Henry and I went to Windy Hill Farms with Connie, Carlos and a couple of their friends to pick fruit. It was a lot of fun! Call ahead for hours of operation: (850) 894-1511.
Blackberries may have been all picked by now, but there should be plenty of blueberries! Muscadines will be in season in a couple of months. You’ve got to search for the peaches carefully and wear bug spray: John (the farmer) helped us find a few that were ripe. The trouble with peaches is that the bugs like them as much as we do, so if you pick them – discard the ones that have holes in them.
It’s blueberry season here in Tallahassee, and I can’t wait to get picking and make me some blueberry lemon iced tea! Green Meadows Farm in Monticello, FL will be open for picking starting Friday, June 3, 2011.
Henry and I discovered Green Meadows Organic Blueberry Farm by accident last summer. We were on US90 heading East towards Monticello when we saw signs for Blueberries. Following the signs, we found a very nice house, greenhouse, and – of course – the blueberry farm.
Dolores Green is a retired school teacher. She and her family run Green Meadows, a USDA certified organic farm. The farm is open to the community in June; July if there are still blueberries left on the bushes. You can pick them yourself for $3.25/lb or buy 5lb bags of frozen berries for $20.00 (picked by Dolores Green herself).
While blueberries are surely the “main event”, Green Meadows Farm will be selling surplus vegetables from their organic garden: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, and okra. Water and soft drinks are available for sale, as well as the occasional homemade treat. If you’re lucky, Dolores Green will have made her blueberry ice cream!
Green Meadows Farm is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in June until the harvest is depleted. Picking Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon; 5:00 p.m. until sunset (usually 9:00pm in the summer). Dolores recommends wearing shoes & socks to protect you from the ants, wasps, and bees that call the farm “home.” Remember to bring a camera; you may be fortunate enough to meet the fox family that lives on the farm! Plan to pay in cash for the produce; to my knowledge, checks and credit cards are not accepted.
The farm is located at 177 Bluebird East / Monticello, FL 32344. For additional information call the Green family at 850-997-4886 (farm) or 850-570-0623 (cell). To sign up for Dolores’ e-mail updates, send a short message (SIGN ME UP! I LOVE BLUEBERRIES) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Meadows Farm blueberry crop 2011. Photo Credit: Green Meadows Farm