Blueberry Booking

See you in June 2023 for Blueberry Picking. Sign up for emails to be the first to know.


May 31 – July 2, 2022 | Tues – Sat | 8:00AM – 10:30AM start
$25 farm picking pass per person (includes picking one gallon and springfed pond recreation).
Pick more: $25 per additional gallon/proportional.

Stay on this page to book picking sessions + know picking policies.

Get seasonal crop harvest updates on the Timeline Page.

Visit the Blueberry Path Page for more about picking and visiting.

$30 Two for One Taster Experience:
2 people + 2 picking cups + 1 picking jug = $30 total.

The $30 Taster Experience is for two people sharing the fruits of their labor to pick one gallon together: two adults or 1 adult + 1 child. Pick together and save time and money on the farm picking minimum (2 adults $50 or adult+child $35). Tell us you want this option at check in. Offer valid when 1 picking jug is shared by 2 people. Change your mind? Ask for another picking jug if you decide you both want a gallon.

Satisfaction Guarantee: The farm opens for picking when ripe blueberries are abundant. The farm closes to picking when ripe blueberries are not abundant. If you come to pick and are not satisfied, you are under no obligation to continue picking and are free to go.

Patch conditions are updated on the Timeline page. If there is no recent update on the timeline, then it is safe to assume conditions are great and we are busy managing the patch. We are unable to respond to requests for patch conditions, or any other information available on website, via text or email.


