Winter is the perfect time to visit South Florida’s agricultural heartland: Homestead and the Redland, home to farms and groves that provide fruits and vegetables for local markets and beyond. Here, the pace is quieter, the traffic less daunting, and our subtropical treasures are on display.
One way to get acquainted with this part of South Florida is by joining the annual Redland Riot Road Rallye, a daylong tour that touches on many of the best attractions. This year’s rallye takes place Sat., Jan, 19 starting at 10am at Cauley Square (US 1 and SW 224 St.). Gather the family and friends, pay $10 to register and get instructions and cryptic questions to answer, and head out to a series of stops. Bring extra cash to pick up treats along the way – strawberries, shakes, sticky buns are on the route – and finish the day at Schnebly Redland’s Winery for the big finish. The team who answers the most questions correctly gets gift certificates for local goodies and fine wines.
(If you miss the Road Rallye, don’t fret; you can find maps here and plan your own tour.)
Don’t-miss highlights for any trip to the Redland
Burr’s Berry Farm: U-pic berries and shakes, plus jams, preserves, baked goods
Fruit and Spice Park: The only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States, hosting more 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts
Knaus Berry Farm: Famed for sticky buns and pies (they’re closed Sunday). Hint: If you can visit on a weekday, you can avoid long lines.
Redland Market Village Bargain Town: Huge Mexican market that includes local produce, fresh tortillas, taco stands and plants … plus much, much more
Robert Is Here: Longtime produce stand and tropical fruit shake headquarters, on the way to Everglades National Park
Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery: Maker of wines made from avocado, mango, lychee, guava, passion fruit and carambola, and beers using local ingredients