Monday, September 25, 2023

5 Delicious (And Photo-Worthy) Places to Support Local Farmers

South Florida might be known for its sand and surf, but it’s also home to lots of family-owned farms—where did you think those farm-fresh veggies came from?

We picked a few of our favorites around town (some further away, but well worth the trip) to support your local farmer, with activities like farm-to-table dinners, strawberry picking, pumpkin patches, and sunflower fields.

An added bonus, a trip to the farm also makes for great photos!

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market

From families with small children to outings with friends, Bedner’s has been a part of the community for decades. The Bedner family moved to South Florida from Pennsylvania in the ’50s, then established the farm in 1960. It’s still a family-run operation, with animals, tram rides, seasonal fruit and vegetable picking (most popular, strawberries!), a photo-worthy sunflower field, and in the fall, a pumpkin patch. 10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach; 561/733-5490;


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Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery 

Previously a nursery, the area was destroyed by hurricanes in 2005. But it got a second life as Sons & Daughters Farm in 2013, serving up wines that you’ll only find in South Florida. The farm is most known for its hibiscus wine, but order a flight to try the seasonal offerings. If you’re not into trying something alcoholic, there’s also farm-made kombucha. 5926 Fearnley Road, Lake Worth; 561/213-7808;


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Swank Specialty Produce

When getting married at a farm became the in thing to do, Swank was the place to do it. Many a couple has had their nuptials here, but it’s even more known for their Swank Table dinners. With dinners held monthly (during season), big-name chefs from the community host a dinner party with guests seated at communal tables. With more than 350 varieties of fruits and vegetables, you’re sure not to go hungry here. 14311 N Road, Loxahatchee; 561/202-5648;


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Kai-Kai Farm

After living on a boat for 10 years, the husband-and-wife team behind Kai-Kai Farm decided to head back to shore and founded this 40-acre farm. Check online for their full schedule of bimonthly farm-to-table dinners with the likes of Chef Clay Conley.
8006 SW Kanner Highway, Indiantown; 772/597-1717;


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Mick Farms

While it’s not exactly close to home, it’s a perfect rest stop on the way to Central Florida or even an ambitious day trip. The farm has pumpkin patches and sunflower fields during season, and all year round you can grab a bucket for u-pick for seasonal fruits and vegetables. 4261 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud; 321/231-5540;


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Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the former web editor at Boca magazine, where she enjoyed battling with web coding and community reporting—the more off beat, the better. An award-winning journalist, she is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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