History

In the 1950s the land on which the farm now sits was initially used as a Hog farm. Over time the farm evolved into an orange grove known as the Galman ranch. After many years of citrus production, the ranch dissolved, leaving oaks and native trees to take over, transforming it into the beautiful landscape it is today. Then, in 2009, we purchased the land out of bankruptcy and the decision had to be made on what to do with it.

Our family got together, deciding what the community needed was a place to purchase what the supermarkets could not provide, fresh quality vegetables. For several years the farm operated as a small produce stand selling what we grew. After a lot of hard work and dedication to grow the best quality and variety of products, we realized the farm could not support itself on vegetables alone. It also came to our attention that our customers were only buying conventional produce, leaving the many great varieties and other unique vegetables to rot on the vine. Even after trying to convince customers that Kale was good for them, many would say ‘We just don’t know how to cook it’. This temporary set back lead to our next venture, building a demonstration kitchen adjacent to the market. Now we could cook and educate people on how to prepare all of the vegetables produced on the farm. As things continued to evolve our customers were asking to purchase what we were cooking, turned out people wanted a good quality meal made with local ingredients. This revelation lead to our quick service restaurant concept that is the Buckingham Farms Restaurant you can enjoy today, serving breakfast, lunch and Friday night dinners.

One day, while sitting under the oaks next to the restaurant soaking up all the beauty around us, conversation turned to the thought of what it would be like to have a beautiful venue to accommodate all types of celebrations nestled in amongst the trees. That conversation turned into reality and in 2013 the Buckingham Farms Rustic Barn hosted its first wedding. The strings of Edison lights hung in the rafters, mixed with our custom deer antler chandelier and flowing white curtains makes the perfect setting for any type of event. The classic country charm and elegant lighting were unparalleled to anything in this area for hosting parties, celebrations, holidays or family get-togethers. Currently, the Rustic Barn is the only full-service agrarian wedding venue in the area that provides a beautiful rural SW Florida setting with chef prepared custom meals.

Today reaching almost 85 acres including the produce growing areas, the farm is now home to our Dexter cattle herd and over 200 chickens, which provide all of the eggs for our restaurant.
In late 2019 we are pleased to announce Buckingham Farms will be opening a new location in Labelle, Florida. Not only will we provide the same great food and service but will also partner with a local microbrewery so you can enjoy fresh local fare with fresh local beverages.

Today, ten years after purchasing the property, Buckingham Farms is still owned and managed by our family. We are local people committed to providing locally grown, top quality food and service. We invite you out to try one of our hearty breakfast selections, satisfying lunches or chef-prepared entrées today. We also thank you for the support you have shown us over the years. Hope to see you on the farm soon!

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