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Strawberry picking, rides and food!

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This weekend we ventured out to Clermont (only about 15 minutes from Central Florida's major tourist attractions) for some fresh strawberry picking at Southern Hill Farms. We'd heard about this experience from friends but despite being Orlando natives, had not had the chance to go out before. Keep in mind, that strawberries are not available year-round in Florida, and Southern Hill Farms rotates their pickable crops throughout the year to match the season. 

Given the fact that we missed the Florida Strawberry Festival in 2020 due to COVID, this was a nice multi-hour diversion where we could experience something unique and indulge in some delicious Florida strawberries! I was also surprised to find that Southern Hill Farms has a few rides and attractions for the younger guests and a few food and beverage venues for those looking to stay for a little longer!

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Southern Hill Farms is a very open property, so social distancing is a little easier to do.

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In case you were wondering what kind of equipment goes into moving large quantities of crops here on the farm.

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While we didn't participate during this visit, Sunflower Picking was another activity available for guests at Southern Hill Farms.

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When ready, you pick up a box and wander out on the giant strawberry fields to begin picking. The basic rules are, don't eat any that you pick until you've checked out and don't put anything back down that you've picked, so pick wisely. It is strongly recommended that only the most red strawberries are picked, with the advisement that in a week, those not yet ready will be ripened and primed for the next pick. 

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You get a sense of just how many strawberries each bush can produce... 

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You start off with a few picks but before you know it, your box starts to fill up!

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It is strongly recommended that you plan to get to Southern Hill Farms just at (if not right before) opening. There are a limited number of strawberries available to pick and there aren't spares somewhere else for those that missed out. We arrived 10 minutes after opening and an hour later, the farm's social media accounts announced that the day's crop had already been entirely picked. 

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Walking back towards the main pavilions, my attention was caught by these bounce pads because, outside of videos from Toverland, I hadn't seen these kind of offerings anywhere, especially not in Florida...

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Sadly they are meant for guests that are shorter than I... 

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There are a few other offerings for the younger guests to enjoy while at the farm.

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They have rides, so it fits on Theme Park Review. 😉

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They have a tractor ride too!

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It was cool to see a food truck on site offering a few unique bites.

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Under the pavilion are a series of food and beverage venues... The Beer Shed is aptly named.

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I'm a sucker for a good baked treat... Especially one using fresh-from-the-farm ingredients!

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There was no scenario in which I didn't walk out with these when I found out that they had fresh Strawberry Bread Pudding (left) and Blueberry Cobbler (right). Both were delicious!

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Another stand offered fresh donuts that appeared to be quite popular!

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Live entertainment was a nice touch on this cool January morning. 

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Just in case you need anything in a jar...

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They've got you covered. 

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This weekend we ventured out to Clermont (only about 15 minutes from Central Florida's major tourist attractions) for some fresh strawberry picking at Southern Hill Farms. We'd heard about this experi

This looks pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing.  And yes, I believe that is the first "bouncey cushion" I have seen in the US! It's the smaller kids version, but still a step in the right direction!

Strawberry bread pudding, eh?  

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This looks pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing.  And yes, I believe that is the first "bouncey cushion" I have seen in the US! It's the smaller kids version, but still a step in the right direction!

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$1 a donut is an alright price with me! Are the EXPRESS LINE donuts pre-packaged, etc? Just curious of me. 🍩

(And those jars of pickles look mighty good to me, too!)

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On 2/1/2021 at 1:33 PM, SharkTums said:

This looks pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing.  And yes, I believe that is the first "bouncey cushion" I have seen in the US! It's the smaller kids version, but still a step in the right direction!

But could it really get as good as this....in the U.S?

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And where oh where are the children, here? 😛 TPR 2014 Scandi Tour. Farup Sommerland.

And speaking of other places...

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One big happy kid. Hansa Park. TPR 2014 Scandi Tour (w/A Bit of Germany).

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Thanks for the report! I love strawberries. But...

On 2/1/2021 at 1:01 PM, jedimaster1227 said:

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Lame. Just because I almost killed KidTums on one (okay, two) of these in Europe doesn't mean adults shouldn't be allowed to play!

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Are the EXPRESS LINE donuts pre-packaged, etc?

Nope! Pulled fresh and put in an open-top box to enjoy!

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Have you ever visited Showcase of Citrus in Clermont?  Also a quirky, fun place to spend a couple of hours.

Haven't been yet but it is definitely on the list! 

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