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Glenn Lindgren: Here's a question we get from tourists a lot.

Jorge Castillo: What in the heck are those COW STORES?

Glenn Lindgren: The Farm Stores Express are great places for picking up milk, soda, beer or snacks. The Miami stores carry a complete selection of Cuban snacks: Chifles, meringues, Maria cookies, Cuban crackers, Jupiña - even a decent loaf of Cuban bread.

Jorge Castillo: And the best thing is, you never have to leave your car! Just drive up, roll down the window, and tell them what you want.

Raúl Musibay: Cubans call them "La Vaquita" (the little cow). You'll find them all over Miami. Many are open 24 hours a day. As far as we know, these stores are only located in Florida.

Glenn Lindgren: They have a bread warmer that keeps the loaves hot and fresh – they almost taste like they just came out of the oven.

Jorge Castillo: The stores began way back in 1957, when there just weren't that many Cubans in Miami. The company's patented double drive-thru, full-service markets now include more than 100 stores.

Glenn Lindgren: The concept would never work in Minnesota. Maybe in the summer, but not in the winter at 20 degrees below zero!

Jorge Castillo: That would give an entirely new meaning to the term FROZEN foods!

Raúl Musibay: There are about 50 stores in the Miami area.

The Best Place for "Drive-By" Shopping: Miami's Farm Stores Express

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Glenn Lindgren: They're all over the place. Just look for the giant cow sign.

Jorge Castillo: Here's a little tip: If you are traveling with kids, and they have never been to the "little cow" pull through and buy something just for the heck of it.

Glenn Lindgren: Some stores sell soft serve ice cream, so get the kids a cone or another little treat.

Raúl Musibay: Kids always get a big kick out of the Cow Stores.

The Farm Stores are all over Miami. You shouldn't have any trouble finding a "la vaquita" near you! See the complete list of farm stores locations and operating hours in Miami: HERE

Many locations are open 24 hours per day.

Farm Stores Exterior

Glenn Lindgren: Loyal customers can take advantage of a prepaid card for gallons of milk that offers significant savings and is pretty convenient.

Jorge Castillo: You can purchase a 10 or 25-gallon card.

Glenn Lindgren: They really pack a lot of different items into a small space, so you might be surprised at some of the thinks they sell.

Raúl Musibay: Kids always get a big kick out of the Cow Stores.

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