Eat Local: U-pick Farms Are Loaded With Strawberries

Brenda Bauer of Boca Raton picks strawberries with her daughters at The Girls U-Pick on Military Trail west of Delray Beach. Read more
wondering

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Feb 19, 2009
Many people love seeing farms and obtaining local produce. However, many a farmer has sold the fields to pocket big money when houses are built on the land. Farming in Broward is a joke, and many family farms in Dade are closing up. Soon we will have just one big city from Miami to West Palm Beach.
driveway strawberries

Okeechobee, FL

#2 Feb 19, 2009
you want me to pay, to pick strawberries, in plastic buckets, on a driveway? this is not a u-pick it, this is a big bad blond Boca joke.

are you serious?

maybe you should go visit a u-pick it farm, and see what they really look like. they have land, not gravel.

u-pick it Boca style..what a joke. by the way, is this on a land fill?
red

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Feb 19, 2009
driveway strawberries wrote:
you want me to pay, to pick strawberries, in plastic buckets, on a driveway? this is not a u-pick it, this is a big bad blond Boca joke.
are you serious?
maybe you should go visit a u-pick it farm, and see what they really look like. they have land, not gravel.
u-pick it Boca style..what a joke. by the way, is this on a land fill?
We used to pick at Batten Farms in Davie which is gone. But the thought of walking and picking does sound good. Hence would not make a difference if it is a land fill if they are in containers. Sign of the times. Used to go to a place in Homestead run by the Amish- Great fruit and really good cinnamon buns

KcK

Since: Feb 07

Plantation

#4 Feb 19, 2009
driveway strawberries wrote:
you want me to pay, to pick strawberries, in plastic buckets, on a driveway? this is not a u-pick it, this is a big bad blond Boca joke.
are you serious?
maybe you should go visit a u-pick it farm, and see what they really look like. they have land, not gravel.
u-pick it Boca style..what a joke. by the way, is this on a land fill?
As someone who likes to grow their own veggies, I think their U Pick is kinda cool. It's more than just plastic pots in a driveway, the whole thing is done with hydroponics.
Girlz

Boca Raton, FL

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Went to The Girls last week. Cool place, but $10.00 for a little thing of stawberries that you pick.

Definitely a tourist trap.
WEst palm

Riverton, NJ

#7 Feb 19, 2009
She is incorrect and should retract her statment of only 1 u pick strawberry farm in palm beach county. There is a U pick strawberry field right off of Okeechobee Blvd, in Loxahatchee,Fl. Some of the best berries I've ever had.
so I ask---

Hollywood, FL

#8 Feb 19, 2009
Been there once. Couldn't help notice the employees don't speak English, or just very little. Can't help but wonder if it is part of the tradition to hire illegals for farm work. I just can't go back until I am assured that this place is legit.
driveway strawberries

Okeechobee, FL

#9 Feb 19, 2009
red wrote:
<quoted text> We used to pick at Batten Farms in Davie which is gone. But the thought of walking and picking does sound good. Hence would not make a difference if it is a land fill if they are in containers. Sign of the times. Used to go to a place in Homestead run by the Amish- Great fruit and really good cinnamon buns
I used to go to the McNab u-pick in west fort laud..that was a u-pick. they had strawberries, flowers, veggies, in a field..on a true family farm..sorry, I missed the ones you are talking about.
too bad, everything in Boca is fake, including the u-pick farms.
Love FL Strawberries

United States

#10 Feb 19, 2009
WEst palm wrote:
She is incorrect and should retract her statment of only 1 u pick strawberry farm in palm beach county. There is a U pick strawberry field right off of Okeechobee Blvd, in Loxahatchee,Fl. Some of the best berries I've ever had.
Where abouts? I live in Broward and not that familar with Loxahatchee. We really miss Batten's
Love FL Strawberries

United States

#11 Feb 19, 2009
driveway strawberries wrote:
<quoted text>
I used to go to the McNab u-pick in west fort laud..that was a u-pick. they had strawberries, flowers, veggies, in a field..on a true family farm..sorry, I missed the ones you are talking about.
too bad, everything in Boca is fake, including the u-pick farms.
I've been to that one, Batten's also had a Farmer's Market with the best produce I've ever found. Not to mention to die for Strawberry Milkshakes. My Mother keeps saying Plant City has great u picks, she used to go 30+ years ago but like a lot of people we never go to Miami anymore just too much traffic.
Shari Gerson

Boynton Beach, FL

#12 Feb 20, 2009
I'd like to thank you for your piece in Thursday's Sun Sentinel on "U-Pick Freshness." We love reading about the various places where you can not only get fresh produce from the tented "green market" area, but where you can pick things yourselves as well.

There are a few important omissions to your article, however. One is that there is more than one "u-pick" in Palm Beach County. There is one at the corner of 441 and Boynton Beach Blvd., that has strawberry and tomato fields to pick your own along with the tented area for other fresh produce to buy. We love going there frequently...

The other omissions, which I think are EXTREMELY important to any article on green markets, u-picks, etc., are:

1. What kind of pesticides and fertilizers are used? Do they use chemicals (not good) or natural/organic fertilizers and pesticides? I know I would not go to a place that uses chemicals to treat their produce (and I know family, friends, colleagues, etc., feel the same way - as most likely do thousands of people).

2. Where does their other produce (that is usually under a tent) actually come from? There are so many "green markets" around people want to know where the food is being trucked in from and what that farm treats their produce with as well...

I know that your article is just one in a fabulous series...I have read the other articles in the series in the past and have noticed that none mentioned the above. I hope your future articles about these places includes this vitally important information. We all want to support our local growers, but it would negate the "healthy-ness" of the food if chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used on the crops and would definitely make a difference on where I would shop.
Teresa B

West Palm Beach, FL

#13 Jan 30, 2014
WEst palm wrote:
She is incorrect and should retract her statment of only 1 u pick strawberry farm in palm beach county. There is a U pick strawberry field right off of Okeechobee Blvd, in Loxahatchee,Fl. Some of the best berries I've ever had.
Do you know the name of such U-Pick strawberry farm?

Since: May 14

Meridian, ID

#14 Jul 11, 2014
I love U-pick farms. My favorite thing to do when on vacation is find a nice u-pick farm that is nearby so me and my kids can see how farms differ from region to region. This is the site I use to find my U-pick farms http://agrilicious.org/local/u-picks

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