In 1950 the MARRACCINI family left New York to settle on a dead end street known as North Kendall Drive. Among their possessions was a branch from a Mulberry Tree taken from Staten Island, New York. That branch would blossom for the next 62 years as did their new business of raising and selling ornamental, fresh water tropical fish.
During that time period the Marraccini Family was involved in many other areas of farming including groves, vegetables, poultry, and all types of animals from rabbits to Arabian horses. In 1970 the family moved to their present location in the Redlands and yes, the Mulberry Tree was transplanted to their new farm.
In 2012, Phil Marraccini Jr., decided to sell the tropical fish business and start a new adventure. Of his many interests and hobbies, which include writing and film making, he decided to open PHIL’S BERRY FARM as a farming attraction to tourist and the community. The main focus of this enterprise is to offer top quality farm products plus educational tours, coupled with a place to sit down and enjoy life. Included in this adventure is an experimental hydroponic section concentrating of growing lettuce, strawberries and other items.
The “RED BARN” is opened to the public (every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year). The facility is available for tours, private parties and charitable functions any day of the week by appointment. So whether you are looking for a great outing serving fresh shakes and bakery items or a place to relax with a friendly game of checkers or dominos, check out PHIL’S BERRY FARM where hospitality is #1. And who knows, perhaps you’ll land a part in a movie if they’re filming!”