Frequently asked questions
Where is Church Lake Farms Located?
We are located in Odessa off of Race Track Road, Six miles North from Oldsmar by Patterson Road.
When are you open?
Our season in general varies depending on the winter we have prior to it. Our commercial season begins towards the end of March. If the winter is colder then the season is pushed back, if the winter season is warmer then the blueberry season begins sooner.
Our Typical U-pick season begins early to mid April through mid to late May.
When we do open, our hours are typically from 8:00am - 2:00pm on the weekends and on Tuesday/Thursday we are open from 8:00am - 12:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm
What should I wear?
We recommend that you dress comfortably, it can get warm in the afternoons. Closed toed shoes are best because the mornings are moist and there will be weeds outside as well thus flip flops or sandals are not best suited for picking. In the afternoons, sandals or flip flops are fine. On hot days, it is a great idea to bring sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun rays.
Do I need to bring my own container?
We provide buckets with bag liners. After picking and weighing, pull the bag out of the bucket and you are good to go. You are more than welcome to bring your own container or basket and we will weigh that instead.
Are your berries organic?
Our berries are not organic but we do not spray any herbicides or pesticides in our fields from the flower stage until the fields are trimmed down after harvest.
What kind of berries do you have?
We have over ten different varieties of blueberries ranging from sweet to bitter. Our top three "sweetest" berries would be: Spring High, Spring Wide and Emeralds. Our top three most "bitter" would be: Windsor, Farthing, and Jewels. Every one has different taste buds so we high suggest trying our berries, you are more than welcome to try them right off the bush.
We weigh buckets not the bodies!
Where can I find information for the upcoming season?
We update our customers through our emailing list as well as our Facebook page. You can search our name on Facebook "Church Lake Farms" to find recent posts and information about the farm. When you sign up for our emailing list you will receive emails about prices, hours of operation, what berries are left on the bush and more details.