Today I had the opportunity to see a new side of Florida, and to witness what a dedicated group of people can do when there’s a need and when they put their minds to it.
The new side for me was Long & Scott Farms near Zellwood. Considering it’s only a few miles from my house and its celebrating its 50th anniversary, it’s kind of embarrassing I hadn’t been here before because it's an interesting place, for sure.
Not only is this a working farm where they grow corn and cucumbers and cabbage on their 1,200 acres, they also have created what I’ve heard is called ‘agri-tainment’; which means they’ve added attractions such as a playground and hayrides and a sprawling corn maze where you can literally get lost for awhile.
Plus, they have a country café as well as a country store filled with environmentally friendly grown produce and fresh cheese and eggs and ciders. Real down home stuff.
I was there today because the occasion marked a re-dedication to the farm’s participation with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to which Long and Scott donates – get ready – four million pounds of surplus food annually. This year it’s expected that number may reach five million pounds to aid the hungry. For that, Long & Scott Farms was presented with the 2013 Feeding Hope award. Well-deserved.
I’m no expert on the topic, but when I saw Rebecca Brislain, the executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks, get teary-eyed as she praised Hank Scott for the efforts of he and his family and the farm employees, you could sense that this is a calling that requires the best from each of them. And so they do it.
If you’re looking for a place to see Florida farmers at work; a place where you can find food that can’t get any fresher; a destination where you and your family can enjoy time together as you wind your way through stands of stalks of corn, head over to Zellwood and visit Long & Scott Farms.
And take some time to learn how you can help Second Harvest.