Three Local Farms Are Offering You-Pick Opportunities This Spring
Planting your own garden or participating in a community garden are great ways to reduce your carbon footprint while also getting to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you are lacking a green thumb, perhaps consider visiting a you-pick farm where you can work the fields and snag your own fresh food and even some lovely flowers:
5500 County Road 675 E., Bradenton, (941) 331-1212, hunsaderfarms.com
Between April and May, Hunsader offers the opportunity to pick black-eyed peas, green beans, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, zipper peas and purple hull peas. Flowers available for picking include zinnias, wildflowers and sunflowers. Charges apply depending on the amount, weight and type of item picked. There is a entry fee, as well.
Albritton Fruit Farms
9600 State Road 72, Sarasota, (941) 780-0888, albrittonfruitfarms.com
Albritton is a family-owned establishment that produces sunflowers and blueberries. Through Wednesday, May 4, there are multiple opportunities to pick fresh flowers and four varieties of blueberry. In order to participate, you must RSVP for a specific time and date on the farm's website. Charges may apply.
24105 State Road 62, Parrish, (941) 405-0015, honeysidefarms.com
Honeyside is an organic, all-natural farm that produces strawberries, tomatoes, sunflowers, lettuce, zucchini, squash, broccoli, snap peas, cabbage and honey. You-pick opportunities happen only on select days, which will be announced on the farm's website. Charges may apply.