As February draws closer, we enter peak Florida strawberry season, which generally runs from December to April. February 14 is an especially important day, and roses and strawberries pair well for any Valentine’s Day celebration.
Strawberries are also an important crop for Florida. We consistently rank second in the nation for production. A key advantage is our weather. We can produce a crop in the central Florida region when the rest of the nation is covered with snow.
Plant City – between Lakeland and Tampa – is known as Florida’s strawberry capital. Over three-quarters of the nation’s midwinter strawberries are grown in Plant City, which is also the home of the Florida Strawberry Festival. This year’s festival dates are March 3-13. Visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com for more information.
Plant City has an interesting history. Henry Plant, a well-known railroad and real estate tycoon, understood the need to connect Florida strawberry growers with consumers who had no access to them during the winter months. So he built a railroad to send them to New York, Boston and other northern cities, and the rest is history.
So take advantage of the bounty of Florida strawberries we have available today. Our Stuffed Florida Strawberries recipe can accompany any winter meal, especially a Valentine’s Day celebration.