By Erica Greenfield
With blue skies, abundant sunshine, tropical beaches and almost no humidity, it is no surprise winter is the most popular season in South Florida. While the mild temperatures bring with it a flock of northern snowbirds, it also signals the 45-minute southern migration of Miami locals to the rural Redland area, home of Knaus Berry Farm.
Owned and operated by the Knaus family, this celebrated farm shop has been serving up arguably the finest produce, baked goods and ice cream in the South Florida area for more than 55 years and is only open between the months of November and mid-April. Often mistaken to be Amish (the folks who run this roadside hotspot don bonnets, long beards and simple, cotton attire), the Knaus family is actually Dunker, a sect of German Baptist.
However, the true religion at Knaus Berry Farm is Cinnamon Bun. In fact, their “world famous sticky cinnamon buns” can draw a crowd that rivals the lines at Disney World on a warm summer’s day. This mouth-watering delicacy is served fresh out of the oven and is definitely worth the wait. While patiently standing on line, patrons can be seen enjoying another fan favorite, the milkshake. They say milkshakes bring the boys to the yard, and this certainly holds true at Knaus Berry due to their traditional and fruity flavors (Here’s a tip: try the strawberry!) Other popular bakery items include the herb rolls, pecan rolls, strawberry jam and guava pie. In the right season and availability permitting, Knaus Berry is also a u-pick strawberry and tomato farm, along with other locally grown vegetables.
Thoroughly old-fashioned and traditional, Knaus Berry Farm provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Miami living. If you’re craving a different type of dining experience, Knaus Berry is the place to be. Just remember to bring cash and a hearty appetite!