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A full morning or afternoon of activities can be arranged for the whole family at 31 Produce & Mining Company.

In addition to picking your own produce or stocking up on necessary items from the market, families can also search for gems or fossils, eat at the Cracker Shack Café or visit the petting zoo.

The cafe, which offers indoor and alfresco dining, offers southern specialties.

“Myself and another waitress decided to offer lunch. . . pulled pork and chicken. . . and now we offer breakfast and dinner,” Paige Greenwell, director of 31 Produce & Mining Co., said.

Breakfast and lunch are served from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Everything is on a first come, first served basis.

“We make all our own sauces, sides. We cut our own steaks. Almost everything is homemade, she says. “We are one of the only places where we work from farm to table. Everything we grow, we cook. We use everything we can off the fields.

Breakfast includes items such as Breakfast Skillet, Chicken and Waffles, Mike’s Cookies and Sausage Gravy, Cowboy Breakfast, and Cracker Shack Special. There’s also a kids’ breakfast that serves scrambled eggs, a pancake, and a side of bacon or a sausage patty.

“We make our own cookies and sauces. This is the owner’s special recipe and it is always popular. Greenwell spoke about his stepfather, Mike Greenwell, a former Boston Red Sox left fielder and local sports legend.

For lunch, some of the popular dishes include Philly cheesesteak, Cuban and 31 Club. Other items include burgers, wraps, and a variety of sandwiches, such as a fried catfish sandwich and tender chicken basket.

The dinner menu includes the Special Prime Rib, Rib Eye, Wild Salmon, Seasoned Baked Chicken, Filet Mignon, Fresh Catfish, Seasoned Pork Chops, and a Black and Blue Burger.

“Rib of beef is one of the most popular dishes with catfish. We sell a lot of catfish,” which is local, she said.

31 Produce also offers an assortment of sweets in its bakery, which includes pies, breads, rolls, cookies and fudge.

Besides grabbing a bite to eat, visitors to the farm can also visit the petting zoo and feed the animals. The zoo includes mini donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, African tortoises and pigs. Guinea pigs and rabbits are all rescues.

Greenwell said individuals can also go for gems while visiting the farm where they can purchase a sandbag containing hidden treasures such as gemstones, fossils and shark teeth. The water wash area is popular for kids looking to find figurative gold.

“We also organize excursions and birthday parties. We do just about everything.” she says.

Greenwell said she enjoys working on the farm because of its great employees and customers.

“We don’t deal with a lot of angry people. Most people are happy to be on the farm and to be here. We educate people,” she says of the children who visit the farm on field trips. “They don’t know it’s coming from the ground.”

“Last week we had 70 (kids) every day except Monday,” said employee Heather Young, who often does the field visits. “It’s so rewarding.”

For more information, visit, call 239-313-8213, or email [email protected] The farm is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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