-to-date on the Brown’s Farm Facebook page. During the u-pick season, the farm is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. The current price for u-pick berries is $2.00 a pound.
Brown’s Farm are sustainable farmers. Their strawberries are not organic but they do work closely with the University of Florida on different measures of pest control other than spraying pesticides.
Shannon Beckham is a former Special Education teacher, turned SAHM that doesn’t spend a lot of time staying at home. Mom to Cole & Kiley, she loves cheering on the Gators, early morning visits to the beach and traveling with her family. She blogs about her adventures at The Beckham Project.