There is something uniquely Central Florida about enjoying a meal among the corn fields in the fall.
After a short drive on country roads in rural Mount Dora, Long & Scott Farms provides an open-air cafe to enjoy both breakfast and lunch. The limited menu features weekly specials, as well as staples like breakfast sandwiches and biscuits & gravy. Managed by the owners of the Magnolia Cafe in Eustis, this small, outdoor eatery with a walk-up counter is filled with rustic farm decor highlighted by red checkered tablecloths, tractor seats and pumpkin centerpieces. The lunch menu has options from burgers to old fashioned milkhakes.
For more than 50 years Long & Scott Farms has provided seasonal farm to table produce available to the public. The vegetables range from sweet corn, spaghetti squash and potatoes to onions, cucumbers, green tomatoes and more.
In the last 15 years, the farm added a small market reminiscent of an old-fashioned general store. Vintage farm tools hang in the rafters and the wooden shelves are filled with hard to find jams, grilling sauces and marinades, as well as seasonal items like pumpkin butter, pumpkin spice syrup and apple pie jam. In keeping with the old-fashioned theme, nostalgic candies such as Bit O' Honey and Sugar Babies are nestled next to Moon Pies and Pop Rocks.
Visitors going on weekends should plan to go early before the crowds attracted by the annual corn maze arrive. The farm is located at 26216 CR 448A (5.5 miles southwest of downtown Mount DOra). Regular hours for the cafe and market are Tuesdays-Saturdays 8am-2pm and Sundays 1-5.
By Sharon G. Nichols
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