PLANT CITY, Fla.- Wish Farms, an international grower, shipper, and marketer of berries, in conjunction with the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, hosted a ribbon-cutting event at its new headquarters today.
The company is owned and operated by the Wishnatzki family and is the only Florida-based marketer of berries year-round.
The 36-acre property, which is located on the south side of Interstate Highway 4 west of North Park Road, includes a three-acre blueberry farm, 120,000-square foot warehouse, and a 24,000-square-foot, multi-story office building.
More than 100 attended the event, including Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole “Nikki” Fried who recognized the Wishnatzki Family’s 100-year commitment to agriculture terming it “the epitome of what Fresh from Florida means.” She went on to detail how the family’s agriculture initiatives had prompted her to form the Agriculture Innovation and Technical Knowledge Committee, noting Wish Farms President Gary Wishnatzki’s membership on the committee.
Plant City Mayor Rick Lott expressed his appreciation to Wish Farms “for making Plant City your forever home.” He also recognized the multi-generational company for its ongoing initiatives in support of the community.
Wishnatzki recognized his family members for their role in the ongoing operations of the company and his thanks to the “great people that have and continue to work with us.”
Meeting spaces within the office building have been named for family members and past employees. “We are proud but humble,” he said. The office building also includes a treehouse meeting room, adult slide, workout facility, wellness room for nursing mothers, and adjacent nature walking paths
The land was previously owned by the Kuhn family and had been a three-generation farming operation with cattle, citrus, pepper, and other crops. All proceeds from the sale of the land were placed in the Kuhn Family’s charitable trust that supports agriculture education through groups such as FFA and others.