• Bonnie’s Blueberry Adventure

    Bonnie is a true Blueberry lover. She just can’t get enough of those oxidant-rich, health packed blueberries! Follow Bonnie on her quest to find the perfect Blueberry in this two-day itinerary. She knows that every farm is different so each blueberry crop may vary slightly. Which farm has the sweetest and juiciest?

    On Day One Bonnie explores a number of local Brooksville farms to pick fresh blueberries and enjoys a special treat at the end of the day. Here are Bonnie’s blueberry picking tips:

    What you will need:

    • close-toed shoes
    • hat
    • sunscreen
    • insect repellent

    Start in the late morning to avoid dew. To pick berries, gently rake your fingers through the branch with a bucket/container positioned beneath to catch the falling berries. This works better than shaking bushes, which can lead to more berries falling to the ground than into your bucket.

    After picking, canning or freezing your blueberries can preserve them for more than just the season. Planning to cook? For blueberry recipes, visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Recipes and search ‘Blueberry,’ or visit http://blueberriesfromflorida.com/recipes 

    Brooksville-Blueberry-Festival logo

    Don’t forget to visit Historic Brooksville in April for the Brooksville Blueberry Festival! If you’re like Bonnie, you’ll have a blast trying all things blueberry, and enjoying the variety of artisans, vendors and music during the festival.

    Breakfast at Florida Cracker Kitchen

    966 East Jefferson Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601
    (352) 754-8787

    Cracker Kiitchen Corned Beef Hash Brooksville

    Reserve breakfast at the Florida Cracker Kitchen for a classic southern breakfast. Be sure to bring cash because the Florida Cracker Kitchen does not take credit cards.  Bonnie recommends the Brooksville Blueberry Pancakes!

    Margo’s Blueberry Farm

    15056 Eckerley Drive, Brooksville, FL 34614
    (352) 596-0439

    Margo's Blueberry Farm Weeki Wachee

    The picking begins! Visit Margo’s Blueberry Farm, family owned and operated since 1993.

    Spring Lake Blueberry Farm

    25688 Powell Rd Brooksville, Florida
    (352) 754-1700

    spring lake blueberry farm

    Huge berries and lots to choose from! Water and restrooms are available.

    Lunch at The Bistro

    10 S Main St, Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 345-4802

    The Bistro Brooksville

     

    Enjoy a flatbread or sandwich while gazing upon local art that hangs on the walls of this local favorite cafe and restaurant.

    Upicktopia / Masaryk Winery

    19125 Phillips Rd. Masaryktown, Florida 34604
    (352) 308-0110

    Masaryk Winery FL Adventure Coast

    A blueberry and U-pick farm with over 56 acres of pick-able fresh food. What started in 1996 as a commercial blueberry farm has transformed into a U-pick operation with a year-round crop of many varieties of berries, fruits and vegetables.

    On weekends, you can visit Masaryk Winery and Tasting Room, the Adventure Coast’s first estate winery. Sip blueberries after the fruit has been transformed and aged into delectable handcrafted wines!

    Breakfast at Little Lady Cafe

    13 South Brooksville Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 457-5676

    Little Lady Cafe Brooksville

    This hometown cafe offers hearty, delicious breakfast and lunch items like made-from-scratch daily corned beef hash. Find out why this is a favorite spot among locals.

    Little Rock Cannnery

    15487 Citrus Way, Brooksville, FL 34614
    (352) 799-4226

    Little-Rock-Cannery-Brooksville

    The Cannery, established in the mid 1970’s, is housed in a historic stone school house built in the late 1930’s under the WPA and President Roosevelt. Here you can preserve your fresh picked blueberries and savor them for the whole season. Please call the Cannery at 352-799-4226 to make an appointment so the staff can be prepared and help you plan your canning day.

    Historic Brooksville

    Visit Historic Brooksville, home to the Brooksville Blueberry Festival. Billed as the best little festival in Florida, this April weekend is filled with free music, vendors and local blueberry treats of all types.

    Brooksville Blueberry Festival Map

    Lunch at the Tilted Teacup Tearoom & Boutique

    103 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville, Fl 34601
    Phone: 352-593-4111

    tilted teacup Brooksville

    The lovely Tilted Teacup is the perfect place to relax and reward yourself for your work. This elegant tearoom located in downtown Brooksville features seasonal fresh Florida blueberries this time of year. Bonnnie savors her High Tea with a Blueberry Chicken Salad and Brooksville Blueberry Tea!

    Chinsegut Hill Manor

    22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 799-5400

    Chinsegut Manor House with Azaleas

    Poised gracefully atop one of Florida’s highest elevations and likely to host some Plein Air Artists, is Chinsegut Hill estate. Here the scenic view or the manor on the hill makes a spectacular artistic backdrop. Be sure to take a guided tour of the Chinsegut Hill Museum; learn about its rich history, former owners and the many notable guests.

     

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