The legacy that is now known as Parkesdale Farms began when company founder R.E. (Roy) Parke, Jr. emigrated from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1924 with his family. Roy’s father continued to pursue a vocation in farming after arriving in America with his family. In 1956, the family relocated to Plant City, FL, which was recognized throughout the country as the prime location for growing winter vegetables and strawberries. Thus the first 10 acres of Parkesdale strawberry crops had been planted!
Over the years, Roy and his own family took on the farm with a zest for hard work and a keen knowledge of agricultural and business practices. They expanded the farm into hundreds of acres of the finest strawberries, citrus, and vegetables available anywhere in the country. Parkesdale also added their own plant nurseries, which hold four extensive greenhouses, where they produce over a million vegetables and flowering plants annually.
In February 1969 Roy’s daughter Cheryl and her husband Jim Meeks opened our Parkesdale Farm Market, and can still be found talking to customers daily. What began as a small farm market has continued to grow and expand into the largest Strawberry, Citrus, and Produce Market in Florida!
Fruit / Groves
For three generations our family has been committed to growing and gifting only the most choice selection of fresh citrus, strawberries and produce. Through a combination of exceptional climate, enriched soil conditions, warm Florida sunshine, hard work and personal attention to all aspects of the growing crops, Parkesdale is able to offer you a premium final product. Your satisfaction is our guarantee.
Gift Shop / Retail / Market
Set in the heart of scenic Plant City, Florida (exit #17 from I-4) Parkesdale Farm Market is open to the public 7 days a week from 9 am – 6 pm. We personally invite you to come see our Market and Gift Shop bursting with produce, citrus, and (of course!) strawberries in our beautiful locale set amongst tropical gardens and lavish foliage. Before sending your gift baskets come seethem in person for help in selecting the perfect assortment.
Many of our customers come from right here in Plant City and the surrounding areas, who wish to buy fresh produce that the local supermarket simply can’t compete with in price or freshness. Not surprisingly, though, a large portion of our clientele spans the country from families to corporate businesses. Through compliments and positive reviews from our customers, the word has spread that Parkesdale Farms offers produce and customer service that is unsurpassed.
Our Strawberry Shortcake
Plant City Strawberry Festival
World Famous Strawberry Shortcake!
(available January – mid April)
Every winter, people flock to Parkesdale Farm Market from across the United States, even as far as Europe and Asia, just for a bowl of our World Famous Strawberry Shortcake! Served fresh from the fields, sweet sliced berries sit atop a bed of shortcake with a healthy dollop of whipped cream as garnish.
Our shortcake has been an ever improving recipe to combine the tastes of the south with the appeal of the north for the perfect shortcake. A little like a biscuit with a touch of cake, our shortcake is just sweet enough to compliment the juicy strawberries and moist enough to soak up all the sugary flavored berry juices.
A grand attraction in its own right, during the annual Plant City Strawberry Festival, Parkesdale Farm Market caters to the town’s love of berries with our very own Strawberry Throne. Sit, put on your crown, hold your roses and enjoy the chance to be Queen or King for the day. Enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of Festival days by taking a break at one of our tables, set amid a tropical garden and lush flowers and foliage, to try our fresh milkshakes, shortcakes, and other delectable treats. Our Market sits directly on your route to or from the Festival each year, don’t forget to stop and pick up your own berries and more to take home!!