Jacksonville might seem like a pretty urban city to most, but hidden in some unexpected areas of town are lots of family owned farms. Some of these farms in Jacksonville specialize in strawberries, blueberries or other u-pick produce you’re familiar with, but there are a few that may surprise you. With a diverse selection of crops and farm animals, be sure to check out some of our favorite farms found right here in Jacksonville.
We’re willing to bet you’ve seen the Atlantic Beach Urban Farms greenhouses, but you maybe weren’t sure what they were. They grow aeroponic, farm-fresh greens such as lettuce, kale and arugula in their greenhouse all year round. You can order online everything from fresh greens to prepared meals and pick them up at their greenhouse.
Tucked away in Ponte Vedra is Backyard Buffalo, a small micro dairy farm that produces some of the most delicious buffalo milk products you’ve ever tried. You can find their products at Native Sun and various farmers markets around Jacksonville.
Started in 2013, Bee Friends Farm is one of the top honey producers in North Florida. They recently opened a retail store where you can purchase their items in person, but honey can be also bought online or at other retailers around Jacksonville.
Berry Blessed Blueberry Farm is an old-fashioned, family owned, u-pick blueberry farm located in the Oceanway community of Jacksonville. They open when berries are ripe and ready, which is usually at the beginning of June.
Nestled amongst the North Florida School of Special Education’s campus lies Berry Good Farms, an urban farm featuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as hydroponics and aquaponics, vertical grow poles, a greenhouse housing herbs, veggie starts and microgreens.
Blu By U Farms is one of our favorite spots for blueberry picking in North Florida. It’s a family owned and operated farm that specializes in blueberries. Their 8 acre farm is open for visitors to pick their own berries during the growing season which starts at the end of April.
Braddock Blueberries is located on the Northside of Jacksonville. Their blueberry u-pick season runs from the end of May through June, or as long as the blueberries last. There are no restroom facilities so be sure to plan accordingly.
If you’re looking for a slice of farm living, then make plans to head to Celestial Farms Jacksonville. Located on the north side of town, Celestial Farms has farm animals, gardens, playgrounds and fun for kids of all ages. If you love nature and outdoors, Celestial Farms is the perfect spot to put on your bucket list. It gives kids a chance to explore in an environment different from a traditional park.
Congaree and Penn began as a small rice farm and has evolved into so much more. The farm has become a premier destination for weddings, farm dinners, tours and even a family picnic. Take the kids and explore the farm or go for a kid-free dinner at their phenomenal on-site restaurant.
Down To Earth Farm is a small, sustainable farm that has been growing high quality vegetables and flowers since 2007. They believe in the importance of nutrient dense, locally grown food. Find them each Saturday during our growing season at the Riverside Arts Market.
Eat Your Yard Jax is an edible plant nursery and education center. They offer edible yard consultations and sell berries, herbs, veggies, and other fresh produce. They are passionate about enabling people to grow their own food using organic practices.
Juicy Roots Farm is located on 10 acres in North West Jacksonville. They go beyond organic standards and use no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers anywhere on their property. Their farm season runs from October until June and you can find them at the Beaches Green Market.
EPIC Animals Outreach (EPIC) is a nonprofit 501c3 that provides humane education outreach to children and adults in Northeast Florida and seeks to create a more kind and compassionate world for people, animals, and the environment through outreach, service, and rescue.
Russell Blueberry Farms is located on the Northside of Jacksonville and has a u-pick season runs Memorial Day thru Independence Day. They are only open Saturday mornings unless specifically noted on their social media.
Urban Folk Farm is committed to being active members of the Jacksonville community. This means that while their main goal is still farming, they would like the farm to be a green space for the community and a place for learning. The farm currently partners with Academie de Montessori Erd Kinder Project in San Marco. The students from the Academie visit the farm bi-weekly to learn about nature and experience farm life. During these visits, the students get to plant seeds, catch bugs, and participate in the daily life of a farmer.
Williams Blueberry Farm is located on the Westside of Jacksonville. Their blueberry u-pick season starts at the end of May and continues through June as long as there are berries available.
Shannon Beckham is a former Special Education teacher, turned stay-at-home-mom 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.