Nestled on a couple of hundred acres south of Quincy in Gadsden County is a unique little working farm.
The Rocky Comfort Farm is now about agritourism where you can learn about the environment, hydroponics and nature’s variety of plants and animals.
Debbie Parramore is the owner of Rocky Comfort Farms, which in its history housed a small dairy processing plant.
She is carrying on her family’s legacy of farming the Parramore land.
Her business now is focused on instilling in today’s generation an understanding and appreciation of our county’s past and the trust and kinship that characterized the lives of her ancestors.
"We live a different lifestyle than our relatives did. Our lives are very busy, and many of us live in urban settings. A visit to Rocky Comfort Farms gives you a chance to enjoy a historic farm being preserved through our agritourism activities,” Parramore said of her decision to create this agritourism business.
There are scenic nature trails through the woods where donkeys, cows and free-roaming peacocks graze.
A few weeks ago while preparing for the spring season, a special mushroom was found on the property.
The Morel mushroom, which appears much like a pine cone standing upright, is believed to be the first of its kind in Florida.
The Midwest is normally where the very desirable mushroom is found and is seldom seen south of North Georgia and Alabama.
Botanists from FSU took the mushroom for study and it is believed the unusual mushroom probably arrived by bird to the farm.
This past week, a group of about 100 Wakulla County elementary students spent the day learning about nature.
Trail guide John Clark took the students on an hour-long nature trail where they learned about the different types of trees and plants of the area.
Assistant director Patricia Hayes gave the students a lecture on the farm’s hydroponic plant system that grows vegetables in water.
Each fall the Farm transforms into a place for kids to enjoy such things as a pumpkin patch, millet maze, wagon rides, hay rides and, of course, a corn bin, as well as a fully stocked gift shop.
You can contact the farm, which is located on Pat Thomas Parkway south of Quincy, at 850-627-3434.