Celebrate Florida’s Adventure Coast’s bounty this spring. Pick, taste and tour our harvests from berries to craft spirits. View seasonal colors of blueberry, sunflower yellow and olive green. Visit farms to pick your own; attend fairs and festivals; sample spirits; shop at farmers markets and dine on locally sourced produce.
Drive canopied roadways beside rolling meadows and hillsides blanketed in blooms to tour your favorite u-pick farms. View our U-Pick and Farm Tours map to plan your day. Check the time of year and contact the farm directly to confirm availability for picking times or tours. For your outdoor walking-around-farms country adventure, don’t forget to wear close-toed shoes!
Favorites for tours and picking are strawberries from late November to April, blueberries in April and May and blackberries in June and July. Famous Frazier Farms corn is eagerly anticipated to ripen from May to July. Fresh colorful produce of many kinds is available year-round at UPictopia.
Get farm fresh fruit, vegetables and honey without visiting the actual farm every Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00 at the Hernando County Farmers Market. Every Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm find a growing crop of vendors at the new Brooksville Farmers Market.
In April, while the heavenly scent of citrus blossoms still sweeten the air, blueberries are ripening. Peak blueberry u-picking season corresponds to the Brooksville Blueberry Festival. The last weekend each April, historic downtown Brooksville transforms to a free family-friendly party celebrating the mighty berry that is blue. Tagged the “Best Little Festival in Florida,” you’ll find loads of food, a great music line-up, artisans, unique vendors and a Kid Zone.
Down the road, at the Hernando County Fair April 12 -20, watch local youth proudly exhibit livestock and check out country fun like tractor pull and mutton bustin competitions.
Crops like corn, hops, rye and grapes yield other culinary delights as well. Strong Tower Vineyards and Winery, Masaryk Winery and the Sparacia-Witherell Family Winery all boast delicious grape and fruit wines. Tastings and tours, often with live music and other unique events, add to a serene country experience.
Deep in the heart of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, NJoy Spirits is a “grain to glass” distillery. Through a special family recipe, ingredients like home harvested grain, distilled rainwater, oak barrels and time, Wild Buck Rye Whiskey and Mermaid Rum are sipping creations savored by many fine restaurants and connoisseurs.
Take a distillery tour of hand-crafted moonshine by Copperhead’s Southern Shine and sample their authentically infused flavors like apple pie, southern tea and lemon shine, just to name a few.
Craft beer is the specialty of Marker48 and Tidal Brewing. Make a beer run and stay awhile at these popular community landmarks. Join the fun by choosing favorites among ales, stouts and IPAs with fun names like Mermaid’s Milk, High Thai’d.
From wine to moonshine, whiskey and craft beers, all Adventure Coast spirits are award winners. Whether Tampa Bay Battle of the Brews or international competitions among fine spirits and wines, all have earned recognition.
Sweetfields Farm is a spring favorite with a dazzling display of lush sunflowers to get lost and found in. Open to the public from the end of April through May, this sprawling farm, with its sunflower maze, tractor rides and other child-friendly activities, delights families from all over the region.
Stroll through an organic olive grove and learn all about this amazing fruit. Join a workshop and learn how to press olives, make soaps, extracts and more. Schedule an afternoon with a group of five or more or attend one of the frequent events in this scenic location.
Many have chosen Florida’s Adventure Coast to pursue their country lifestyle and are delighted to welcome your visit. Plan an adventure today with these ways to tour, taste and take home the harvest.