Florida has been an agricultural powerhouse as long as there have been people farming there. But the period just before, during and after World War II was especially fertile as various elements of the food supply chain came together in one place: Plant City, home to U.S. winter strawberry production.
The Publix grocery chain was born next door in Lakeland. Southland opened one of the first frozen food processing facilities in the Southeast in Plant City. The strawberry, citrus and vegetable industries boomed.
A new exhibit at the Plant City Photo Archive And History Center displays an amazing collection of photos from that era celebrating Florida ag history.
We were there for the exhibit opening for this segment that originally appeared on our broadcast partner The RFD-TV Network. If you want to see the exhibit, move quick — it closes Nov. 4