Chapter 2: The heart of the Ridge


Commercial orange groves stretch far and wide in Florida, but Polk County citrus feels downright cozy. This is the heart of what’s known as the Lake Wales Ridge, land of citrus barons, country lawyers and Cracker Ph.D.s. While tourists and newcomers hurry east and west on Interstate 4, natives and old-timers ramble north and south along U.S. 27.

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