Blueberry picking in North Florida is one of our favorite spring activities. The kids love heading out to the fields and filling buckets with sweet, fresh berries. Recently we visited Clay Ranch Berry Farm, located about 90 minutes from Jacksonville. While there are several other blueberry farms close to Jacksonville, this one is worth the drive for a visit.
Pick Your Own Blueberries
When you arrive at Clay Ranch Berry Farm the first thing you’ll want to do is grab a bucket. Every member of your party can get their own, including the kids, making it easy to gather lots of berries. We loved that the buckets aren’t too big, making them the perfect size for little hands. Each bucket holds about six pounds of blueberries so you can estimate how many you’ve picked as you go.
Blueberry u-pick season starts in late April and runs through May, but crops depend on weather and amount of rainfall. The picking season for Clay Ranch Berry Farm usually lasts a few weeks so be sure to check their Facebook page for opening dates and times before heading out to the farm.
Lots of Extras at Clay Ranch Berry Farm
In addition to blueberries, the farm also offers local honey, jams and jellies, pepper sauce, shirts, and more. While they don’t sell any other concessions or refreshments, the Kona Ice truck makes regular appearances on the weekends. The farm has plenty of parking, but very little shade, so make sure you dress appropriately and bring water and sunscreen.
Clay Ranch Berry Farm can be found at 1287 State Rd 100, Florahome, FL. They accept cash, check, Venmo or PayPal. Pricing for the 2021 season is $3.50 per pound for u-pick and $20 for a five pound prepicked bag. During the picking season they are open daily, but always check their social media before making a trip.
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.