U-Pick Rules

U-PICK has been completed for the 2016-2017 Citrus Season. We are growing a new citrus crop and will reopen U-PICK in mid-November.

U-Pick Rules For your safety and for the protection of our trees and crops and the wildlife that calls our grove “home”, we ask that you read all the rules and guidelines listed below.
Please observe and follow ALL notices and signs. U-pick is always subject to weather and farm working conditions. NO ONE is allowed in the Grove unattended. Since there are about ten different citrus varieties available throughout the season, we provide Grove Guides to lead you to the best place to pick your variety and show you just how to pick that perfect fruit. We know our way around the Grove.

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Gotta tell you what the State of Florida and the insurance company wants you to know… you’ll see this sign again, when you come to the Grove to U-Pick. It’s required by law.

NOTICE OF INHERENT RISK

WARNING

Under Florida law, an agritourism operator is not liable for injury or death of, or damage or loss to, a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury, death, damage, or loss results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury, death, damage, or loss.You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.

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Now that you’ve read this, let me tell you that you are going out to a working farm and out into a real orange grove and there are, indeed, things you should keep an eye out for. Most of the things are the same sort of hazards you’d find in your own backyard, but your Guide is going to point them out to you as we go. In a grove, you can encounter many different things- bees, fire ants and other bugs, snakes or a wild animal, sand spurs or an armadillo hole in the ground. Maybe even an alligator, though seen only once in 40+ years living here and it wasn’t in the grove. At the northern edge of the grove is a bayou connecting to the Little Manatee River. In the packinghouse, as we walk through it, we need to watch out for the forklift if it’s running and things on the ground as well as possible sharp metal by the machinery. Am I sounding like one of those drug commercials yet? Getting out of bed is dangerous. Just watch where you’re going and be careful.

Important  U-Pick Information

Please do not bring any valuables or purses out to U-Pick. Dooley Groves will not be responsible for loss of any item.

Childern must be with a parent at all times.  NO Clippers for Children without direct Parental Supervision. Sorry… NO pets.

Backpacks or large bags/ large purses are NOT allowed out in the grove.

Dooley Groves reserves the right to inspect returning wagons, strollers and any other item.

Please return the Clippers to Your Grove Guide when you are finished U-Picking. You will be charged $10 for unreturned/lost clippers.

Do Not eat the fruit directly off the tree while out in the grove. All U-Picked fruit needs to be washed off first, before eating.

All U-Pick sales are final. Pick only what you intend on paying for. You will be charged for all fruit picked.

U-Picked fruit cannot be mailed out of state.It is against Federal law.