Spring has sprung at Jubilee Orchards! The sun has kept its promise to warm up the fields in time for our big Jubilee Blues u-pick season. While many growers in the southeast have experienced a devastating loss of crops from unseasonal freezing temperatures, we are relieved to announce that the majority of our blueberries have survived. Georgia Dawns and Rebel varieties are already starting to turn purple, and we're anticipating a strong blueberry harvest this year.
From clearing out parking spaces to landscaping our entry gate, we've been working hard to get Jubilee Orchards in tip-top shape before the arrival of thousands of guests expected to come out for our blueberry u-picks! In addition, we've added a 2000+ square foot packing house that will initially be used to pack our certified organic and organically grown Jubilee Blues' brand fruit. The concrete floor has just been poured and a metal roof has been installed thanks to the tireless help of our crew.
We are also undertaking an upgrade of our historic 19th century cabins to create a farm museum and office. Part of the renovations will include a staging area in our cook shack for farm events and receptions. The cabins were added to Jubilee Plantation by my dad, former Governor Lawton "Walkin'" Chiles, and have been an iconic feature of the property ever since. We look forward to being able to welcome guests into the cabins to experience some of Florida's history, first hand.
Visit us at our Jubilee Blues Blueberry U-Pick events every Saturday (10am-2pm) and Sunday (2pm-4pm) from April 1st - May 14th to see all of the wonderful changes at Jubilee! We hope to see you there!