Thursday, July 14, 2016

Florida Crops!

We are known for our orange groves but Florida grows so many fruits and vegetables that end up being shipped all over the country and the world.

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I did a google search and got this info from the Fresh from Florida website HERE.

“In 2013 Florida had 48,000 commercial farms, using a total of 9.55 million acres; Florida ranked second in the U.S. for value of vegetable production; first in production value for oranges, fresh market tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, fresh market snap beans, fresh market cucumbers and squash; second in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, bell peppers, strawberries, fresh market sweet corn, spring potatoes, tangerines and avocados; 12th in beef cows; and accounts for 63 percent of total U.S. citrus production. Florida ranks eighth in agricultural exports with over $4 billion.”

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We see lots of fields of peanuts and melons in our area as well as all kinds of fruits.

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The watermelons look ready to pick!

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I like this sign!

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And the website HERE has a chart to see what is in season each month of the year.

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Of course you don’t think of hills here in Florida either but we have a few.

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You say you get car sick?

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Move over and sit by the window!

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And enjoy the view!

There’s a Swallowtail Kite in the center of the photo below but it’s hard to see.

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I'm joining Tex for Good Fences!

33 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty series of photos. Lovely views of the Florida farms. The view of the wobbly road is neat. I love fresh sweet corn on the cob, YUM! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Dewena said...

Thank you for the link to Fresh from Florida. I saved it and will try some of the produce that I've never eaten, like carambola, and did not know that Passion Fruit was grown here.

I may have to find some of your hilly country roads when I get to missing the hills of TN!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love your ribbon-highway :)

Peggy Jones said...

So good to hear all the goodies coming from the USA. Florida is one of our state treasures. Ky. has some hilly roads too and curvy, making them really dangerous.

Inger said...

Beautiful country pictures. When you think about Florida, you don't think about this part of the state so much, it's more about the beaches, the entertainments, Miami and so on. Thanks for reminding us that there's a lot more to Florida.

fabriquefantastique said...

I learn something new everyday!! Enjoyed this post.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Well, I learned from your blog, as I would have bet that Illinois or some other Midwestern state was the corn capitol However, they don't specialize in the "sweet" variety, instead most goes to produce ethanol and cattle feed. We are picking the last of our mango crop today. Most went to our neighbors whom we invited to harvest, as we just returned to Florida from our second home in Illinois.

Red Rose Alley said...

It sounds like Florida's farmland produces a bounty of fruits and vegetables. What a cool picture of the curvy roads. Would love to drive that and see all the green farmland along the way.

love, ~Sheri

Tanya Breese said...

i love watermelon! pretty scenery...that is a rolly road!

podso said...

I appreciated this post especially as there's a FL farmer in our family. I was thinking about the hills and how it doesn't look like flat FL when you commented about the rolling countryside! Just lovely views. Also your dolls pjs are adorable! You are so talented!

BeachGypsy said...

Diane i just love those last few pictures of the highways of florida! Love to drive them! I love your florida scenes because they show how your state is so much more than the beach high rises. Loved the sweet dollies yesterday as well but i was looking for their bowl of popcorn and dvds? Ha ha lol thank you so much for the sweet compliments on my style post--- girlfriend i always love YOUR outfits! You always look colorful and cool and cute even out hiking!!

LV said...

We get a lot of fruit and veggies from California. However our local stuff is the best.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

How interesting to read about all of the fresh produce from Florida. I'm way overdue a visit to the sunshine state.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

what a fantastic highway.

TexWisGirl said...

love the ribbon road! and that's a really great variety of produce!

Ida said...

Wonderful farmland there in Florida. You are right, I never pictured Florida with any hills and certainly not farmland other then Oranges. Very neat post.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Yes, it's amazing how some 'see' a world in their minds, like the state of Florida being flat and swampy....like those who have never been to Texas [they don't realize that there ARE some tropical areas instead of cactus and tumbleweeds].

Loved reading about all the crops today. Great fences...and FUNNY about the 'move over to the window'....I'd be "Weeeee" over each hill. Lots of fun on that road for sure.

Botanic Bleu said...

While I knew Florida farmers grew oranges, I had no idea about the overall impact of Florida farmers. Amazing!
I've been out of pocket for so long, I haven't had much time for my blog and visiting others. Thank you for stopping occasionally to leave such nice comments.

Stay cool...

Judith

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I always think of beaches when I think of FL!! It's really beautiful there and such nice fruit farms.
Thanks for sharing this info and photos. :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane, I haven't seen "Mama Mia" yet. Now, I'm very curious about the scene you mentioned. Sounds like a special one. :)

~Sheri

Debbie said...

what a fun post!! i didn't realize there were so many farms in florida, we enjoy our florida corn on the cob prior to our jersey corn coming in!!

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I am very interested in agriculture. This post was fun for me. I think it is amazing how we produce food and the farmers who do it.
Great photos of the watermelon. :-)
Carla

bj said...

we had fresh corn on the cob at dinner tonight...so good, i nearly ate the cob...lol..
you live in beautiful country..and your photos of it are great.

Weekend-Windup said...

Wow! it is wonderful to see the farm view. Roads are long and neat.

Phil Slade said...

Over here we think of Florida as sea, sand and Disney! It's good to see the real Florida behind the tourist brochures. Thank you.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I had no idea how much farming was in FL. You really do have the best adventures on the road.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Pretty pictures, it is amazing how much is farmed there isn't it! Here in Indiana its a lot of corn and soy beans! Wish we had oranges and other citrus fruits...that would be fun! We have a quite a few fruits and veggies we can grow and pick though :) Happy weekend!! xo Holly

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We were surprised at the diversity of agriculture when we first came to Florida! But it is one of the reasons we felt at home and settled in there. your pictures are just lovely as always.

Felicia said...

love all your pretty farming images.

Helma said...

Hi Diana,

unfortunately you have are former translator in your blog) so you can drop from your administration in the gadgets. These photos of farmlands and grasslands are really nice to see. Maybe there are not many hills but the ones there are also let you come pretty :-)
A hug

Pauline W said...

Thanks for that informative post. I had an altogether different idea of your state. Really love the photos of the lush grasslands. (And, yes, the nearly ripe watermelons!)

Sam I Am...... said...

At least they grow food a person can eat. In the midwest, where I'm from, all they grow is filed corn and soybeans...I don't eat either one.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photo's, and isn't water melon so good for the summer months!

All the best Jan