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Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Christmas Family Traditions

    December is a very busy month for our family.  At the market we are busy preparing for the beginning of strawberry shortcake season, processing gift fruit orders for our customers in the north and sending Christmas packages for our customers.  Wondering why I said shortcake season and not strawberry season?  That's because Bobby, Matt and Peggy Parke are responsible for our beautiful and sweet  berries.  They are the ones who are busy planting, growing, picking and delivering their yummy Parkesdale berries to our market every day, multiple times a day!  And we are forever grateful to them.


    At home, we are equally busy with school performances and our annual visit to Christmas Lane in Dover.  This week we visited Walden Lake Elementary's Kindergarten class Holiday Performance.  Piper was a sheep.  If you know her, she's not at all sheepish.  Although, she might try to convince you otherwise.  See if you can spot her.

    Christmas Traditions

    Another Christmas tradition is visiting Christmas Lane in Dover with Grandma Parke.  We've been going there ever since we moved to Plant City in 2009.  And every year, the girls enjoy it more and more.

    Christmas Traditions

    The set up is practically the same each year, but they also switch it up every year to add new decorations.  Most importantly, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are always there through December 23rd from 6-8pm and December 24th from 6-7 pm.


    This year we found out about the City of Winter Haven's Snow Central Event through their Facebook page.  They had 70 tons of snow, free hot cocoa, jump houses, Home Depot workshop for the kids and Santa.  It's about an hour drive from our house, but I have to say that it was worth it.  We waited about 45 minutes in line to play in the snow.  The girls have not seen real snow so this was a treat for them.

     Christmas Traditions

    We walked around and enjoyed the jump houses while listening to a live DJ playing Christmas music.  The girls hula hooped for a while and we had some hot cocoa with gingerbread cookies.  We still have to build our Gingerbread house!

    What fun Christmas family traditions do you look forward to?


  • Parkesdale Christmas Gift Guide

    With only twenty more days until Christmas, I thought it was time to showcase some of our favorite things here at Parkesdale!  Without further ado, here's Parkesdale Christmas Gift Guide:

    Strawberry Cookies Gift Basket


    Gift Basket

    Our Strawberry Cookies Gift Basket offers a beautiful Holiday theme metal tin full with our delicious home made Strawberry Cookies, Strawberry Bread and our famous Strawberry Preserves.  This basket retails for $33.90 (includes shipping in the continental US).

    Taste of Parkesdale

    Taste of Parkesdale

    The Taste of Parkesdale features our five signature items.  Have you heard of Strawberry Butter?  Our seedless Strawberry butter is delicious on toast or a bagel.  Our No Sugar Added strawberry preserves is made with whole strawberries.  And who can't resist our cutest jar, our famous Strawberry Preserves are a long time family favorite.  New to the mix are our Strawberry Salsa with its' surprising kick and chunks of berries and our Strawberry Dressing.  This gift retails for $45.90 (includes shipping) and can be gift wrapped in a basket.


    Red Navels

    Red Navels

    Our "Beauty of the Ball", these deliciously juicy red navels are only available in December.  Their sweet taste will have you begging for more.  Starting at $31.95 (plus $10.95 shipping) these would make the perfect gift for small and big families alike.

    Parkesdale Sampler

    Christmas Gift Guide


    If you are looking for variety at a great price, then look no further.  Our Parkesdale Sampler comes with Ruby Red Grapefruit, Navel Oranges and Nova Tangelos for $25.95 (plus $10.95 shipping).

    In the spirit of Christmas, we will give away one of these items to four lucky readers!  Enter our Rafflecopter Giveaway here!

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