Just recently took a nice drive with my family to Long & Scott Farms in Mt. Dora, Florida. It was a really easy drive, and the weather was perfect – warm and breezy. I love seeing all the farm areas. It was nice to get out of the city areas and take the back roads to see the countryside.
The history behind the family owned and operated farm is so interesting. Frank Scott, Jr. and Billy Long grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Billy was a Zellwood “muck farmer” for years and talked Frank into moving to Florida in 1963. Frank D. Scott, Jr., along with his wife Becky and their three children moved to Florida and had the chance to establish Long & Scott Farms on 100 acres of land. Frank expanded Long & Scott Farms to 1,200 acres over the next 30 years, and they produced Zellwood Sweet Corn, pickling cucumbers and both red & green cabbage, along with a variety of other produce. Following the sale of the Apopka muck farms in 1998, Billy Long retired and Frank Scott semi-retired. He still oversees operations at the farm each day, and his son Hank now manages the farm. Rebecca Scott Ryan, who is Frank’s daughter, manages Scott’s Maze Adventures. Hank’s children Sonny and Haley are the 4th generation of the Scott family to work at the location, and they are happy to keep the family business going for close to 50 years now.
Upon arriving, we were so pleased at the nice choices of fresh vegetables and some fruits too. We have never tried their corn, which is what they are known for, and we grabbed a big bag to take home. We also picked up some acorn and butternut squash, plus cucumbers too. Walking inside the store, they offered all kinds of fruit jams – the apple pie jam looked so good! Also, honey, syrups, sauces and more. We picked up the pumpkin butter to go along with all of our vegetables.
We didn’t make it in time to eat lunch at the cafe, but that area looked super cute with a nice selection of items to choose from like Zellwood Sweet Corn Chowder, sandwiches, fresh salads, pasta and homemade desserts. They strive to use as many ingredients from their farm and locally as possible.
You can check their website for hours and days that they are open. Scott’s Country Market began their spring season on April 19, 2016, and is open from 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday. Scott’s Country Cafe, also opened on the same date for the spring season, and they serve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. They will both stay open until the 2nd week of June.
They were excited to tell us all about their corn maze that will open in October. At Scott’s Maze Adventures they offer fun in a 7-acre corn maze, jumping pillow, hayrides, zip lining for kids, picnic areas and more. Sounds like a great time, and we will be planning on checking that out this year! Read more about the fall fun at their website here.
All in all, we had a nice time browsing around. Can’t wait to get cooking! 🙂
See some photos that I took below: