|Entrance to 710 U-Pick Farm, Okeechobee, Fla.|
|Open-aired shed at 710 U-Pick Farm, Okeechobee, Fla.|
The counter man said, "Well there's already a lot of people going down that road," pointing to a road near the entrance, "So you better go down that road," he said, pointing to another road at the back of the farm. He directed me to turn left at the end of it and go all the way down to a fence. "It'll be the best place to pick," he said, handling me a knife.
|Zucchini fields at 710 U-Pick Farm, Okeechobee, Fla.|
|Vine ripened tomatoes, 710 U Pick It Farm,|
Copyright 2012 by A. G. James
I drove back to the shed, and was pleasantly surprised to find out the zucchini were just $0.69/lb and the tomatoes $0.89/lb.
When I got home, I had another pleasant surprise. The regular sized tomatoes had an incredibly sweet, floral flavor reminding me of my childhood. They were the best tomato I had eaten in years.
710 U-Pick Farm uses organic growing methods and is open most days during daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. The growing season is from November to May. Their address: 25801 Warfield Boulevard (also SR 710), Okeechobee, FL 34974
They grow many types of vegetables but you have to call to find out what's available: 772-597-4510.