It's blueberry season in Tampa Bay, a little earlier than usual. Here are eight places at which you can get down in the dirt and pick the small, sweet berries yourself.
Blueberries hover around $5 per pound at many of these farms, which recommend coming in the early morning to avoid the Florida heat. It's also a good idea to give these places a call before you head over, as hours can change daily based on weather and crop availability. Some of these are open until June, but your best bet for picking is probably within the next month. Don't forget the cash and sunscreen.
Owen's Blueberry Farm: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 12839 Kitten Trail, Hudson. (727) 868-7249.
Bob's Blueberry Farm and U-Pick: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 11229 Pincus Drive, Hudson. (727) 237-4485.
Big Bear Farms: It's best to call or check the website for specific u-pick dates at this time. 7606 Kinard Road, Plant City. (813) 986-1152; bigbearfarms.mysite.com.
Blue Youth Berries Farm: Picking scheduled for April 4 and 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; check website or call for more dates. 8201 Cosme Road, Odessa. (813) 920-3024; blueyouthberries.com.
Starkey Blueberry Farms: Picking starts April 5. 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3050 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 372-6440; starkeyblueberryfarm.com
Proctor Family Blueberry Farm: They expect to open April 8 or 9, but call for details. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7105 Kinard Road, Plant City. (813) 323-8822.
Keel and Curley Winery: The winery's 10th annual Blueberry Festival is April 14, 15, 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with u-pick fields open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 752-9100; keelandcurleywinery.com.
Bob's Berries: U-pick begins with a festival April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 11501 Winn Road, Riverview. (813) 586-3262.