Last Thursday I boarded one of three buses for the Annual Farm Tour of Santa Rosa County. Santa Rosa County has a total area of 1,173.57 square miles, of which 1,016.93 square miles is land and 156.65 square miles is water.
|Santa Rosa County outlined in pink.|
We visited a Christmas Tree farm, met the Farm Family of the Year and learned about their farm and crops, met with numerous bee keepers, had lunch at the wonder Farmers Opry, visited the demonstration orchard at the Jay Research Center and ended our day at Holland Farms where we were treated to watermelon, canary melon and boiled peanuts. It was a wonderfully informative day the left me with a new appreciation for the farms and farmers and the incredibly hard work they do to maintain their farms, tend their crops and raise their families. North Santa Rosa is so different from the sandy coastal area where I live. The coast offers its unique ecosystem of white beaches, sand soils and emerald waters. But North Santa Rosa has its own verdant beauty. Neat rows of crops growing acre after acre, the smells of rich soil, freshly mown hay and a landscape dotted with farmhouses, silos and livestock define this area of our county.
Here are some of the places and sights we enjoyed on our tour.