Wish Farms - Strawberry Picking Challenge

Strawberry Picking Challenge

Wish Farms invites you to our second annual Strawberry Picking Challenge benefitting RCMA!

Redlands Christian Migrant association (RCMA) provides childcare and education services for  low- income and rural families. Visit our strawberry farm in Plant City to enjoy a sweet & festive afternoon with your family all for a great cause!






        • Watch the team’s competing for Best Harvest Crew in the Strawberry Picking Challenge competition
        • Emcee by Reporter for InfoMas, Melissa Zayas Morenoimage003
        • Play strawberry featured games & activities
        • Music by the popular Clemons Road Band image006
        • Snap family photos in front of our historic barnantique tractors
        • Eat a delicious lunch from our food trucks! $5 kids meal and $10 adult mealimage010
        • Enjoy some strawberry shortcake
        • Purchase fresh-picked strawberries at Misty the Garden Pixie’s Post (You may just get to meet her!)

Please note this is NOT a u-pick event

Follow us on Facebook! 




Philip Stanaland

Strawberry Grower and Manager

of G&D Farms.


Jan Norris

Editor of Florida, Food & Farm , Publisher of


Writer for the Coastal Star,

Florida Weekly, Sun-Sentential

newspapers, City and Shore, Florida Travel

& Life, and Go! Magazines.


Erin McWhorter

Contributing Food Columnist for

Sarasota City News & Blogger for

Erin’s Everyday Eats.








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.   



A special thanks to all of our 2014 sponsors for supporting RCMA last year. Our goal was exceeded last year and $75,000 was raised for the cause! To become a sponsor for the event, please contact Amber Kosinsky (amber@wishfarms.com). Thank you.




Everglades Logo 





Howard Fertilizer Logo-2



Will & Pam Bissett

Avery Family Foundation

James Irrigation

Ed & Barbara Bergmann USMCS, LLC

Mary & Bob Sierra Family Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Jay & Loraine Garcia

Dick & Julie Moore

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?

  • Brenda snider

    February 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Hi, I purchased 4 containers of berries from Wish Farm at Addis here in Clearwater Fla. Only found 1 bad berry .
    I wanted to enter into your How’s My Picking SWEEPSTAKES, but no place to enter the 16 digit #. Could not even leave a comment, so I came on this site.
    Thanks for reading this and maybe you could enter me. The 16 digit # is 2200 0151 3004 7901. Fingers crossed ?, Brenda Snider

    • amber

      February 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Brenda, thank you for sharing your feedback. We are happy to hear you were satisfied with the majority of your pack but we hope we can improve next time and make sure every berry meets (and exceeds) your expectations. Thanks for visiting our page and don’t be a stranger!

Leave a Comment: