East of Tampa you will find the town of Plant City. The area surrounding Plant City is filled with farms growing produce. This time of year it is Strawberries. If you find yourself in this area anytime between January and March you need to stop in at Parkesdale. If you don't know where it is, just ask anyone you see over the age of 50, they will know.
We were first introduced to Parkesdale by my older sister Diane and her husband, who goes by the name Bud. They spent many winters here in central Florida, and took us for our first visit several years ago. On a busy day like today the line snakes around the building and outside.
You'd think you were at Disney World waiting to get on a ride. So what are all these people in line for? Strawberries.
Strawberry shortcake, with or without ice cream, with or without whipped topping, bowls of strawberries, strawberry sundaes, and of course strawberry milk shakes. That's what you go to Parkesdale for.
Parkesdale also has a wonderful produce market, and we did come home with some onions, zucchini, jalapeno peppers, cabbage, and of course half a flat of strawberries.
But come on, we really went to Parkesdale for the STRAWBERRIES!!