We are 4th and 5th generation Florida farmers. In 1883, our great grandparents came to settle in the community now known as St. Joseph. Most residents of St. Joe grew strawberries, citrus and vegetables, plus raised hogs and chickens, according to a column published between 1896 and 1900 in a San Antonio newspaper. Residents began growing Kumquats in 1914. Today, St. Joseph is known as the “kumquat capital of the world” and the annual Kumquat Festival in neighboring Dade City draws over 40,000 attendees each year.