We had actually planned to spend this morning visiting a farm called Rosy Tomorrows in North Ft. Myers, but that did not go so well.
See, you have to have a “membership” to visit, which was $35 a year. We weren’t sure if we wanted to join, having never seen the place, so we called and asked if it was open. “It’s open for our members,” the person on the phone replied. “So, if we buy a membership, it’s open?” my husband asked. “Well, you can think about it,” the person responded. We took this to mean that we could go up and, if we liked it, buy a membership.
We drove 30 minutes north, and when we got there, we were told they “weren’t accepting new members today.” The person in charge somehow couldn’t even grant us a few minutes to talk about becoming a member. It was ridiculous! Obviously, Rosy Tomorrows is not a place we wanted to spend any more time. We were pretty annoyed, having driven all the way out there just to be rudely turned away.
Thankfully, Husband called another farm where we’d recently gone to a farm-to-table dinner, Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers. “Yep, we’re open! Come on over!” was the cheerful reply. And so we did. It is right over in Ft. Myers off of Penzance Road, which is also much closer than the other farm. There’s no fee to go in, and they are open daily from 9-5. Clearly, a much better choice!
Though we’d been there before for the dinner, this was our first time seeing the farm in the daylight. The walk in was lined with community garden beds, and a large open-sided barn had tons of fresh fruits and veggies. They also sold some delicious-looking homemade banana bread and bison jerky from the owner’s brother’s bison farm in Nebraska. The owners were so friendly and welcoming, and they even showed us where their tilapia are raised. We walked around the property, looking at the colorful rows of lettuce and other plants. They also have a petting ground, fishing dock, and playground, and you can sign up for guided tours.
Husband and I purchased some fresh sea scallops and kale that we plan to have for dinner tonight. We also got some farm fresh eggs for the fridge! They even sell smoothies and fish tacos right there under the tent, and if it hadn’t been so cold and windy we’d have stayed to eat there too.
We absolutely loved Southern Fresh Farms, and I’m glad we thought to call over there after the disastrous experience with the other farm. They were so friendly and welcoming, and they had all kinds of fresh foods to choose from. Needless to say, we will be coming back to Southern Fresh Farms many times from now on. If you live in the SW Florida area, this is a must-see!