  1. Pick your days.
    • Open: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00AM to 12:00PM.
    • Closed: Sundays, Mondays, rainy/wet days.
    • Saturdays: Book in advance as Saturdays are usually the most popular day of the week and may fill to capacity in advance.
    • Early season: Book ahead as some days in the first two weeks of season have the potential to fill to capacity in advance due to lower ratio of ripe to unripe berries.
      • Picking is relatively slower the first two weeks due to picking single berries and small clusters while taking care not to disturb adjacent unripe berries. The bit more time is worth it as the early berries are exquisitely crisp and juicy.
    • Peak season: Mid June through the fourth week of June. Ripe berries are most abundant in the week before and after summer solstice. Picking is fastest during peak season, when it can take less than an hour to pick a gallon due to ripe berries in clusters, and picking two gallons in one session is common.
    • Sunday June 19 Juneteenth Fathers Day Possibility: Picking may be available 9A – 10:30AM start if at least 10 guests book in advance, the patch has enough berries, and weather is fine (not raining or very wet). Update: Confirmed to open 6/19/22.
    • Late season: Post peak is late June into July. Late berries ripen into July. Berries are still beautiful even as they thin out on the bushes.
    • Season Update Timeline Page: Check on patch conditions.
      • We note when there is an abundance of ripe berries and when demand exceeds supply. 
      • Check back for possible pop up picking days in July when the late, late berries are ready.
    • Picking Schedule Tips:
      • It takes 60 – 90 minutes to pick a gallon of beautiful berries. The farm is only open when picking falls in this range.
      • Pick at the beginning of season for berries to eat fresh now. Pick in peak season starting mid June, when it is faster to fill gallons, for berries to freeze.
        • A gallon = 16 cups = 32 half cup servings. About 12 gallons will provide a serving of blueberries everyday for a year, plus some to share.
      • We are happy to consider opening for small group private picking parties when the regular days and hours don’t work
  2. Pick your time.
    • Book between 8:00 – 9:00AM if your schedule allows, to experience cooler temperatures and firmer berries.
    • Last start time 10:30AM. This last start time is not recommended on hot days.
      • 10:30AM start means we are walking you to patch by 10:30AM. No starts past 10:30AM due to impact on farm operations.
    • Check out by 11:50AM.
    • Arrival grace 15 minutes: For example, if your reservation is for 8:30AM, it is fine to arrive at 8:45AM.
      • Text if you will be later than 15 minutes. It makes a difference to farm work flow on certain days.
    • You are welcome to enjoy the springfed pond waterfront at leisure, past noon.
  3. Pick your team.
    • Picking is intended for adults: solo, pairs, small groups. First time picking adults welcome.
      • Provide your full name and full names of guests accompanying you.
    • We meet and greet and walk everyone (new and returning) to patch to get started in a good spot and show you how to pick fully ripe berries and protect unripe berries and plants.
    • Returning pickers: Older children (tweens) and possibly younger children may accompany and pick with a returning picker. One child under age ten per adult. $25 minimum per adult, $10 minimum per picking child (does not apply to carried/in stroller).
      • No first time picking guests with children under age ten (except ok in carrier/stroller).
      • Thank you for understanding that conditions including deep, tannic bodies of water, wildlife, ants, wasps, sun, intense heat/humidity, lots of walking, fragile plants, and length of time it takes to pick a gallon create a (too) narrow comfort zone for children and many adults. That said, if you have not visited the farm before, but really want to pick with a young child, book with understanding $25 adult + $10 child minimums (smaller picking bucket).
    • Open to barter/trades. Willing to pick on halves with skilled, selective pickers (returning picker, all blue, unblemished, big berries). Pick a gallon or more of Grade A berries at no charge and we each get half.
    • Open to volunteers Tuesday – Saturday mornings, for simple, down to earth, immediately gratifying activities, such as hoeing and pulling weeds, mulching. Volunteer, then pick blueberries as our guest.
  4. Pack and prepare. Bring everything you need for a farm outing.
    • Take home containers/bags for berries, produce, flowers (otherwise, $1 per gallon fee)
    • Water bottle, closed toe shoes (ants), phone, hat + sun protective clothing, cash or other payment method
    • Cooler for berries and produce
    • Consider picnic snacks, towels and gear to cool off in Deep Spring. Read about recreation.
    • Optional: Bring your own hands free picking container/belt.
      • Farm provides hands free picking gallon jugs with waist belt.
    • Zero Waste: DSF is a zero waste farm. Pack in, pack out. If it is compostable, shovels are available to bury, otherwise, keep it with you. We don’t have trash/recycling pick up.
  5. Drive and arrive.
    • Check directions. Allow 30-45 minutes drive time from Gainesville. Enter the farm’s main entrance driveway at the blue canoe, turning south off County Road 1491. Park in field on the left.
    • Guests are part of the farmily: we take care when parking and opening vehicle doors, treat the facilities and landscape gently (stay on paths), pick up dropped things to turn in, and look out for each other in general.
    • Special Accommodations for Impaired Mobility: Make advance arrangements with us to park closer to the patch using the west entrance. Note soft, mulched ground is prevalent.
    • Walk to Blueberry Gap: Walk south with Deep Spring Pond on right. Do not stop and wait at the tall bell, keep walking SW, keeping pond and massive live oak trees on your right and U cut flower gardens and barn on your left. You will arrive at Blueberry Gap, the area under the Southern Magnolia between barn and Airstream tool trailer and approximate midway point between parking lot and blueberry patch.
      • We (Leela and Michael) will meet you at the Welcome Tent and exchange names. If we are not in view, ring the bell near tent or text.
      • Set anything you don’t want to carry to patch (containers, bag, cooler) on supervised, shaded picnic table. Many pickers take water with them to patch and leave other things at the Gap. Please ask for anything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed.
        • Hand sanitizer, all natural fire ant/wasp sting pain reliever spray, all natural insect repellent, first aid, lost and found, extra water bottles, extra hats, towels available.
    • Picking gear: We equip you with a clean bucket and picking cup, walk you to the patch, and give an overview of picking. 
    • Restrooms and sinks: Toilets and sinks are in a bathhouse behind the barn (south side).
    • Water: Good drinking well water refills available at sinks.
  6. Check out.
    • $25 minimum per person per gallon applies when Leave No Trace Best Picking Practices are followed: almost all completely blue berries (not purple) and no waste in patch.
      • Bring your own take home containers/bags or add $1 per gallon.
      • Additional support is most welcome if you enjoyed tasting berries in the patch or simply had a great time and can help keep the U pick experience alive. Growing organically in Florida is rewarding, though does not yet cover expenses.
    • Cash or Venmo as friend preferred @deepspringfarm (8127). PayPal as friend also available.
      • Venmo or PayPal processed as merchant, add $1.50 per gallon.
      • Credit card swipe add $1.50 per gallon.
      • Personal checks ok.
    • Transfer Berries: We pour berries (with a funnel, otherwise, berries can tumble to ground) into bags/containers that you brought or we supply.
      • Keep the bag/container cracked open to prevent warm berries from steaming, and put them in a cooler, then refrigerate/freeze as soon as possible.
    • Vegetables / Flowers / Plants: Usually freshly harvested organic produce, such as tomatoes and peppers, and flowers are available for purchase. Thank you for filling your bags and baskets. Registered nursery grown plants: persimmon, fig, also available.
      • U cut flowers, like zinnias, celosia, gomphrena, $5 – $10 per bunch. Borrow pruners to cut. Take home in your own jar or plastic bag with water. Flowers keep longer when cut while cooler.
  7. Communicate late arrivals and cancellations. Change or cancel your reservation via the email link provided. Text last minute arrival delay (if longer than 15 minutes) and cancellations.
    • Weather Cancellations: Reservations subject to last minute cancellation by host due to inclement weather. Rain outs happen.
      • As June progresses, the weather typically becomes rainier. Have back up days in case your first choice is a rain out.
      • When possible, pick before a rain event. After significant rainfall, a percentage of ripe berries are prone to split on the plant, and then wasps and other insects are attracted to split berries. All that can be avoided when ripe berries are picked before rain.
    • Berry Supply Cancellations: It is possible, though rare, that we must cancel next day reservations due to demand exceeding berry production.
  8. Visit at your own risk. Booking a visit serves as a waiver of liability for Deep Spring Farm, protected by Florida’s Agritourism Law. There are inherent risks due to insects, wildlife, open bodies of water, uneven ground. Picking is strenuous due to exercising in June sun, heat, and humidity while carrying extra weight of berries and water. We will help with anything you need to be safe and well. Leave patch immediately if lightning is present. All guests must provide name and contact info and book an appointment online (liability waiver). If you are unable to book online, we will make the booking and provide a liability waiver to sign upon arrival.

We are grateful for your commitment to the local food community and your presence on the Blueberry Path. Thanks + Love | Leela and Michael

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