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Bedners Farm and Market

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 23, 2017

Bedner’s Farm was established in 1960 by Arthur Bedner from Pennsylvania. Today the 80-acre property is run by his three sons and grandson.

The store itself is in a sprawling building off Route 441 in Palm Beach County between Boynton Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Ave. Parking is in front or at an overflow lot in the back. From the back, you climb up a small rise toward the main attractions. A narrow water-filled canal borders the fields so you can’t reach them from the rear parking lot. Just across the ditch is a pepper patch growing red and green bell peppers. Divided by tall sugar cane plants that serve as a wind block are more fields growing strawberries and grape tomatoes.

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We decided to go picking first. At an open air stand, you collect however many buckets you want by leaving your credit card. In return, you are assigned a number that you have to remember. Prices are listed on signage.

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From here, we trudged along a packed dirt path to the fields. The sun was warm and the temperature rose to the low eighties. The air had low humidity, making for a pleasant day. Hats shaded our eyes along with sunglasses. I wore a fanny pack where I kept my camera. Row after row of plants stretched before us. One section, the plants flattened and dried, had held cucumbers. Another with tomato plants had been picked clean of ripe, red tomatoes and held only green ones. So my husband headed toward the peppers while I went to pick strawberries.

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I held each stem between forefinger and middle finger and gently yanked. One-by-one, I plopped the berries into my bucket while inhaling the scent of fruit warming in the sun. It was addictive, and I couldn’t stop picking the fruits. My treasure hunt revealed the ripe red berries glistening in the sun and waiting to be snatched. When my bucket was nearly full, I went to find my spouse. He had some delectable pepper specimens in his pail. We headed back up a slight ridge toward the open-air sales booth and turned in our buckets. Our bounty came to just over $18.00. I put my driver’s license back in my wallet and the brown paper shopping bags into the car.

We bypassed the tractor-pulled tram ride and gem mining in a nearby wooden sluice with a water tower at the top. Hungry from our exertions, we strode over to Porky & Beth’s Barbecue truck across the yard from the outdoor ticket booth.

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The aroma of barbecued beef wafted into our noses. I ordered a quarter chicken and Richard got the brisket. Yellow rice accompanied his meal while I chose mac and cheese. We’d both selected cole slaw and also ordered drinks. By the time we took our Styrofoam-encased meals to the thatch-roof covered picnic area, I was salivating. I tore into my meal, hungrier than ever. There’s nothing like outdoor exercise and a barbecue cooked by someone else to stimulate your appetite. Birds stood nearby, twittering while we ate. A welcome breeze cooled our skin while we swatted flies away from our food. Happily full, we tossed our empty trash in the can to proceed in our explorations.

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Facing the fields, we noted a petting zoo and pony rides to our left but resisted a visit to this popular kids’ area, instead heading toward the indoor market. Sheds with empty crates, tools, and tractors dotted the property. As we approached the air-conditioned building, we noted a Sabrett hot dog stand, a lemonade stand, soft pretzels, and homemade ice cream available from various vendors. There was also a lady selling clothing and another selling orchids at five plants for twenty dollars.

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Inside the building, we took a shopping cart and plowed down each narrow aisle. The place had a crowd which made maneuvering difficult. It’s best to get there early. Besides the usual fresh produce, I spied olive oils, vinegars, olives, pickle barrels, granola mixtures, Florida-made honey, soaps, challah rolls, onion rolls, a variety of breads including but not limited to banana and zucchini breads and gluten-free choices. One section held bins with peppers in different colors and shapes. There was pasta and pesto, hot sauces, gourmet tortilla chips, hot peanuts, a coffee machine where you could buy a cup, olive spreads, packaged nuts, salad dressings, fruity sauces, apple butter, pickled peaches, German sauerkraut, and a large selection of wines. It’s easy to fill your shopping cart.

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I’d like to return here in the fall when they have a pumpkin patch and corn fields. Here’s the bounty we brought home this time. Now I have to decide what to do with it all. Eggplant Parmigian with a fresh salad, anyone?

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22 Responses to “Bedners Farm and Market”

  1. Mare F said

    What fun!

  2. When the kids were small we used to take them upstate to go apple picking. Other times we’d shlep them out to Long Island to pick strawberries and then visit one of the many nautical museums.

  3. Nicole Garafolo said

    There are a ton of places like that in my area. A great way to spend the day!

  4. Denise M Austin said

    This brought back so many memories of going blueberry picking with my grandmother. There is nothing that compare to fresh produce.

  5. KarenM said

    Wonderful day Nancy. Wish I could have been there. I have never gone strawberry picking. I love the smell of tomatoes when they are picked.

  6. Margaret Appel said

    The next time I am in Daytona visiting family we will take a road trip there! I wish I had known about them when we lived there but perhaps it did not exist 40 years ago 🙂 Thank you for a fascinating article & sharing!

  7. The bell peppers are wonderful. They’re crispy on the outside and sweet on the inside. Nothing like the mushy ones in the supermarket.

  8. Jess D said

    I wished I lived close to this place!

  9. tarafarah7 said

    So much fun! I remember when my Mom took us to pick strawberries when we were young. We loved it…until we moved and had to pick raspberries from the hundreds of raspberry bushes in our backyard. Each day, she made us pick 3 quarts before we could go play with our friends. Then, one day she thought she would surpise us with another “fun” day of strawberry picking since it was such a great time the previous summer. No!!! We were definitely all picked out! Hehee! Ahhh…those were the days! To think the biggest stress of the day was being late to play to the neighbor’s house to play hide-and-seek or baseball. What I would give now for those “stressful” days again! Thanks so much for sharing! You brought back some great memories! 🙂

    • I like raspberries more than strawberries. They must not grow around here, because I don’t recall any U-pick places for raspberries in South Florida. Sounds like you have some sweet memories of those early days.

  10. crazykat14 said

    The fruits & farm look AWESOME 🙂

  11. […] story. The next day, my husband and I drove north to visit this farmer’s market in Boynton Beach. See my post for a report on this visit. The varied structures and grounds were ideal for my purposes, but I’d […]

  12. Joann said

    My girlfriend lives in FL so I am going to let her know about this place. Sounds like a nice trip to take her grandson to.

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