On Florida Roadsides, Family Farms Still Squeezing Out Juice and a Living – NYTimes.com

Posted by Trish Riley, January 4, 2010

“Before Interstate 95, Starbucks and Sbarro, roadside citrus stands like Al’s lined nearly every major thoroughfare in Florida. They made buying local fun before the locavore food movement made it fashionable, but increasingly they are a dying breed.

Hundreds if not thousands of family citrus farms and their roadside stands have disappeared since the 1960s — victims of freezes and disease, highways that diverted customers, corporate consolidation, and the relentless pressure on growers to sell their land to developers. Since 1996, Florida has lost more than 200,000 acres of citrus land, according to state figures, mainly to homes that no longer sell like the oranges they replaced.”

via Indian River Journal – On Florida Roadsides, Family Farms Still Squeezing Out Juice and a Living – NYTimes.com.