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Inaugural Blueberry Tour

UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service

Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Adult participant
Includes lunch, refreshments and materials
Ended $65.00 $0.00
Youth participant aged 13-17
Includes lunch, refreshments and materials
Ended $65.00 $0.00

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Farm to Plate Polk County Blueberry Tour

April 11, 2014 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Connect with blueberry farmers and products!

Join our very first Polk County blueberry industry tour!  Learn about local agriculture and relax and enjoy the fruits of somone else's labor!

Highlights of experience:

  • Picking berries at a local U-Pick!
  • Visit a blueberry winery for lunch and sampling.
  • Learn about packing, marketing & more. 

Beginning at: Shady Oaks Fruit Farm, 3320 Shady Oak Drive East, Lakeland, 33810

Open to everyone 18 and older or 13 and older with adult. Note a liability waiver form must be signed to participate.


Registration: $65 including lunch, materials and
refreshments.

http://mapq.st/1hzkUuW map for tour route

 

Schedule

8 A.M. Meet at Shady Oaks Fruit Farm 3320 Shady Oak Drive East, Lakeland FL, 33810. Learn about growing blueberries, pick some yourself and try their gorgeous blueberry muffins!

10 A.M. Depart for Lunch and Learn at True Blue Winery and Bistro (travel about 45 minutes)

11 A.M. Arrive at True Blue Winery and Bistro
Starting with blueberries about 6 years ago, Howard and Fatima Gill have built their Davenport blueberry farm piece by piece, harvesting their sweet berries by hand.  They began using excess berries to make wine to share with friends and family and seeing the potential, overcame significant hurdles to open True Blue Winery and Bistro for the first time in October 2012.

1 P.M. Depart for Wm.G.Roe & Sons Inc. Packinghouse (travel about 30 minutes)

1:30 P.M. Arrive at Wm.G.Roe & Sons Inc. Packinghouse
Learn about the Florida blueberry industry right here in Polk County! This multi-generation family Winter Haven operation will offer a rare opportunity to see inside the packinghouse and learn why Florida blueberry acreage has is increased in recent years.

3:30 P.M. Depart for Shady Oaks Fruit Farm (travel about 30 minutes)

4 P.M. Arrive at Shady Oaks Fruit Farm
Pick up your blueberries, and some fresh fruits and vegetables or goats milk soaps while you’re at it!

Contact: Mary Beth Henry at 863-519-1049 or mbhenry@ufl.edu  

 

 

More about the participators

 

About Shady Oaks Fruit Farm

 

Shady Oak Farm sits on 10 acres on the Western outskirts of Lakeland, Florida about two miles north of I4. Primarily a blueberry farm with more than 26,000 blueberry bushes offering both U-Pick and We-Pick blueberries in season (April-May), it also grows vegetables of various types throughout the growing year, both in soil and hydroponically. It has a lovely pond with ducks and shay trees with seating underneath to enjoy.

 

Shady Oak Farm provides instruction in various farm activities for from ten visitors to more than 100. Tours can be tailored to both children and adults. Areas of instruction include plant propagation, fertilization, planting, insect control and harvesting, all from knowledgeable instructors. Programs can be tailored to the specific interests of each group and length of experience can vary from 30 minutes to two hours or more. Takeaways are frequently a part of the program. Meals and or snacks can be provided. Parking for multiple busses is available. Shady Oak farm is also available for hosting group meetings and other activities.

 

Shady Oaks collaborates with the University of Florida on a number of programs and will be please to share their experience.

 

Shady Oaks Fruit Farm, 3320 Shady Oak Drive East, Lakeland FL, 33810 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeland-Berries-at-Shady-Oaks-Farm/107936575898598 Information including times of instruction and rates may be obtained by calling Retta Baucom at (863) 512-1547 or (863) 6661.

 

 

 

About True Blue Winery and Bistro

 

Starting with blueberries about 6 years ago, Howard and Fatima Gill have built their Davenport blueberry farm piece by piece, harvesting their sweet berries by hand.  They began using excess berries to make wine to share with friends and family and seeing the potential, overcame significant hurdles to open True Blue Winery and Bistro for the first time in October 2012.

 

The winery is the first ever in Polk County, specializing in a signature blueberry and blackberry wines while also serving peach, orange and muscadine a grape native to the Southeastern United States.

 

In addition to the winery, the property also features a bistro that serves classic sandwiches and soups for lunch.  And on weekends the outdoor brick oven is fired up to cook pizzas Brick oven Salmon, and wood fire steaks for dinner.

 

True Blue Winery is located on 604 Pink Apt. Rd. in Davenport, Fl.  
Hours are Wednesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. To 6:00 p.m.  Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. To 10:00 p.m. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information call (863) 419-4400 or visit
http://www.truebluewinery.com/

 

 

 

About Wm. G. Roe & Sons:

 

Learn about the Florida blueberry industry right here in Polk County! This multi-generation family Winter Haven operation will offer a rare opportunity to see inside the packinghouse and learn why Florida blueberry acreage has is increased in recent years.

 

Wm. G. Roe & Sons is a full service vertically integrated blueberry and citrus business complete with our own marketing staff, “Noble Worldwide Sales.” The enterprise, located in Winter Haven, FL, includes: a citrus packinghouse, citrus juice plant, blueberry packinghouse, repack/cold storage facility, citrus and blueberry Ag holdings.

 

Wm. G. Roe & Sons has been in business since 1927. With four generations of experience in Florida agriculture we understand its rigors and challenges, and are well suited to resolve the obstacles confronting growers. We provide the blueberry grower a clean and simple one stop alternative.

 

Roe offers field to packinghouse transportation and logistical support for growers from South Georgia to South Florida. Our spacious facility and state of the art equipment enables Roe to package under numerous lables, giving Noble Worldwide Sales the ability to take full advantage of rapidly changing marketplace conditions.

 

Wm.G.Roe & Sons Inc. http://noblecitrus.com/

 

Have questions about Inaugural Blueberry Tour? Contact UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service

When & Where


Shady Oaks Fruit Farm
3320 Shady Oak Dr E
Lakeland, FL 33810

Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


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UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service

 

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M., University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.

 

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