Jubilee Orchards Celebrates 10 Years of Blueberry Farming

Jubilee Plantation was owned and loved by Florida Senator and Traveling Governor Lawton Chiles.

After his death, his son Bud and his wife Kitty developed a commercial organic blueberry orchard called Jubilee Orchards, comprising 40 acres with over 125,000 organic blueberry bushes comprising a dozen unique cultivars.

Every spring, thousands of people enjoy picking or ordering fruit now known as “The Best Blueberries in the South.” Jubilee has received the highest accolades from the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Farm Bureau – Designated Best Management Practices Farm and CARES FARM for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship.

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Jubilee also features the historic and vintage cabins relocated here by Lawton Chiles as part of his 19th century homestead. These cabins have been lovingly adapted and designed for weekend rentals in nature.

Anna and Brad Polnow traveled from Illinois to pick blueberries at Jubilee Orchard in 2021.

The Jubilee experience includes nature activities for children and families, musical and gastronomic events, and weddings and corporate events are being planned.

Jubilee encompasses a total of 210 acres but is surrounded by 15,000 acres of conserved Red Hills plantations, yet is only 15 minutes from downtown Tallahassee and Thomasville Georgia.

Jubilee is an outstanding example of sustainable ecological agriculture and biodiversity – home to dozens of critical species – gopher tortoises, bobcats, fox squirrels, cockade woodpeckers, deer and turkeys, and teeming with birds. They have planted abundant pollinator crops like wildflowers so the bees are healthy and no toxic pesticides or herbicides are used on the farm.

The cool season for berry picking extends from mid-April to mid-July. Jubilee Orchards is located at 12008 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32309. The season runs from now through June. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 4-7 p.m., Friday 8-11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 1-6. Closed on Mondays.

Visit jubileeorchards.com.

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