If you are a long time customer, then you know when summer rolls around our hours change. Starting May 1st, our hours of operation change to Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. During the summer we are closed on Mondays. In addition, we will be closing for Father's Day on Sunday, June 16th.
While we are well known for our strawberries, one of our summer crops is "pickles" or pickling cucumbers. These "pickles" are grown right here in Plant City. They are about half the size of a regular cucumber and twice as crunchy. Our cashiers love to snack on them with Trenchas Chile Powder and lots of lime juice. But you better hurry because our pickle season is about to end. So give them a try before they are gone.
Another great thing about summers at Parkesdale is the Summer Fruit! A few weeks ago we had Florida peaches and they were phenomenal. Not as big as Georgia Peaches, but just as sweet, if not juicier. Georgia peaches are just coming in and they are deliciously sweet.
Cherries from the west coast are also starting to show up. This week we've had the mixed batch of yellow and red cherries.
And not to be forgotten, watermelons are here. Whether you prefer sangrias or seedless watermelons, we have a large variety of sizes. Personally, I prefer honeydews to cantaloupes, but they've both been super juicy and sweet. At our market, we always have samples of our honeydews and cantaloupes to reassure you of our quality products.
I know you are all missing our strawberry shortcake because I miss them too. But during the summer our "shortcake area" brings out a new menu. Our Summer Menu includes banana splits, sundaes, ice cream cones, kid treats and fruit-filled milkshakes.
Get ready to try the best banana split you've ever had for only $2.59 (plus tax). We start with a sweet banana and three cups of vanilla ice cream, then we top the ice cream with strawberries, pineapples and chocolate syrup, plus whipped cream and peanuts. It's almost a meal all by itself! We have a variety of sundaes available: strawberry, chocolate, hot fudge and caramel for $1.99 (plus tax). For the kid in you, we have ice cream cones with either chocolate, vanilla or swirl. We also have tangerine ice cream cones! Either flavor combination is 99 cents.
We have a few options for the kids. Our newest addition is a kid "Dirt Cup" for $1.29 (plus tax). Your kid can pick their ice cream flavor (chocolate, vanilla, tangerine, swirl), then our staff will load their "Dirt Cup" with crumbled Oreo cookies and top it with gummy worms! We also have a "Cookies and Cream" ice cream cup with either sugar wafers or chocolate chip cookies. For only $1.29 (plus tax), it's a great treat for your "cookie monster"!
My favorite part of the Summer Menu is all of our fruit-filled milkshakes. You know we are already famous for our Strawberry milkshake, but did you know we make coconut, banana, mango, blueberry, pineapple, orange and peach milkshakes? If you haven't tried our blueberry milkshake, I suggest you stop by soon before they are gone! They are only available for a limited time while local blueberries are available. And just for fun, what's summertime without an apple pie. Yes, we created an apple pie milkshake! So, while we may not have our strawberry shortcake, there are a lot of new things to try.
When was the last time you stopped by for an ice cream treat?
What's your favorite fruit filled milkshake?
What's your favorite summer fruit?