The holiday break for schools has arrived, so here are some agritourism outings, from the Panhandle in the northwest to Homestead in the southeast, to take the kids to during the next few weeks.
Before you head out for a visit, check the venue’s website or Facebook page for special events; for any restrictions, such as “cash only”; and for days and hours of operation.
Bradley’s Country Store
10655 Centerville Road, Tallahassee
Just 15 minutes from one of the busiest intersections in Tallahassee lies Bradley’s Country Store. The drive takes you along a winding, rolling road that’s heavily canopied with live oaks.
Once there, you can visit the vintage country store, featuring a variety of old-time foods such as real grits and cornmeal (ground on-site); excellent cuts of meat and seasoned homemade sausage (made from Grandma Mary Bradley’s 1910 recipe and smoked on-site); homemade jams and jellies; and a variety of other hard-to-find comestibles, including liver pudding and hogshead cheese.
Stroll the historic grounds (Bradley’s Country Store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and see the Ole Smokehouse and the Grist Mill Shotgun Shed (built in 1922), where the smoking and grinding occur.
Sons & Daughters Farm & Winery
5926 Fearnley Road, Lake Worth
You won’t see a manicured landscape at Sons & Daughters Farm & Winery. “Some people expect to see perfect, weedless rows,” said David Bick. “But those come at a cost.”
This farm is organic, so Bick and his wife, Teal Pfeifer, who own and live on the 16.8-acre farm, eschew chemicals such as herbicides
In addition to two miniature donkeys, this farm features chickens and roosters. The fowl range free, and you can buy their eggs. You also can buy some delicious organic wines and other items on-site.
Kids, of course, can drink the kombucha or sample popcorn and other treats. Events include Full-Moon Farm Tours and live music.
24401 SW 197th Ave., Homestead
The most populous county in Florida, Miami-Dade offers so much more than heavy traffic, lots of people, and great Cuban coffee in Little Havana.
Going Bananas, for example, grows almost 100 varieties of one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. (The availability of some varieties varies during the year.)
And the owners, the Chafin-Leon family, sell only banana cultivars and tropical trees that they grow themselves.
Going Bananas is open to the public five days a week (closed Sunday and Thursday). If you’d like a tour, call to arrange one before you visit.