We then visited O’Brien Family Farms, a diversified company that engages in both the retail and wholesale agricultural operations that has been in the agriculture business since 1946. They grow yellow
Our next stop, during our argitourism tour, was Dakin Dairy Farm. As a multigenerational Florida dairy farming family, the Dakins produce superior quality, wholesome, farm fresh dairy products from healthy cows using environmentally sustainable practices and state-of-the- art methods. They also offer farm tours that provide a unique experience and memories that will last a lifetime. Visitors learn "Where Milk Comes From," get to watch milk travel from the cow to the bottle, and taste fresh Dakin milk. Kids love the hay ride, corn maze, petting zoo area, picnic/playground, fossil dig and pig races the Dakins have on site.
After our morning spent on the farm, it was time for lunch to savor some of the agricultural products we had seen. The Forks & Corks University Wine Luncheon took place at Michael’s on East where four courses were designed and prepared by local, independently-owned restaurants and paired with wine from around the world. Our palette was tantalized by the Root Beer Braised Short Ribs served over Cheesy Stone Ground Grits presented by Crow’s Nest, the Seared Scallop with Chipotle Slaw finished with Grilled Pineapple Relish presented by Bijou Cafe, the Mini Crab Fritter and Cactus Salad with Queso Blanco presented by Savory Street and Tres Leches presented by Ceviche as the Grand Finale!
Following lunch, we attended the afternoon educational session sampling and learning about the "BIG Reds” from the most popular growing regions of the globe for the “Big, Red & Beautiful” panel discussion and tasting.
After a lot of wine, Amber, Megan and I wanted to visit Siesta Key Beach. Famous for its white sandy beaches, clear warm waters and authentic beach town feel, the 8-mile, barrier island of Siesta Key attracts visitors as a favorite place for barefoot sunsets. We just had to put our toes in the sand of what Dr. Beach named the #1 Best Beach for 2011.