So what happens when you're scrolling through Instagram on a Saturday morning at 8 a.m.? You find out that your favorite blueberry farm has just opened for the 2018 season and you eagerly wake up your husband to find out if he wants to go. After about 30 minutes of him ignoring me, and covering his head, he finally gave in and said "sure". Now...I am not stupid, I was not about to wake up the 3 teenagers at 8:30 in the morning. That would just be a disaster, so I made my coffee and at 9 a.m. I ran into the hallway yelling "Who wants to go blueberry picking? It's Blueberry season!" all while flinging their doors wide open. I know...most of you are thinking "my kids would kill me" but my kids are very use to my shenanigans. After some dirty looks and mumbling they all got up and we headed out the door to Southern Hill Farms.
I was not only super excited to get there, but the drive to Southern Hill Farms is absolutely beautiful. You know you're in Clermont Florida when you have hit the open, red clay roads, and drive along the country hillside. The chance to do a little off-roading just added to the fun. With that being said...keep in mind that this farm is NOT on a paved road, and you are NOT going to be parking in a paved parking lot. You are parking either at the farm, or across from the farm in the cow pasture. Everything about this farm from the location to the drive screams southern charm, and the fact that this family owned and operated farm sits on over 120 acres with 40 of that being their blueberry fields is just a bonus.
What to See and Do
My family and I have been coming to this blueberry farm for about the past 3 seasons, and every time I come, the family adds something new to the farm. Right now here is what you'll find at Southern Hill Farms.
It's ALL about the Blueberry
Interesting fun fact...it takes each flower on a blueberry bush to be pollinated by a bee 10-12 times before it's fully pollinated, once that occurs the flower will fall off of the bush and a blueberry will begin to form in its place, 60 days from this point is when most blueberries will ripen and are ready to be picked. This 40 acre farm has 120 hives of honey bees working tirelessly to pollinate the 10 different varieties of blueberries offered at Southern Hill Farms. They work around the clock to bring us some of the most delicious blueberries in Central Florida.
10 Things you need to know...
#1 Be sure to wear sneakers, you will get dirty.
#2 Be sure to wear sunscreen.
#3 Be prepared to spend a few hours there.
#4 They have food trucks most weekends.
#5 You're allowed to taste before you pick.
#6 Don't pick the flowers, or the unripe berries
#7 This is not the place for pets, sorry!
#8 Go without the stroller, they have wagons.
#9 There is a fair amount of walking.
#10 Don't worry about the bees they are not
there for you, they have more important
things to take care of.