Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon rolls draw lines every winter
Knaus Berry Farm is how folks in the southern tip of Florida know cool weather has finally arrived. And in April, the end of the Knaus Berry season means the glorious winter is over.
Knaus Berry farms will open for the winter on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2023.
From late October to mid-April, the line forms for the best fresh cinnamon buns and pecan rolls in Florida – some say the world.
The Knaus family has operated a farm and bakery in the rural Redland area south of Miami for 50 years. The roadside store is only open in winter. (I love the message on their web site: “Lord willing, Knaus Berry Farm is open every November to mid-April.”)
Knaus Berry is the sort of place you don’t expect to find in Florida: Thoroughly Old World and traditional.
The folks who run the farm look Amish, with bonnets, long beards and plain cotton clothes. They’re not Amish, they’re members of the German-origin Church of the Brethren, often called Dunkers because they believe in full-immersion baptism.
The religion practiced by those visiting Knaus Berry, however, could better be described as the Cult of the Cinnamon Roll. (Evidence: A YouTube vido called Mission Cinnamon Roll.)
From the day it opens, Knaus Berry draws long lines at peak times. Don’t be discouraged: The line moves fast. (If the line goes out to the road and starts to parallel the road, that’s about an hour wait.)
On a recent January visit, however, we stopped at Knaus Berry at 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon and there was NO LINE!
While the cinnamon rolls ($1.95 cents each) are famous, other products have avid fans. The pecan rolls ($18.90 for a tray of 10) are heavenly. Many (count me) swear by the herb dinner rolls ($6.50 a dozen).
There’s guava pie ($12.60) for a tropical treat. You can special order authentic shoo-fly pie ($12.60) or try a variety of cakes and cheesecakes. Another whole fan base goes for ice creams and milkshakes, especially those made with fresh strawberries grown on the property.
Knaus Berry is even experimenting with it’s star item: A recent addition to the menu is bacon cinnamon rolls.
U-pick strawberries and vegetables
In the right season, Knaus Berry is one of the few u-pick strawberry farms left in South Florida. It also offers u-pick tomatoes, and variety of other locally grown vegetables. (The season depends on the weather — strawberry-picking season usually started in late December and are picked through early April. Check the Knaus Facebook page for updates.)
Visiting Knaus Berry Farm
- There are nearly 1000+ reviews on Yelp and the only thing folks disagree about is whether Knaus Berry is a four or five stars.
- Bring actual money: Knaus Berry Farm accepts cash only.
- There are separate lines for the bakery, produce and for milkshakes/ice cream items.
- Warning: Knaus Berry is closed on Sundays, so Saturdays are always very busy.
- Knaus Berry is closed for six months of the year, November to April
- Knaus Berry Farm site with menu and price list.
- Address and directions: 15980 Southwest 248th St., Homestead, 33031. 305-247-0668. Visiting from Florida’s Turnpike: Take exit 12 for Caribbean Boulevard toward Southwest 200 Street. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-1. Turn right onto Caribbean Boulevard. Almost immediately turn left onto US-1 South/South Dixie Highway. Travel 4 miles. Turn right onto Southwest 248th Street/Coconut Palm Drive. Go west 6.3 miles to 80 Southwest 248th Street, Homestead.
Make a day of it exploring the Redland
The Redland is an agriculture enclave between Miami and Everglades National Park. It is a whole other world than the urban South Florida only minutes away.
The hard part: Deciding where to have your milk shake, because there are several great places that specialize in high quality fresh fruit milkshakes. Knaus Barry Farm, of course, is famous for its strawberry shakes. A local competitor is Robert Is Here fruit stand and petting zoo. (One way to decide: If it’s a Sunday, there’s no stopping at Knaus Berry Farm but the others are open.)
Other great stops in the Redland area
- Visitor’s guide to Everglades National Park.
- Biscayne National Park in Homestead is worth visiting, too. Here’s a Florida Ramblers guide with visitor tips.
- Robert is Here, the funky fruit stand near the Homestead entrance of Everglades National Park.
- There’s a unique park in Homestead that showcases trees and other plants that produce edible fruits and nuts — and you can taste them too. Here’s a Florida Rambler story on Fruit and Spice Park.
- R.F. Orchids in Homestead is a must for orchid lovers.
- One of the strangest places in South Florida is Coral Castle. Here from Florida Rambler are 15 things to amaze you at this mysterious ‘work of art’ in Homestead.
- Lodging: There is camping in Everglades National Park and ecotents at Flamingo, which don’t require camping gear. Here’s our story: Eco-tents in Flamingo: Glamping in Everglades National Park. I hear good things about the inexpensive Hoosville Hostel.
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The author, Bonnie Gross, travels with her husband David Blasco, discovering off-the-beaten path places to hike, kayak, bike, swim and explore. Florida Rambler was founded in 2010 by Bonnie and fellow journalist Bob Rountree, two long-time Florida residents who have spent decades exploring the Florida outdoors. Their articles have been published in the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, The Guardian and Visit Florida.