After 84 Years, A Well-Known Florida Farm Closed Down. But You Can Still Get Its Farm Favorites

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Although the agricultural landscape is changing in Florida as the citrus industry shrinks, agriculture still brings a significant amount of money to Florida's economy.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in 2020, farm cash receipts equaled just over $7 billion.

Unfortunately, a few of Florida's farms have announced closures this year, such as Montgomery Mushrooms in Zellwood. Another example was in business for over 80 years and was beloved by the community. But it's not exactly gone for good. Let's have a look:

What Was So Special About Mixon's?: A staple in Florida for 80 years, Mixon's farm in Bradenton was known as "Florida's sweetest attraction," according to Fox 35.

The farm was probably best known for its fresh orange-flavored ice cream, but it had a cafe where it served favorites such as Cuban sandwiches and ambrosia made from fresh fruit.

Mixon's also opened up the farm for children to learn about wildlife. The reviews reflect an attraction that was well-loved. Phrases such as "mom and pop," "best Florida orange juice," "reasonably priced" and "homemade wine" came up a time or two.

Why Did Mixon's Close?: Speaking with Bay News 9, Dean Mixon indicated that there were several factors in the farm's closure, including difficulty in keeping a full workforce, rising insurance costs, citrus regulations, and crop loss due to storms.

What Will Happen to The Farm Property?: According to The Observer reporting in the summer of 2023, Manatee County has allegedly expressed some interest in purchasing the property for a park, but it could be a lengthy process.

How Can You Still Enjoy The Farm's Wares?: Those who miss all their favorite foods from the farm (especially the ice cream) needn't worry. The Mixon's have a food truck where they sell the farm's favorite foods.

You can check out the Mixon's Facebook page to see where the food truck is going to be.

Additionally, Mixon Fruit Farms maintains a website where you can purchase fruit, wine, and other treats.

The author is not affiliated with Mixon Farms or any other farm.


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