Blueberry Picking in and Around Pensacola | Pensacola With Kids

Those sweet blueberries are ripe and ready for picking in the Pensacola area!  Blueberry picking is such a fun family-friendly activity.  Not only is it a reasonably priced activity, but you also get to take home a product for your money spent! And, blueberries are a very healthy snack for everyone!

Stay tuned for some recipes in the next couple of weeks to use those delicious blueberries!

Most blueberry farms provide gallon buckets to use during blueberry picking but you can also bring your own buckets or baskets to use.

Things to Know Before You Go:

Bring an empty cooler with you.  If you plan on picking more than a few pounds of blueberries, you will want an empty cooler to put the berries in.  Not only will it keep them cool in the hot sun, but it will also keep the berries off of the ground where ants can find them.   It doubles as a good seat for tired children, too!
Bring a small portable backpack cooler full of ice, water, drinks of your choice and snacks depending on how long you will be out there. Bring your own water bottle you can attach to your bucket is a great ideas too. Larabars make great healthy snacks for the entire family.
Hats and sunscreen with bug spray will keep you protected out in the hot sun.

Bubbles or something just as quiet will keep the kids entertained when they are finished picking blueberries but you are not.
We bring plastic bags to pour the blueberries in if we are still picking but our buckets are full!
Be sure to bring cash.  Some blueberry farms take checks but most are cash only.

Here are some blueberry farms in the area in alphabetical order.  If you know of one to add to the list, leave us a comment!  I listed the hours and price from their websites/Facebook pages.  Remember these hours and prices are always subject to change.  Call to confirm before you go.

If you know of any other farms near here, please message our Facebook Page.

Baker U-Pick Blueberries

Address: 5949 Dairy Rd, Baker, Florida 32531
Contact Number: 850.537.0340
Hours of Operation: 7:00 am – Noon – Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Cost: $1.75 per pound – Cash or check only

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Beulah Berries U Pick

Address: 6658 Suwanee Rd, Pensacola, FL, 32526
Contact Number: 850.453.2383
Hours of Operation:  Check their Facebook page for daily updates. 7:00am-12:00pm – Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Cost: $14 – gallon, $7 – 1/2 gallon – Cash or Local Checks Only
www.beulahberries.com
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Blue Basket Farms

Address:8655 Highway 89, Milton, Florida, FL 32570
Contact Number: (850) 623-0652
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 7 am – 6 pm

Cost: $2.50 per pound. CASH or CHECK🖊 ONLY
🍯Honey $15
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Cambridge Farms

Address: 3230 DeLoach Lane, Milton, FL 32570
Contact Number: 850.855.6420
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday 9am-3pm by appointment
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Hillcrest Farm

Address: 30497 Hixson Road, Elberta, AL 36530
Contact Number:  251-962-2500
Hours of Operation: Thursday – Monday, 10 am and 2 pm appointments. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Call ahead to schedule your time at 10 or 2.
Cost: $2.00 per pound
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MC’s Blueberries

Address:  1479 Detroit Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32534
Contact Number:  850-476-5511
{This is not a farm, it is blueberries at their home}


Pat’s Blueberry Farm

Address:  4876 White Ash Road, Molino, FL

Touchablue Blueberry Farm

Address: 7100 Molino Road, Molino, FL 32577
Contact Number: 850-587-5072
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday, 6 am – 7 pm
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Weeks Bay Plantation

Address:  12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, Al 36532
Contact Number:  251-279-8745
Hours: Book Time online to pick on their signup on their website
Cost: $50 for a 1 gallon bucket
www.weeksbayplantaton.com
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Alabama Blueberry Festival

Saturday, Jun 19th 2021. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. {The 2020 event was CANCELED}
Jennings Park Brewton, AL
This is a Blue Berry Event, not a picking location

If you know of a farm we missed, please message us and let us know so we can add it to our list!

Healthy Snack Options for Kids

Kids are home these days, “social distancing”, and parents are working from home for the same reason. Everyone is over-stocked up on food, but do you have the right food for healthy snack options?

Many pre-packed, processed snacks are actually unhealthy and full of refined flour, added sugars, and artificial ingredients. The last thing you need is for your child that is already stressed and dealing with change beyond their control to crash or be over-excited due to what they are eating. Or even worse, not have enough essential vitamins and nutrients in their bodies to fight off colds and viruses. Kids will get hungry during the day, even more so now that they are outside more and being more active than they are on a normal school day. So sneak some healthy nutrients into their snacks!

Here is a list that we came up with (through trial and error and research) to help you feed them food they need to give them the right amount of energy and nutrients to get through each day, especially with being at home all the time these days.

*Yogurt – get the plain and sweeten it with honey
*Popcorn – pop your own and then drizzle with a touch of butter, Parmesan cheese, or other healthy toppings
*Celery with Peanut Butter and even add some raisins
*Apples with peanut butter or other nut butters (we use almond that we make ourselves at our house)
*Nuts and seeds – just be careful of allergies, we eat a lot of almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin
*Trail Mix – if you get store bought, stay away from the ones with chocolates, if you make your own, use non-sugar cereals, nuts, pretzels, coconut, dried fruits and pretty much anything else you have
*Sliced/Chopped fruit – Pears, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Watermelon – we always keep fresh fruit ready in the fridge. Bagged in snack bags or containers, as well as a bulk container ready for refills
*Cottage Cheese
*Oatmeal – sweeten with cinnamon and apples, honey, blueberries….you can also make strawberry oatmeal bars (or other fruit bars)
*Cheese – a slice or the round Babybel type, or the Laughing Cow
*Veggie Pita Sandwich – Hummus with lots of chopped up veggies (cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce (not iceberg), bell peppers)
*Cherry tomatoes – my son eats them like candy right out of the container
*Fruit Smoothies – if you can, use spinach or kale and blend it with the fruit and yogurt, it’s an added bonus they kids won’t even know it’s there!
*Banana Oat Cookies
*Raisins
*Turkey Avocado Roll up
*Baked Sweet Potato Fries (or we actually use our air fryer)
*Pickles
*Kale Chips (we use our air fryer for these too)
*Roasted Chick Peas (my 9 year old loves these)
*Veggies Cut up/Chopped – dipped in hummus or ranch or guacamole
*Whole-grain crackers and nut butter
*Whole Fruit – oranges, apples, bananas, pears, grapes- we keep on hand all the time
*Olives
*Frozen Fruit Popsicles – make with real fruit
*Half of a Sandwich

We will be posting recipes on our social media each day with some of these and other fun, healthy options.

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