Chad’s Blog: Support Your Florida Farmers

I was recently at a U-Pick strawberries farm just a few miles from my house in Seminole County, and it really got me thinking about where my family gets their fresh produce and how much of it comes from Florida. I’ve noticed there’s been a growing trend to buy local, fresh foods, as well as a move to support local farms and businesses. I’m really thrilled to see this, especially since I want my kids to get a better understanding that our food didn’t originally come from the supermarket.

If you live in Florida, chances are there is a farm near you. Florida’s agriculture industry is second only to tourism, and more than 80% of all fresh vegetables eaten throughout the winter in the United States come from Florida. What’s grown here? Well, Florida is first in production in the U.S. for oranges, fresh market tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, sugarcane, fresh market snap beans, and fresh market cucumbers. Florida ranks second in bell peppers, strawberries, fresh market sweet corn, spring potatoes, peanuts, tangerines, and avocados. 

If you’re looking for the freshest produce available, I highly recommend downloading this Florida Seasonal Availability Chart. Here are some other tips on getting local food:

  • Buy produce from a roadside produce stand (ask if it’s local to be sure)
  • Shop for in-season fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market
  • Start your own garden or join a community garden
  • Participate in a Farm-to-School garden near you (or start one)
  • Eat at Farm-to-Table restaurants
  • Go to a U-Pick Farm

 

In the meantime, visit a farm near you and shake hands with your local farmer. You’ll be glad you did. Below is a list of some of the farmers near me.

So, get out and Do florida!

Chad

 

U-Pick Farms (Check online for seasonal availability)

 

Claire Berries, Blueberry Farm

18751 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando, FL 32820

https://www.facebook.com/claireberriesblueberryupickfarm

 

Pappy’s Patch U-Pick

700 Florida Avenue, Oviedo, FL 32765

Strawberries Winter thru Spring, blueberries in Spring, Fall Corn maze

https://www.facebook.com/pappysstrawberries

 

Soggy Acres Pomelo Grove

100 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708

Pomelo fruit available in Winter

http://visitseminole.com/things-to-do/agri-tours/soggy-acres-pomelo-grove

 

U-Pick Berry Farm

500 Snowhill Rd, Geneva, FL 32732

Blueberries and Blackberries in Spring and Summer.

https://www.facebook.com/upickberriesgeneva

 

Whites’ Red Hill Grove

7218 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773

Roadside market and packing house. Citrus, jellies, candies, baskets and shipping available. U-pick hydroponic strawberries available in season.

https://www.redhillgroves.com

 

 

Local Farmers’ Markets and Local Grocers

 

Baggs Produce

2485 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL

http://visitseminole.com/things-to-do/agri-tours/baggs-produce-market

 

Chamberlin’s Natural Foods

Florida locations in Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Orlando, Kissimmee, and Lakeland

http://www.chamberlins.com

 

Earth Origins

3005 W. Lake Mary Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746

https://earthoriginsmarket.com

 

Geneva Heritage Farmers Market

2993 W. Osceola Road, Geneva, FL 32732

https://www.facebook.com/GenevaHeritageFarmersMarket

 

Goldsboro Farmers Market

Westside Community Center

919 S. Persimmon Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goldsboro-Farmers-Market/1389380651095428

 

Historic Longwood Farmers & Artisans Market

300 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood, FL 32779

https://www.longwoodfl.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=144

 

Hoover’s Market

1035 Academy Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

http://www.hooversmarket.com

 

Lake Mary Farmers Market

100 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746

https://www.facebook.com/LakeMaryFarmersMarket

 

Maitland Farmers Market

701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL

https://www.itsmymaitland.com/community-events.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=13022

 

Ol’ Barn Junktiques

2993 W Osceola Road, Geneva, FL 32732

https://www.facebook.com/olbarnjunktiques

 

Oviedo Farmers Market

200 W. Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765

https://www.facebook.com/OviedoFarmersMarket

 

Sanford Farmers Market

Downtown Square 200, S. Magnolia Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=1021

 

Winter Park Farmers Market

200 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

https://cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/farmers-market

 

Winter Springs Farmers Market

1196 Tree Swallow Drive, Winter Springs, FL 32708

https://www.facebook.com/WinterSpringsFarmersMarket

 

Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium

335 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd. Longwood, FL 32750

https://www.wildharekitchen.com

 

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