No matter the season, if someone mentions ‘Florida’ typically the first things that come to mind are palm trees, beaches and sunshine. Generally speaking, pumpkins, peanuts and sunflowers aren’t on the tip of anyone’s tongue at a reference of the sunshine state.
If you’re from the Gulf Coast though, more specifically, Pensacola you might think of Holland Farms when the season switches from summer to fall. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to visit Holland Farms this season. And, even better luck, their Facebook Page just announced that their sunflowers have began blooming. Hello fall photo shoot!
Holland Farms is a family owned and operated peanut, produce, and row crop farm located in Santa Rosa County, Florida. What makes Holland Farms unique is that they grow and sell directly from the farm to the public, ensuring that you get the freshest produce possible. Even better, when you visit the farm immediately earned the right to a free cup of boiled peanuts that are best enjoyed in a rocking chair.
Holland Farms is owned by Bruce Holland. Bruce began farming while in high school during the early 1970’s. In the year 1985 he and his wife , Diane decided to diversify their farm by growing, harvesting, and selling produce and green peanuts. Since then, they have created a flourishing family-owned and operated business. The majority of Holland Farms produce is grown on the land that has been in the Holland family for over 100 years! The family legacy continues in Bruce and Diane’s two children- Julie and B.J. and four grandchildren.
This time of year the Farm is really all about the pumpkin patch and the sunflower fields. From September 23rd to November 4th Holland Farms has their annual fall festivities otherwise known as their “pumpkin patch and corn maze” season. Along with the pumpkin patch and corn maze find mega slides, ziplines, hayrides, train rides, sunflower & zinnia fields (my favorite) multiple photo props, and several different species of animals.