Agriculture is still a great source of revenue and serves as a mainstay of the economy. Nearly half the winter vegetables consumed in the U.S. are grown in Tropical South Florida. Miami-Dade County’s agriculture, which represents nearly $1 billion annually in local economic impact, is located on just six percent of the county’s available land.
Besides providing national and international markets with tropical produce and plants, Homestead/Florida City’s agricultural industry also contributes to the revenue generated by tourism. Scattered throughout the region are agricultural fields that allow self-harvesting of vegetables. Many roadside stands offer crops that are specific to the tropical South Florida climate, including mango, avocado, lychee and carambola. Guided tours expose visitors to the fruit and vegetable industry in the only sub-tropical farming area in the continental United States, creating a whole new industry dubbed agri-tourism.
Tropical South Florida’s warm sunny winters bring in thousands of visitors every year. South Miami Dade has the distinction of being situated between two famous National Parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. With the sprawling expanse of the Everglades just to the West and the Florida Keys curving into endless aquamarine hues just to the south, the Homestead/Florida City area plays host to many of these visitors.