The term "Celery Fields" applies generally to an assortment of land in eastern Sarasota County, located just east of I-75 and south of Fruitville Road.
The term can also apply specifically to:
"The [Celery Fields] property was a large wetland until the late 19th and early 20th centuries when it was drained for farmland," says a 2010 Herald-Tribune story1. Farming began on the land, which was originally owned by Bertha Palmer, in the early 1920s, and various crops were attempted, without much success. Beginning in the late 1920s, celery was grown on the site, which proved suitable for the crop because of its low-lying, wet conditions2. The area continued to produce celery until 1995, at which point the last of the celery farms were acquired by Sarasota County in an attempt to prevent flooding in the Philippi Creek basin.
Celery Fields in the News
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