There's nothing quite like taking your best furry friend with you on adventures; unfortunately, not everywhere is going to let them in. That's no longer the case at Hunsader Farms, who have decided to join the ranks among other dog-friendly businesses in Florida.
In an Instagram post made by Hunsader Farms 2 days ago, they announce that furry companions would officially be welcome in their seemingly endless fields of wildflowers — the only caveats being that your dog be friendly towards other dogs and people, kept on a leash at all times, and that you come fully prepared to pick up after them.
However, there are some areas that Hunsader says your 4-legged friend can't explore.
"Please note: dogs are not allowed in any u-pick crop fields (or the petting zoo). The only u-pick fields where dogs are allowed are in the flower fields." the equivalent Facebook announcement reads, in part.
Their wildflower fields are open now until the end of May or the beginning of June, availability depending. They do close up on Mother's Day though, so it's best to keep that in mind when thinking about your trip.
Planning to pick wildflowers with your pup? Make sure you remember to purchase a foam cup! This is required to be able to pick your blooms.
If the $8 foam cup isn't quite big enough for the bountiful bouquet you were hoping to take home, Hunsader also has $12 souvenir cups and glass vases that offer a little more room and style.
Pro U-pick tip: don't forget to bring your garden shears! It will make snipping stems so much easier. And a camera will make capturing your memories just as easy.
If you're planning to check out everything the farm has to offer, it might be best to leave Fido at home. Alongside the wildflower, zinnia and sunflower fields, Hunsader's u-pick produce fields are ripe with bell peppers, jalapeños, okra, and green beans for $1.09/lb. or $12 for a half bushel.
Tomatoes can also be picked at 99 cents per lb. or $5 for a half bushel. Since sunflowers are priced at $1 per cut, you won't have to purchase a cup if that's all you're planning to pick.
An on-site farmer's market sells a wide variety of produce priced by the pound or per bag too. Offerings include zucchini, yellow squash, patty pan squash, tomatoes, bi-color sweet corn, collard greens, blueberries, and cantaloupe.
Hunsader also has an 'Eat Shack', slinging eats from Hunts Brothers Pizza and Pork Plates, a petting zoo and playground for kiddos, as well as a tiny house village that the county wanted to build a road through. To learn more about the petition to save their tiny town, click here.
Address: 5500 Co Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Article by Rachael Volpe