Knaus Berry Farm Opens for the Season
It was seven o’clock on a Saturday morning. Locals waited in anticipation. It had been six months since they last indulged. They formed lines out into the streets, and waited hours upon hours…for a box of cinnamon rolls.
Since opening its doors nearly sixty years ago, Knaus Berry Farm has enticed locals with fresh produce, milkshakes, and baked goods.
“What attracted me to Knaus Berry Farm was the publicity,” explained customer Percy Nunez. “Friends always said they had come here, it’s amazing, and I saw on the website it’s pretty popular. So I thought, why not? Let me try it out.”
But why, exactly, is a small farm on the side of a country road so popular?
“It’s really good,” proclaimed customer Kira Montalvo. “I like shakes, and their food is great!”
“I was told by someone,” recalled customer Natori Shaw. “They said that the milkshakes were good and the cinnamon rolls were off the chain.”
One can clearly note the farm’s popularity. Swarms of locals travel to Knaus Berry Farm for some fresh honey and other treats. As the hot day dragged on, customers resiliently refused to budge from their spots in line.
“It’s a long wait,” Nunez lamented. “But we’ll see. I think we may wait it out for a little bit.”
But for many, it’s about more than just shakes and cinnamon rolls. Family operated since 1956, Knaus Berry Farm serves as a beacon of old-school values and tradition.
“I choose to come here because it’s traditional,” Montalvo explained. “You come here, you get good food, you have fun. You get good memories.”
“I used to live here,” frequent customer Steven Aarons nostalgically recounted, after driving 180 miles for the opening weekend of the Knaus Berry Farm season. “I used to go to school right across the street, and we used to come here every day after school. It’s just another place to stop and kind of hang out, and enjoy something I did back when I was young.”
Over the years, the farm has become a community institution. The experience may be all about the food, or it may be about something more. But whatever the appeal may be, Knaus Berry Farm has earned a special place in the hearts of its customers.