Strawberry Picking in Pensacola

A few weeks ago, I posted on our Pensacola with Kids Facebook page that strawberry season was just about to open around Pensacola. We finally got to a Upick field this weekend and had a wonderful day spending it together as a family, getting some sun, and of course bringing home pounds and pounds of strawberries (35 pounds to be exact!).

We have been going to Andrew’s Sod ever since 2010. Even though we still have strawberries in our freezer from last year, we wanted to pick some fresh strawberries to eat by the handful and also to use in baking. The frozen strawberries really only work in smoothies now…which is just fine with us…we drink a lot of smoothies around here.

Andrew’s Sod has strawberries available for $1.50 (Upick) or $2.00 (they pick) a pound. We were told today that they will probably only be open for Upick for another week or so (today is 4/14/2012). The weather is supposed to heat up and apparently strawberries aren’t a big fan of the hot, humid weather.

Andrew’s Sod is located at 3900 Tungoil Road in Walnut Hill, Florida. Their hours for Upick are Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm and Sunday from 1pm-7pm. While we were there, we saw plenty of strawberries that were still ripening.

Another popular Upick field is Akers of Strawberries in Baker, Florida. According to their Facebook page, they also have strawberries still available for Upick. Akers of Strawberries is located at 1074 Melton Road in Baker, Florida. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12noon to 5pm. Their berries are also listed as 1.50 for Upick. They sell already picked berries, too.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Wear sunscreen. It gets hot and there is no shade on a strawberry field. Both of my kids were glad to have their baseball caps, too.
  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. You are walking through a field. If it rained recently, it will be very muddy. If not, it will be dry and dusty. The fields are also often uneven. My daughter fell several times while walking up and down the rows and not paying attention.
  • Be prepared to see bugs. Lots of them! I also wish I had sprayed my kids with bug spray. I didn’t come home with any bug bites, but both of them did.
  • Pack a cooler with some cold drinks and snacks. After the work of picking strawberries, you will probably be glad you have a cold drink. Both strawberry places sell drinks, but we always like to pack our own.
  • Bring cash or check. Some Upick places take credit/debit cards, but most don’t. It is better to be safe than sorry. Typically, the farms aren’t very close to an ATM!

When we got home, we washed all our strawberries and they are now drying. Now, we just have to decide what to do with all 35 pounds of strawberries!

Strawberry Shortcake anyone?

 

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Comments

  1. 1
    Sharon Bohannon says:

    Strawberry freezer jam is yummy! Tastes and smells like fresh strawberries.

  2. 2
    Janet says:

    I went to Andrew’s Sod on Tuesday (4/17) and they were just about done with the season. (I’ve put a reminder in my calendar for next year so I won’t wait until the middle of April to go!) I picked 11 pounds and it filled one black bucket almost to the brim. I started at 9:30 a.m. and it took me 40 minutes to fill the bucket, but the good berries were scarce. I’m kicking myself that I waited so long. :)

    I would add one more thing to you list of things to know: have a plan and act on it immediately with the strawberries you pick. I came back that afternoon and the strawberries were ready to go to the freezer. The amount I picked is perfect for smoothie prep and one bag for strawberry shortcake on Sunday. I left some out to eat with waffles the next morning and they were already going soft by the time we came downstairs. It could be that I hit the very end of the season and these strawberries don’t have the preservatives that store-bought, mass-farmed strawberries do. I don’t want to think what would have happened if I had waited to do ALL of them.

    It was a great experience and I’m so glad I read your tweet about it!