Central Florida Blueberry U-Pick Info
Southern Hill Farms Blueberry + Peach U-Pick is the perfect location in the Orlando area to bring your family and friends for a day of outdoor activity and fun. Admission and parking are free, and there is never an ‘all you can eat’ fee. We will provide you with all of the necessary equipment for picking once you arrive, including plastic one gallon buckets and clamshells to take your blueberries home in. Our blueberry bushes and rows are very well maintained, making it easy to access the fruit. They are also stroller accessible. We suggest wearing a hat, closed toe shoes and sunscreen to make your visit to the farm an enjoyable one.
Weekdays: We offer blueberry picking all day and shopping for our hand crafted blueberry items in our Southern Hill Market. Enjoy blueberry donuts, blueberry cobbler, homemade blueberry lemonade and more sweet treats from our bakery, Southern Hill Sweets. We have a covered playground for children, a rooftop observation deck with seating, covered barns with picnic tables and permanent restrooms with baby changing tables in both the men and women’s restrooms. On Fridays we offer lunch from our food truck, Southern Hill Eatery, from 11 am to 3 pm. Beginning April 17th we will be offering a Senior Discount of $3.50 per pound of u-pick blueberries between the hours of 9 am to 12 pm, you must be checked out by 12 noon. Please note that this discount is available Tuesdays through Fridays for u-pick blueberries only.
Weekends: In addition to blueberry + peach picking, our Market, Sweets and other activities available during the week, we also have beer, wine, blueberry mimosas and our frozen Blueberry Lemonade Smash available on weekends beginning at 9:30 am at our Southern Hill Beer Shed. There is live music from 10:45 am to 2:45 pm, and lunch from our food truck, Southern Hill Eatery, as well as the delicious Twisted Plates and Bauer-BQ food trucks from 11 am to 3 pm. We offer tours around the farm once an hour on the half hour beginning at 9:30 am on our one of a kind Blueberry Express, which is a converted cotton harvester with deck seating. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and teens ages 3-17. We also offer hayrides every half an hour for $2 per person. Climb atop our observation deck, where you have a 360 degree view of the surrounding farm land. Reconnect with nature and relax at the picnic tables and rocking chairs under our red barn and enjoy the steady breeze. Taste the sweet, succulent blueberries as you pick them from the bush, as fresh as they will ever be.
DUE TO FLORIDA FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS, WE CANNOT ALLOW DOGS, PETS OR ANIMALS OF ANY KIND ON THE FARM DURING OUR SPRING U-PICK SEASON. OUTSIDE ALCOHOL AND COOLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED. PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHOFIELD ROAD IS A LAKE COUNTY CLAY ROAD. SOUTHERN HILL FARMS IS A WORKING FARM, YOU WILL BE PARKING AND WALKING IN GRASS AND UNPAVED AREAS.
Dates, Hours and Prices
We are currently closed for our 2018 blueberry and peach u-pick and re-open in October for our fall festival and pumpkin patch. Our u-pick blueberries are $4/lb, pre-picked blueberries are $10 for a 2 lb container, and frozen blueberries are $2/lb, pre-packaged in a 4 to 5 lb bag, all while supplies last. We have a limited supply of pre-picked peaches available for $5/lb. We accept cash, credit and debit everywhere on the farm.
We have 10 different varieties of blueberries on the farm, and we encourage you to try them all to see which is your favorite! Please note that not all of our varieties are available all season long.
Emerald – Nearly 40 percent of our farm is planted in the “Emerald” variety. Taste is semi-sweet and excellent firmness but the most amazing thing about this variety is the size of the berries, near that of a quarter!
Farthing – Large sized, crisp, firm berry with medium blush and mild flavor. Limited quantity available.
Flicker – We currently have close to 12 acres of the Flicker variety. Large, firm and excellent flavor.
Primadonna – Super sweet, with almost a bright blue appearance, excellent firmness.
Jewel – Large, softer skinned berry with a bit of a tart flavor.
Springhigh – Medium sized, soft skinned berry with a unique sweet flavor.
Scintilla – Not many farms have this variety due to its low yield. Very sweet, tastes just like candy!
Meadowlark – Large sized, crisp, firm berry with excellent blush. “Meadowlark” is actually a cross of the native North American sparkleberry.
Kestrel – Crunchy berry with a unique sweet, yet tangy flavor.
Sweetcrisp – Just like the name, very sweet and crisp! Limited quantity available.