Opening Doors, Opening Minds

If there’s one thing we love about agritourism (although let’s face it, there is a lot more than just one thing to love!) it’s the fact that it gives our farmers and ranchers the chance to shine. There’s so much more to our state than the sprawling concrete tourist destinations that typically pull in the big bucks and gain the most attention. Our state is rich in resources, and agritourism is a great way to educate others about those resources.

Central Florida Ag News has always been a champion of the local ag scene, but this edition gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on businesses that are opening their doors to open minds and share their passion.

In this edition, we introduce you to Clermont’s Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards and Sebring’s Lala Land, but those are just two of many farms in our area that offer educational opportunities in the way of agritourism. Others include:

  • Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch: This Lake Placid ranch offers tours through old Florida from October through April. It’s a working cattle ranch that spans nearly 5,000 acres and is teeming with wildlife.
  • Partin Ranch Corn Maze: Located in Kenansville, 13 miles south of St. Cloud, this ranch offers a variety of fall activities including a corn maze, combine harvester rides, hayrides, a kiddie zipline, and a pumpkin patch. 
  • Southern Hill Farms: This Clermont staple reopens in September for its Fall Festival, which includes a corn maze and pumpkin patch. In addition, each spring it hosts a u-pick for blueberries, peaches, strawberries, zucchini, squash, sunflowers, and zinnias.   

We hope you share our enthusiasm for all the fun and educational opportunities that abound in our state. After all, agritourism is just one more way to #ThankAFarmer.

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