Parkesdale Farm Market is planning a special celebration to mark the quickly approaching end of the area’s strawberry harvest.
The business at 3702 W. Baker St. – famous for its shortcake – is bringing in three food trucks April 7 so customers can have a meal before they partake of the dessert.
The food trucks will be parked in the market’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Market spokeswoman Ziomara Meeks said she selected the trucks – Rollin' Zoinks, Maggie on the Move and Renny's Oki Doki – because of their varied menus: Zoinks serves a variety of foods, including wraps; Maggie’s offers Mediterranean food and Renny’s serves Japanese.
The market serves shortcake from late December to April, Meeks said. Typically, Parkesdale lets customers know that shortcake season is wrapping up but doesn’t hold a celebration, she added.
The market will likely continue to serve shortcake beyond April 7, but time is quickly running out, Meeks said. "You better make sure you get here before they are done," she said.
Plant City produces nearly all the winter strawberries grown in the United States, in a season that lasts from about Thanksgiving to Easter. Parkesdale’s stops serving shortcake when harvesting ceases on the family's strawberry farms.
The market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
For information, call Parkesdale at (813) 752-0502.