Wish Farms - Strawberry Picking Challenge

Strawberry Picking Challenge

 Bright House Networks and Wish Farms invite you to visit our strawberry farm in Plant City to enjoy a sweet & festive afternoon with your family all for a good cause!



        • Watch the team’s competing for Best Harvest Crew in the Strawberry Picking Challenge competition
        • Enjoy music and onsite activities hosted by Radio Disney 
        • Play strawberry featured games & activities: balloon maker, Bass Pro raffle, Strawberry Festival ticket giveaway & more!
        • Feast on a full Barbecue spread for lunch
        • Snack on strawberry shortcake & strawberry samples
        • Snap family photos in front of our historic barnantique tractors
        • Purchase fresh-picked strawberries at Misty the Garden Pixie’s Post (You may just get to meet her!)

BBQ Lunch & Strawberry Shortcake are included.  Please note this is NOT a u-pick event


              • $25 per adult
              • $8 per child 12 & under
              • Children 3 & under are free
              • Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.  Space is limited!
              • Tickets will be sold onsite the day-of
              • For questions contact Amber@wishfarms.com
              • Order your event tickets below via PayPal for Saturday, February 8
Purchase your tickets in advance via PayPal below.

Age Groups


For families coming to enjoy a day on the strawberry farm, the strawberry picking challenge is a spectator event. Corporate teams will be competing for the coveted Strawberry Joe trophy.  The trophy is named after the late Joe Wishnatzki, our owner Gary Wishnatzki’s father.  Joe and his brother Lester joined the family farm business in 1955.  Joe was passionate about strawberries and would be proud to support a charity event that promoted the importance of our farmers and pickers. The “Strawberry Joe” is a perpetual trophy that will be passed around year to year.  The winner of the first annual Bright House Networks Strawberry Picking Challenge will have their team’s name featured on a plaque.  The trophy will be displayed proudly for a year until the next picking challenge when a new winner is selected. We thank everyone who is helping to make this tradition grow!  Here’s to a new tradition.   


Philip Stanaland

Strawberry Grower & Farms Manager for G&D Farms

Isabel Laessig

Food Blogger of Family Foodie
Founder of the Sunday Supper Movement



Jeff Houck

Food Editor for the Tampa Tribune
Food Blogger of The Stew


Michael Saladrigas

Publix Corporate, Manager of Customer Care







A special thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting RCMA and making this community event possible. To become a sponsor for the event, please see sponsorship opportunities here or contact Amber Kosinsky (amber@wishfarms.com). Thank you.









Will & Pam Bissett

James Irrigation

Ed & Barbara Bergmann USMCS, LLC

Red Dog Management, Inc.

Mary & Bob Sierra Family Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Jay & Loraine Garcia

Dick & Julie Moore

Interested in becoming a sponsor or attending our kick-off sponsor & celebrity dinner on Friday, February 7th at TPepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa?  Click here for a full list of our sponsorship levels.

Please contact Amber Kosinsky (amber@wishfarms.com) to discuss opportunities to highlight your business and help support the cause.



  • Doris O. Smith

    January 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Would like to know if you have blueberries, if so, do you ship them to customers?

    • amber

      January 23, 2014 at 2:37 am

      Hi Doris, we do have blueberries year round. Currently, our blueberries are being grown in Chile. Florida blueberry season will begin mid to late March and will be available at grocery stores across the USA but more readily available along the eastern seaboard. We are unable to ship small quantities to individual consumers but depending on the quantity we may be able to help you. Please email info@wishfarms.com if you have a specific request. Thanks!

  • Rachel Baer

    January 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Do you open up your organic strawberry fields for u-pick? I would be very interested in this! Thank you

    • amber

      January 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

      Hi Rachel, I’m sorry we do not have plans for an organic strawberry u-pick. Our organic farm is pretty remote and logistically it would be really difficult to open it up to the public. We appreciate your interest and hope you can make it our Bright House Networks Strawberry Picking Challenge event on Feb 8th!

  • Rachel Baer

    January 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you!

  • stephen gordon

    February 2, 2014 at 2:53 am

    how do you wash the berries once you buy them and at what temp and for how long and why?


    February 5, 2014 at 3:20 am


  • Elaine Deis Donohue

    February 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    My nephew jason deis works for wish Farms. I live on long island ny. Where do you ship your fruit to up here?

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