Left or right? Deep within tall rustling cornstalks of the maze at Sweetfields Farm, it’s tricky to tell which way is toward nearby voices and which leads to yet another dead end. Will you ever get out? Find more fun in the October sunshine with hayrides, pumpkin patches and festivals as Adventure Coast area farms open for the fall harvest season.
After a steamy summer, it’s time to venture outdoors with festivities like the Cardboard Boat Race, Taste of the Fields, Hernando Untapped Craft Beer & Wine Festival and more.
Temperate climate, fertile land and abundant water are an enticing mix not just for people and wildlife but for crops and livestock too.
Few places are the turf and surf-loving lifestyle more evident than here in Nature’s Place to Play. From fresh caught from the sea to fresh picked from the fields, country living is celebrated. Farm tours and events welcome visitors to agricultural adventures.
In addition to working farms and ranches, the lush landscape invites agricultural diversity with alpaca, rabbit, olive and citrus operations open for visits. View exhibits, demos, performances and more celebrating “Life from the Land and Sea” at the Florida Agriculture & Wildlife Expo in January.
Download our U-Pick and Farm Tours Map to plan your visit.
Harvests are unmistakable in local markets and eateries. Leading restaurant owners are committed to including locally sourced produce whenever possible. And hooked-that-day choices are often featured on menus of coastal dining establishments.
Local beekeepers sell native honey varieties like Green Swamp, Orange Blossom and Palmetto. Ever tried a honey tasting? Drop by the Hernando County Farmer’s Market every Saturday and sample them all to pick your favorite.
October is time for a competition among local chefs at the annual Taste of the Fields event. Mouthwatering appetizers, salad, bread, entrees and dessert will feature local ingredients. Beverages will be crafted by local beer, wine and whiskey makers.
Those and other artisanal beer and spirits enterprises will delight attendees the at the annual Hernando Untapped: Craft Beer and Wine Festival. Savor amazing food truck fare while sampling adult beverage artistry from regional crafters.
1.) Master miles of Adventure Coast mazes on weekends. Give both Sweetfields Farm and Harvest Moon Farm a try. Don’t worry about finding your way out; there are helpful signs, hints and staff available to lend a hand.
2.) October 15th marks the start of recreational stone crab season in state waters. Because stone crabs are released to regrow their claw, this Florida delicacy is a true renewable resource.
3.) As Halloween draws near, don’t miss visiting a haunted house in a real haunted house! The 163 year old May-Stringer House at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville embraces its Victorian spookiness every Halloween with storytelling, tours and more.