Loving Being Near Havana, Florida

Town of Havana welcome signThe allure of small-town life has truly captivated us as we settled just outside the charming town of Havana, FL. Here, we’ve discovered a warm and welcoming community with plenty of friendly faces and a wealth of activities to enjoy. This idyllic setting played a pivotal role in our decision to establish TnF Farms. We’d like to share the story of why we chose this unique location for our homesteading venture.

Havana, FL, with its picturesque streets and close-knit community, embodies the essence of small-town living. The genuine smiles and warm greetings from our neighbors have made us feel right at home. The sense of belonging and the camaraderie of the townsfolk have been a source of inspiration and encouragement as we embarked on our farming journey.

One of the key reasons we chose the Florida panhandle for TnF Farms was the abundance of natural beauty and resources. The lush landscapes and fertile soil in this area provide an ideal environment for sustainable farming. Our farm benefits from the rich agricultural heritage of the region. This allows us to grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and nut trees, and raise healthy, contented livestock.

Havana Florida is more like where we grew up

The slower pace of life in Havana over Jacksonville, Florida has also allowed us to reconnect with nature and appreciate the simple pleasures of our beginnings in the Midwest. The peaceful surroundings and the serenity of the countryside have been a balm for our souls, offering respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Moreover, Havana’s downtown activities has added to the appeal. We find solace in the tranquility of our farm. Yet we’re just a short drive away from the more than weekly downtown events, local markets, and outdoor adventures. This balance between rural tranquility and urban accessibility is a treasure that we hold dear.

Our decision to establish TnF Farms just outside of Havana, FL, was driven by the allure of small-town life. The sense of community, the abundance of natural resources, and the opportunity to embrace a simpler, more sustainable way of living. It’s a place where our farming dreams have taken root! We’re excited to share the journey with this wonderful community.

The Story of Mr. Peacock

A peacock has showed up near TnF Farms. He’s never far. We’ve seen on social media people are taking pictures and posting if somebody lost a peacock. Appearently he has been named Mr. Peacock and he’s from Georgia. We decided to have a little fun and make up his backstory.

Mother Nature’s Mood Swings

Well, well, well, dear readers, it seems Mother Nature has again decided to turn our lives into a weather rollercoaster. Buckle up, because this cold snap and incessant rain have become the latest additions to her repertoire of mood swings. Who knew Mother Nature had a sense of humor? Or is this just her way of telling us to invest in a lifetime supply of waterproof everything here in Florida?

Tomahawk Steak from Porterhouse

Faith had other evening plans. It’s been a long week and the year is about to wrap up. I think I deserve a little something special for dinner. Porterhouse Meat Market had some great choices in their fresh cuts. My job has taken me all over the country and the world. I’ve eaten some amazing steaks, but I’ve never had a Tomahawk steak in my entire life. Tonight is going to be the night I prepare one and eat it.

Porterhouse Meat Market

Walking into a small-town business like Porterhouse is always an experience. The door’s entrance bell dings when we walk in. A moment later, Fawzi stepped out from the back and with a sincere smile greeted us like friends. You just don’t get that in some random grocery store or even the specialty stores in bigger cities. We catch up from the last visit and make small talk for a while. Eventually, I made my way to the back of the store to check out his fresh cuts.

You need one of everything

Then the farm bug bit my wife and really sunk its teeth in. One of our neighbors really inspired her to farm way more than I ever imagined. All that existing farm stuff now needed to be repaired and modified to work with the new plan. Then we were off and going. Almost daily trips to Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowes, not to mention all the things being bought on Amazon. My dad and his brothers grew up on a farm. When one of my uncles came to visit and see our progress, he chuckled and said “You’re new farmers. You’re going to need one of everything.”

Non-GMO Free-Range Eggs

TnF Farms is located just outside the idyllic town of Havana, Florida. Local residents and visitors are embracing a healthier and more sustainable way of life by seeking out non-GMO, free-range farm-fresh eggs. In this post, we’ll explore the quest for these premium eggs, highlighting the benefits of non-GMO and free-range practices, and where you can find these exceptional gems in Havana.

TnF Farms Jambalaya

I have had jambalaya a number of times since moving to the south. I think it’s pretty good. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making some of my own. Porterhouse Meat Market has been featuring alligator crab boil bratwurst. In my experiments to really get this jambalaya dish to pop, I’ve had to visit Porterhouse a few times as my previous attempts have not measured up. Fawzi, the owner of Porterhouse has been kind enough to set a few packages of the alligator crab boil bratwurst aside for me as it seems to sell out fast.

Dobby joins TnF Farms

One look at the giant ears, our new dog “Dobby” got his name from the elf character from the Harry Potter movies. The name Dobby really fits metaphorically. He’s still coming out of his shell and starting to trust that we are his forever humans. Dobby’s good nature and affectionateness radiate out as a dog that loves everybody that stops in at TnF Farms. He got his collar (clothes) from us the very next day after his adoption.

The Homesteading Renaissance

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in homesteading—a lifestyle that prioritizes self-sufficiency, sustainability, and a deep connection to the land. While homesteading is often associated with rural areas, it is gaining traction in suburban and even urban settings. Havana, Florida, with its rich agricultural heritage and close-knit community, offers a unique and welcoming environment for individuals and families looking to embrace the homesteading way of life. In this article, we will explore the benefits of homesteading in Havana, Florida.

10 Reasons Why We decided to Start A Farm in the Florida Panhandle

The Florida Panhandle, a region known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant communities, offers an ideal setting for agricultural pursuits. With a mild climate, fertile soils, and a strong agricultural tradition, the Panhandle beckons aspiring farmers and seasoned growers alike. In this article, we’ll explore ten compelling reasons to consider farming in the Florida Panhandle.