The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Yesterday I visited Ferris Groves in Floral City. This popular grove stand has been a popular stop for tourists and locals to get their citrus and other Florida made goodies for many years.
Built in 1941 by Lawrence Ferris, this fruit stand and packing house has a long history in this quaint little town. “Doc” Ferris declared himself the King of Citrus and lived a colorful life. Now he watches over the grove stand from his eternal resting place at the Hills of Rest cemetery, right across the street.
Before painting I went inside and sampled some of the goodies they had on display. Aside from the obvious fresh citrus they feature fudge, chocolate, many types of preserves, chow chow and relish, orange flavored candies and they even have local fresh beef! But my favorite was the strawberries. Sweet flavorful strawberries, which they make into tarts, shortcake and milkshakes.
After filling up on samples, I set up my painting gear on the far end of their parking lot to paint the bright orange striped tented roof. It’s a landmark that I hope stays around for many more years. These old citrus stands aren’t as plentiful as they used to be, but they sure are still fun to visit.
If you want to know more about Ferris Groves, visit their website: www.ferrisgroves.com