Strawberry Fields Forever
|February 8, 2012||Posted by Sterling under Uncategorized|
Here are three signs winter is coming to South Florida:
1. The relative humidity drops to 60 percent.
2. Most of the cars on the road have out-of-state tags.
3. The line at Knaus Berry Farm stretches well out to the parking lot.
High season is strawberry season. It’s time to stock up on baskets of plump, juicy goodness at farmers markets and produce stands. Celebrate strawberry season with a pilgrimage to the farm stands in the Redland and Homestead and western Broward. A friendly teenager may serve you a strawberry shake made with fruits grown in fields established by their grandparents. These decades-old businesses deserve to stick around for years to come.
Broward Batten’s Farmers Market & Davie Agri-Tourism Center
5151 SW 64 Ave., Davie
Recently reopened, this market features new traditions and old, including the original Batten family milkshake recipe, as well as a petting zoo, cooking classes for kids, and a café. Plans are underway for u-pick strawberry fields for the 2012-13 season.
Miami-Dade Burr’s Berry Farm
12741 SW 216 St. Miami
Charlie Burr of the pioneer Burr family planted his first crop of berries in 1960 and later became known as the Strawberry King. In addition to shakes, this friendly roadside stand sells chocolate-dipped berries, jams, strawberry breads and shortcake. Enjoy your treats on the patio overlooking the strawberry fields in the back; there are u-pick fields, but call first to see if berries are ready for picking.
Knaus Berry Farm
15980 SW 248 St. Homestead
Strawberry milkshakes aren’t the only reason folks line up here – the cinnamon rolls at this family-owned farm stand are in such demand, they’re now available for shipping out of state. Back to berries: you can also get fruits, jelly and freezer jam, and there are u-pick fields out back, but call about availability.
7621 SW 87 Ave., Miami
Old-timers remember when this family-owned business was surrounded with u-pick fields. “We’ve been serving strawberry shakes for a long time,” recalls chef Jay Suggs, adding that their signature shakes were recently used to reward an entire young soccer team at the end of their season. Their shakes are made with seasonal fruits and ice cream and nonfat yogurt.
Robert Is Here
19200 SW 344th St., Homestead
Hundreds and hundreds of strawberry and tropical fruit shakes are turned out daily at this fruit stand, so named in 1959 when a farmer made a sign proclaiming “Robert Is Here” to call attention to his 6-year-old son Robert’s cucumber display. Today, it’s a popular stop for Everglades National Park-bound tourists and locals needing a fruit shake fix.
Redland Riot Road Rallye
Every January, this tour takes folks to historic places in the Redland. But you can make this strawberry pilgrimage by downloading this map online; redlandriot.com/Rallye.html
For strawberry recipes, visit ediblesouthflorida.com.