Look, I know it’s been two months since my last post and you’re probably wondering where I went and what the heck happened. I’ll get to that, I promise. That’s not what this post is about, though.
This post is about dessert. Sort of.
Last weekend, Amelie and I took a drive down to Homestead, Florida, into the Redlands Agricultural District. For those who’ve never been to South Florida, Homestead is one of the southernmost cities in the state, just north of where the Florida Turnpike and US-1 meet. Redlands is about 20 miles south-west of downtown Miami. If you keep going south from there, you pretty much wind up in either the Florida Keys or the Everglades.
Inside of Redlands is a place called Knaus Berry Farm. They’re a seasonal bakery that has been run by the Knaus family since 1956. They also have you-pick-em strawberry and tomato fields, depending on availability. Amelie has been raving to me about this place for more than a year, but we missed their open season last year and I had to put a reminder on my calendar to check in when they opened again in November.
Knaus Berry Farm has a dedicated following, and the line on a weekend to get to the bakery counter is often 45 minutes to an hour. This wasn’t even all that busy, from what I understand.
The bakery counter has various fresh basked goods, which I’ll get to. If I had more stomachs, I would have wanted to try one of everything.
The bakery counter is a cash-only operation, so the line actually moves reasonably quickly.
There are separate lines for produce and for milkshakes. The produce counter only had one person step up while we were inside. The produce looked amazing, but we were there for the baked goods.
This is what we went out for: the cinnamon buns. Fresh out of the oven, they were so, so good. They’re also dense! Just one of these is actually crazy filling. Once we made it to the bakery line, we just sat in the grass, in a patch of shade near the main building to eat one of these each.
Since I had a family thing the next day, I also took one of their Black-Bottom Cakes. I’d never had this type of cake before, and it was damn tasty. I know it may be blasphemy for me to say this, but I liked this cake more than chocolate chip cookies.
If you want to visit Knaus Berry Farm, I will offer some quick tips:
- Use the bathroom before you go. There’s no restroom on site. We were in line already, and had to duck out to go three miles away to a fast food restaurant on US-1. Then we started the line over.
- Bring cash. They don’t accept plastic here, and you’re gonna want to get more than one thing. The prices are reasonable, but you don’t want to go all the way there and not be able to buy these delicious baked goods!
- Check the weather, and bring sunblock. The line for the bakery is not covered. The only time you’re really indoors here is at the bakery and produce counters- the rest is basically outdoors. Standing in the South Florida sun for even forty minutes will give most people a bit of a burn. I’ve lived here almost all of my life, and I wore the same hat I wore to the Great Pyramid, and even I got a little pink in places.
- Come hungry. Seriously, if you eat a big meal before you drive out, then you’re missing out on the joy that is these gooey wonderful cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven.
Knaus Berry Farm is open November through mid-April each year, at this location: 15980 SW 248 Street
Homestead, FL 33031
You can see more reviews and photos here.
Have you ever been to Knaus Berry Farm?