It doesn’t necessarily take a village to raise a strawberry, but it takes a family like Knaus to raise strawberries worth going out of your way for. Fortunately, you won’t have to go far, as Knaus Berry Farm is located in Homestead, a short drive from Miami Beach, and offers more than just Florida’s freshest strawberries. You’ll enjoy the clean country air and warm, southern hospitality that reminds you that you’ve left the city behind. The little ones will be pressed against the car windows as you chauffeur them through the aptly named Redlands, some of Miami’s most unfettered rural roads. You’ll know you’ve reached your destination when you see the neat rows of green-topped strawberry plants. If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, you can take strawberries from the farm stand. But if it’s a nice day and you’ve got the time, give your kids a lesson on where food comes from by letting them pick their own.
They’ll squeal with delight when they get to play farmer, and beam with pride as they taste the literal fruits of their labor. There’s tomatoes in season, too, but by now your rug rats may be clamoring for bigger treats. The cinnamon rolls, milkshakes, and ice cream here are famous for setting off cravings all across Florida. You’ll feel a thrill as you watch your children dig into pure homemade delight. Don’t come if you’re in a rush. On weekends, the line can rival that of a South Beach nightclub. But unlike a night at a club, you won’t feel empty after leaving here. In fact, you may find your kids eager for another try at berry harvesting–and a few more cinnamon rolls. For that you can be thankful: the Knaus family ships.