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If you are staying in the Bradenton area then you might want to make time to visit Hunsader Farm.
It all started in 1967 when the Hunsander brothers left their home in Wisconsin to seek out sunnier climes. They had run a dairy farm in their native state but here in Florida they started with 80 acres of tomatoes. It is to their credit that they cleared every single one of those 80 acres by hand. that is enjoyed by locals and visitors both.
The farm in now in the hands of their sons who over the last 16 years have turned this farm into a fine tourist attraction.
First to arrive was the petting farm which was a big hit with the younger visitors. Often small children will be happier with a petting farm than a rather more intimidating zoo Four years later along came a childrens playground and a pic nic area. Next in 1997 they opened the doors to the feed and mercantile barn and in 2002 a craft and antique barn was inaugurated.
The feed and mercantile barn contains all the hardware and feeds needed for a farm back in the day. This really is a step back in time.
The craft and antique center is called The Farmers Wife and is full of quirky country craft items and a few well chosen antique items. Also look here for some different Christmas decorations that wil be an annual reminder of your visit here.
If you are visiting late in october, then you are in luck. Both last weekends in october see their Pumpkin Festival. 150 crafts vendors attend and there is a variety of country demonstarations, hay rides, civil war re enactment, live music and clogging displays. Oh, and you can buy a pumpkin!
If you are hungry you can choose from roasted sweetcorn, pumpkin pie and home made ice cream. Wash all this down with apple cider and you will go back happy.
Before you take your leave visit the produce market. They guarantee that they pick all the vegetables fresh every day. In the appropriate season you can even pick your own. From black eyed peas to purple hulls to zipper peas there is something for every taste.
You may also get tempted by home made jam or delicious honey. This could be a good gift to take home to your nearest and dearest.
Hustanto Farm is open all year and is situated on Country Road 675.
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