Located on the outskirts of Marianna, this dairy farm produces not only milk but award winning ice cream. One of the awards received is the prestigious award for best southern ice cream in Garden & Gun magazine. A brick and mortar ice cream shop draws ice cream lovers from all over. It is worth the stop.
Cypress Cattle Farmers Market
Situated on US 331 in Freeport, this roadside market features fresh local-sourced produce from the Langford family-owned Cypress Cattle Company as well as produce from other growers throughout the state and region. Participating in the Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association, Cypress offers the freshest products available in season, including tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, collards, rutabaga, turnips, broccoli, squash, green beans, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, okra, and field peas. They also carry a full line of ranch-raised beef, both grass-and grain-fed, a full line of dairy, cheese, and butter as well as canned goods from Amish Country. For more information, please visit www.cypresscattle.com.
Davis Shade Tobacco Curing Barn & Produce Market
In 1828, Governor William P. Duval introduced Cuban tobacco to the territory of Florida. The following year, Virginia and Cuban tobacco seeds were blended in Quincy and renamed the “Florida Wrapper.” As a result, the culture of shade-grown cigar wrapper tobacco became a dominant factor in the social and economic development of Gadsden County. The Davis Shade Tobacco Barn, located seven miles west of Quincy on SR 65, dates from 1942. Stop by their produce stand next door to see their impromptu “Shade Tobacco Museum” of photos, artifacts, and literature.
Green Gate Olive Grove U-Pick
Located off Highway 231 near Compass Lake, Green Gate Olive Grove was planted in 1999. The olive grove is the first meaningful producer of olives and olive oil from its own trees in Florida. The grove produces table olives and olive oil the old-fashioned way. Many varieties of olives are planted with long vernalization periods, to enable the trees to remain dormant during spring cold snaps. The Green Gate Olive Grove has three fully mature varieties of olives and approximately 400 trees. Harvests have always been a fun time for those who U-Pick. Visit us at www.greengateolivegrove.com.
Hammack Farms Corn Maze
2387 Joe White Road Open in the fall for corn maze fun and fall treats. Hammack Farms is owned and operated by Ryan and Aimee Hammack, who took over the 52-acre planted pine forest and converted the land. Ryan, a third generation farmer, also farms 400 acres of row crops and cattle. 5.3 acres is now a corn maze for everyone to enjoy. The Farm also has a pumpkin patch with a variety of assorted sizes and colors that children can purchase and decorate, a mini hay bale maze, corn box for kids 7 and under, a tractor train for smaller children, hay ride, farm animal zoo, and a playground.
Main Street Market Chipley
Owner Paul Davidson of Davidson Farms was recognized as the Washington County Agriculture Innovator of the Year by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Davidson began his farming operation in 1988 and in 2008 opened the Main Street Market to offer an outlet for his produce as well as that grown by other local farmers. Always stocked with what’s fresh, the market also has an outstanding collection of jams, relishes, and frozen goods, including a broad selection of unusual flavors of ice cream from Southern Craft Creamery, featuring fresh local ingredients. For more information, please visit www.chipleymarket.com.
Red Bay Grocery
8704 SR 81 The Red Bay Grocery has been in operation since 1936 under 28 different owners. It closed in 2008 and left the community without a gathering spot. As a result, folks had to drive 20 miles to get provisions. In 2009 some 50 community partners brought the store back to life and rebuilt it again after a devastating fire in 2011. Operated like a cooperative, the partners grow the produce, cut fresh flowers, bake cookies, cakes, and pies, take care of the carpentry, plumbing, and electrical needs and even handle legal issues. But mainly, over coffee and biscuits, the partners of Red Bay Grocery provide stories and daily updates of the goings on in this small town. The shelves are full of local products like honey, jams, jellies, pickled goods, and sauces. Breakfasts and homemade ice cream are extremely popular. Lunch and dinner are also served on the weekend. For more information, please visit www.redbaygrocery.com.
A small, three-generation dairy and creamery with a storefront, farm, and bottling tours. This is the only dairy in the state that makes its own butter. The Creamery is bringing back the healthy goodness of whole milk and other dairy products. Step back to a time when cows grazed on pasture land to get all of the benefits of fresh air, sunlight, and fresh green grass. Studies show that cows with a primary diet of fresh grass produce milk with five times more unsaturated fat than cows fed processed grains.