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  • Strawberry Onions are here!

    Plant City Florida is well known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.  What most people don't know is that most local farmers also grow "Strawberry Onions".  You may ask, What is a Strawberry Onion?  Do they taste like strawberries?   A Strawberry Onion is a Savannah Hybrid Sweet Onion which is grown on the perimeter of  the strawberry fields.  Sadly, they do not taste like strawberries, but they are sweet.

     

    Strawberry Onions are available from February to April.  It's funny to hear customers describing our Strawberry Onions to their friends or to other customers.  I've often heard them say "These strawberry onions are as sweet as an apple".  Last year we decided to start shipping our strawberry onions to the Northeast US via UPS.  So far, they've made it all the way to Maine, Ohio and Michigan.  The Strawberry Onions were such a hit last year, that we have already doubled last years shipments.

     

    At the market, we often joke that the Strawberry Onions are planted on the edges to "keep the elephants away".  At home, we use Strawberry Onions almost exclusively when they are in season mostly because they are so sweet, but I prefer them because they won't make me cry!  You can read this earlier post with our favorite way to enjoy them.  Have you ever tried our Strawberry Onions?  How do you enjoy them?

     

  • It's Strawberry Festival Time!

    Did you know the Florida Strawberry Festival dates back to the 1930s?  The Florida Strawberry Festival begins March 1 thru March 11th.  That's 11 days of fair food.  But don't worry, you'll be getting all of your antioxidants with every bite of strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshake, strawberry cookie, or flat of berries you purchase.  Wanna double up on your antioxidants?  Get the chocolate dipped strawberries!

    Parkesdale Farms founder, Roy Parke was an active member in the Florida Strawberry Festival Board of Directors for about 45 years.  The Parkesdale Farms booth offers our strawberry cookies, strawberry bread, strawberry preserves and of course our sweetest strawberries.  The Parkesdale Greenhouses booth is full of beautiful plants all grown here in Plant City Florida.  You can find our booths in the Parke Building.   The Parke Building, named after Roy and Helen, is located between gates 8 and 10.

    The first day of the Strawberry Festival is always exciting.  No matter how many years go by, the Strawberry Festival is always very special to the Parke Family.  This is what we look forward to all year long.  The whole family is involved in the festivities and craziness that comes with the additional thousands of people that will now stop by our market because they saw one of our booths at the Strawberry Festival.  How many of you learned about Parkesdale Farms from your visit to the Florida Strawberry Festival?

     

     

     

     

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