Updated: Apr 22, 2020
The Florida Strawberry Festival has come and gone, but that doesn't mean this little town shuts down! Perfectly nestled between Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL lies Plant City, FL. Known for their homegrown Strawberries and Strawberry Shortcakes. Historically known for its railroads and farms, Plant City has since blossomed into a small town with a lot to offer.
If you're wanting to taste the freshest berries, shortcakes and milkshakes - we HIGHLY recommend visiting Parkesdale Market. Parkesdale has everything you need to satisfy your strawberry craving, but what you might not know is they have aisles of fresh produce, beautiful plants, fresh jams, honey, t-shirts and more!
If fresh, locally sourced produce is what you're after, there are an abundant amount of fresh produce stands lining the back roads of Plant City. One we frequent is located on Branch Forbes Rd right off exit 17 on I-4. Farm fresh eggs, fresh fruit and homemade Cajun boiled peanuts are plentiful at this location!
Plant City would not have become what it is today without the many hands of their Migrant population. Every year, hundreds of hardworking people migrate to Plant City and work long, hard days picking the produce we love! Along with their superior work ethic, the migrant population brings Hispanic culture to the city. Tacos trucks, family owned Mexican restuarants and authentic grocery stores allow us to expand our pallets with the robust flavors of homemade salsas, tortillas, chicharrones, tacos and much more. Our frequent taco stop is Taqueria El Compadre, located on 574 just west of Turkey Creek Rd.
Although Plant City is growing, their hometown, itty-bitty roots run deep and that shows by how many people support locally owned businesses. A hip, new Tap Room & Wine Bar opened in the heart of Downtown Plant City and claimed the appropriate name of Roots. This relaxing and eclectic space has quickly become a hometown favorite. In addition to Roots, we recommend you visit Keel & Curley Winery, O'Brien's Irish Pub, Fred's Farmers Market, Johnsons Barbecue, The Corner Store, Brickhouse and Norma's Cuban Shop. The list could go on, but the truth of the matter is that you can't go wrong eating local in Plant City, FL.