Thursday, March 4, 2010

Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida : The Taste of Summer

A Tasty Strawberry

Strawberry Festivals celebrate this fruit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Strawberry Festival in Florida starts this week and runs March 4th - 14th. While most areas of the country are still cold, wet, and chilly, Plant City Florida is already celebrating one of the tastiest of summer fruits, the strawberry. Floridians, bundled up against the 50-degree weather, were lining up at the gates this morning, ready to spend their cash now.

A History of Strawberry Festival Fun

According to the Florida Strawberry Festival website, the Strawberry Festival has been around since 1930, with only one six-year break around World War II. It is full-scale fair, and ranks in the Top 50 Fairs in North America. There is even a Post Office dedicated only to the festival that is open just 10 days a year.

Plant City celebrates agricultural abundance

The area in and around Plant City, Florida is a produce lover's dream. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 2,600 farms in the roughly 1,266 square miles of Hillsborough County. Fruit and vegetable crops are grown and harvested year-round, The Florida Strawberry Growers Association lists the strawberry season as December through April, meaning this March Strawberry Festival falls at the perfect time to get sweet, ripe strawberries. The University of Florida even has an entire department of research dedicated to strawberries. Their Berry/Vegetable Times even traces the developments in agriculture for this abundant area. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida : The Taste of Summer"



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