Parkesdale Market in Plant City, Florida

Plant City, Florida residents don’t have white Christmases or snow days, but they do have something that makes winter magical. They are the winter strawberry capital of the world! They’re so proud, the town water tower is even one giant strawberry.

Want to find yourself a ripe juicy berry? Founded in 1956, the family operated Parkesdale Farm Market [3702 W Baker St, Plant City, FL 33563] harvests 3 million pounds of strawberries every year.

If you visit the between January and April you are in for a major treat, the best strawberry shortcake in the world is available! You’ll believe it’s true once you see the line of people wrapped around the building waiting for a bowl. There is entertainment, fruit getting worked and cleaned through machinery.

When you get up to order you can smell the fresh berries, the reddest I’ve ever seen, waiting for you in vats.

So order the shortcake and get the strawberry milkshake too!

It is also a beloved fan favorite. Pictures were barely snapped before devouring the delicious duo. Be sure to check out the adjacent market which has fresh produce and other products, like strawberry cookies and jam.

You can become strawberry royalty!

Maybe you’ll even learn something!

Whether you just want a bowl of berries and whipped cream or a fresh box to take a home – nothing is sweeter than celebrating strawberries in winter.

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