King Grove was originally established in 1874 by John King who moved from Buffalo, New York to central Florida with his young family. They traveled by steamship to Savannah, Georgia and from there by horseback to the land that became their farm in Eustis. John King built a house between two lakes and planted one of the first orange groves in Florida. King Grove has continued to produce oranges and other citrus ever since.
The current owner is Hugh Kent, who is from one of the oldest farming families in New England. Located in a pristine part of rural Lake County, surrounded by lakes and conservation land, King Grove is now a USDA Certified organic farm. Along with 20 acres of blueberry fields and 20 acres of orange groves, the farm’s 150 acres include pine plantations, wildflower plantings, old growth woods and protected wetlands. Hugh runs the farm and manages the property with his wife Lisa.