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Bonnie's Blueberry Adventure

Bonnie is a true Blueberry lover. She just can't get enough of those oxidant-rich, health packed blueberries! Follow Bonnie on her quest to find the perfect Blueberry in this two-day itinerary. She knows that every farm is different so each blueberry crop may vary slightly. Which farm has the sweetest and juiciest?

On Day One Bonnie explores a number of local Brooksville farms to pick fresh blueberries, and enjoys a special treat at the end of the day. Here are Bonnie’s blueberry picking tips:

What you will need:

  • close-toed shoes
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent

Start in the late morning to avoid dew. To pick berries, gently rake your fingers through the branch with a bucket/container positioned beneath to catch the falling berries. This works better than shaking bushes, which can lead to more berries falling to the ground than into your bucket.

After picking, canning or freezing your blueberries can preserve them for more than just the season. Planning to cook? For blueberry recipes, visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Recipes/ and search ‘Blueberry,’ or visit http://blueberriesfromflorida.com/recipes/

Don’t forget to visit Historic Brooksville in April for the Florida Blueberry Festival! If you’re like Bonnie, you’ll have a blast trying all things blueberry, and enjoying the variety of artisans, vendors and music during the festival.


Day 1 Friday

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Breakfast at Florida Cracker Kitchen
966 East Jefferson Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601
(352) 754-8787

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Reserve breakfast at the Florida Cracker Kitchen for a classic southern breakfast. Be sure to bring cash because the Florida Cracker Kitchen does not take credit cards.  Bonnie recommends the Brooksville Blueberry Pancakes!  

Margo’s Blueberry Farm
15056 Eckerley Drive, Brooksville, FL 34614
(352) 596-0439

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The picking begins! Visit Margo's Blueberry Farm, family owned and operated since 1993. 

Spring Lake Blueberry Farm
25688 Powell Rd Brooksville, Florida
(352) 754-1700

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Huge berries and lots to choose from! Water and restrooms are available. 

Lunch at Rising Sun Bistro & Market
10 S Main St, Brooksville, FL 34601 
(352) 345-4802

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Enjoy a flatbread or sandwich while gazing upon local art that hangs on the walls of this local favorite cafe and restaurant. 

Upicktopia / Masaryk Winery
19125 Phillips Rd. Masaryktown, Florida 34604
(352) 308-0110  

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A blueberry and U-pick farm with over 56 acres of pick-able fresh food. What started in 1996 as a commercial blueberry farm has transformed into a U-pick operation with a year-round crop of many varieties of berries, fruits and vegetables.

On weekends, you can visit Masaryk Winery and Tasting Room, the Adventure Coast’s first estate winery. Sip blueberries after the fruit has been transformed and aged into delectable handcrafted wines!


Day 2 Saturday

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Breakfast at Little Lady Cafe
13 South Brooksville Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 457-5676

Little Lady Cafe

This hometown cafe offers hearty, delicious breakfast and lunch items like made-from-scratch daily corned beef hash. Find out why this is a favorite spot among locals.

Little Rock Cannnery
15487 Citrus Way, Brooksville, FL 34614
(352) 799-4226

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The Cannery, established in the mid 1970’s, is housed in a historic stone school house built in the late 1930’s under the WPA and President Roosevelt. Here you can preserve your fresh picked blueberries and savor them for the whole season. Please call the Cannery at 352-799-4226 to make an appointment so the staff can be prepared and help you plan your canning day. 

Historic Brooksville
Visit Historic Brooksville, home to the Brooksville Blueberry Festival. Billed as the best little festival in Florida, this April weekend is filled with free music, vendors and local blueberry treats of all types.

Brooksville Blueberry Festival Map

Lunch at the Tilted Teacup Tearoom & Boutique
103 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville, Fl 34601
Phone: 352.593.4111

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The lovely Tilted Teacup is the perfect place to relax and reward yourself for your work. This elegant tearoom located in downtown Brooksville features seasonal fresh Florida blueberries this time of year. Bonnnie savors her High Tea with a Blueberry Chicken Salad and Brooksville Blueberry Tea! 

Chinsegut Hill Manor
22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 799-5400

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Poised gracefully atop one of Florida’s highest elevations and likely to host some Plein Air Artists, is Chinsegut Hill estate. Here the scenic view or the manor on the hill makes a spectacular artistic backdrop. Be sure to take a guided tour of the Chinsegut Hill Museum; learn about its rich history, former owners and the many notable guests.