Richard Kann, the co-founder of Heart of Christmas Farms in Christmas, decided to start a farm in 2005 as a way to teach his nine kids about business and agriculture. Ten years and 50 acres later, the farm now produces 26 varieties of lettuce, 18 varieties of non-lettuce greens, tomatoes peppers, micro greens, herbs, zucchini, and yellow squash using six different types of vertically stacked hydroponic and aquaponic systems. In addition to the vegetables, the farm produces yogurt, cheese, and butter thanks to the 30 grass fed goats that call this farm home.
Richard’s bounty ends up in the family farm store as well as on plates at restaurants across Central Florida. You can also find the family’s veggies and eggs at farmer’s markets in Audubon Park.
“This is a whole family operation,” says Richard, who still works full-time as a computer programmer. “This farm has taught our kids a trade, and it’s been a great way to keep the family together. It’s actually been really enjoyable doing this together.”
The farm store is open most Sundays from noon to 5pm, at 21310 Fort Christmas Road. Richard suggests checking the Facebook page in advance to confirm items and other details.