Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon rolls? Now they’re history (in a good way)

Meghan Gross, 9, left, Jennifer Gross, 6, and Ben Gross, 7, right, get a nose full of hot cinnamon rolls from Knaus Berry Farm, 15980 SW 248th Street in the Redlands, as dad, Tom Gross, holds their shakes in back. The seasonal farm draws returning crowds of people hungry for cinnamon rolls, baked goods, fresh vegetables, and strawberry shakes.

Knaus Berry Farm is etching its name into American history as the latest entry on the National Culinary Heritage Register, a wide-ranging list that notes the country’s most enduring food destinations.

The farm, which was founded in 1956, was recently added to the National Culinary Heritage Register in part for its influence in South Florida and for its long standing in the region.

While generations of Miamians know the joys of its cinnamon rolls, it sure doesn’t hurt to get national recognition. Knaus Berry Farm spokesperson Thomas Blocher said the farm’s inclusion on the register is a testament to the South Florida community.

“It’s not really about us and what were doing and more about that the people like us,” Blocher said. “They care about what we do and they support us and that’s humbling.”

The National Culinary Heritage Register is a project initiated by the National Food and Beverage Foundation based in New Orleans. The goal is to offer greater understanding of American culture through its culinary history. Similar to the National Register of Historic Places, the Food and Beverage Foundation’s list requires that entries be at least 50 years old. But they don’t have to be physical locations, and can be food products or processes, inventions or traditions, according to register’s official webpage.

Knaus Berry Farm is both a physical institution and steeped in tradition. Its reach extends beyond the farm’s strawberry fields in Redland and its baked goods continue to find their way into Miami homes.

Blocher, who married into the Knauses in 1980, said the family applied for the recognition. He’s still speechless that the farm was awarded the entry.

Knaus Berry Farm has come a long way since brothers Ray and Russell opened up shop to sell produce from their farm.

“It was just two young men just trying to start something to feed their families. They were just trying to eek out a living. There was no vision to be where we are today. It’s only because of the community and we appreciate that,” Blocher said.

Knaus Berry Farm is closed for the summer. It will reopen in Oct. 31.