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Our goal is to get as much locally Florida grown Certified Organic food each week as avalable.
However, being in the sub tropics, not everything grows in our climate, and some foods have to come from other states.
Similarly, at certain times of the year, our climate it too harsh for most crops and they have to come from further afield.
(unless of course, you choose not to eat for a few months) Rest assured, if we can't get Florida grown Certified Organics,
no-one can get Florida grown Certified Organics.

McClellan Organics - Georgia
Bryan McClellan grew up in a farming family and eventually found his way back to the land to start the 125-
acre  McClellan Organics farm.  He enjoys the challenge of organic farming and strives to move his produce
from field to consumer as fast as possible to ensure ultimate freshness.  McClellan Organics takes pride in
knowing that they contribute to the well-being of neighbors and the long-term health of the land.  Produce
grown   includes squash, peppers, cabbage, peas, beans, eggplant, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes.

New Sprout Organic Farms - North Carolina
Though Alan and Jill Rose both had successful careers, they felt the need to make a difference.  Already
interested in growing their own food using permaculture principles, all it took was their son Andrew returning
from summer camp to educate them about “eating clean” to convince them to start an organic farm.  They
knew  they couldn’t change the world, but could certainly be part of the solution.  Inspired by Andrew, New
Sprout was born in 2011, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Southern Belle Organics - North Carolina
As a young first generation farmer, Brick Rooks is proud to have built his business from the ground up.  With a
background in blueberry farming as well as business and marketing, Brick and his wife Jennifer started
Southern Belle Organics, first selling at farmers markets and then expanding to the retail market.  They offer
their certified blueberries from May through September.

Josie's Organics - California
With a commitment to honesty, integrity, and sustainability, Josie’s Organics has remained true to the legacy of
“Nonnie” Josie, sharing the freshest, most wholesome food to anyone who cares to enjoy it. Josie’s Organics is
now able to offer 25 “deliciously organic” varieties of produce year-round, and Rod Braga, his brother, and
cousins promise that “inside every package of Josie’s Organics we honor our grandmother’s commitment to
goodness allowing families everywhere to enjoy fresh organic vegetables of the highest quality.”

Chelan Fresh - Washington
Chelan Fresh is one of Washington’s largest marketers of fresh fruit, bridging the gap between growers and
retailers, providing a platform for grower-owned cooperatives to distribute and sell their fruit. Their organic
grower group, unified for a stronger market presence, includes ten to twelve small family growers, many of
whom have been involved in organics since the mid-1990s, and several are two to five generation farms.

Wholesum Family Farms (Wholesum Harvest) - Nogales, Arizona and Mexico
A third generation family farm with an 80-year tradition of growing food, Wholesum Family Farms grows
organically because it is "good for the people that work the land, helps protect the health of the consumer, and
helps provide a future environment better than the one we have today."  With this philosophy and company
values of integrity, innovation, sustainability, teamwork, progress, and dedication, they produce some of the
finest fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, squash, and zucchini.
(Check out their website
http://www.wholesumharvest.com  You'll be happy you did)
Aloe Organics - Florida
Aloe Organics is the legacy of Allison “Aloe” Nelson. Diagnosed with cancer at a very early age, she made it
her mission to improve the lives of others through organics.  Using a portion of her family's land to grow
produce for schools, hospitals, restaurants, and grocery stores, vegetables are also donated to families with
children fighting cancer.

Bellevue Gardens Organic Farm, Inc. - Florida
A family farm since 1917 and certified organic for over 35 years, Bellevue Gardens is mostly known for their
sweet watermelon in summer and heirloom butternut squash in the fall.  Tommy Simmons, a third generation
farmer, takes great pride in growing his crops from his own seed to ensure organic integrity and crop viability.
He also grows several varieties of peas, hard squash, okra, and turnips.

Blumenberry Farms - Sarasota, Florida
Although Mitch Blumenthal didn’t come from a farming background, he fell in love with growing and tending to
edible landscaping in his backyard. As his garden proliferated and family grew, an opportunity arose to
purchase an idyllic ten-acre certified organic blueberry farm from a Mennonite family who were moving from
Sarasota to Ohio.  During the time it took to finalize the purchase, Mitch learned as much as he could about
running an organic farm, including working on the harvest.  The property included a lake, a future home site,
and 7,000 organic blueberry bushes.

The Family Garden - Florida
The Family Garden is the only certified organic farm in Gilchrist County and sits on 25 acres of nutrient-rich
land that has not had chemicals applied to it for over 20 years.  The farm strives for freshness, quality, and
good land stewardship and currently offers a variety of veggies and fruits including strawberries, greens, herbs,
peppers, melons, hard squash, and more.

Geraldson's Community Farm - Bradenton, Florida
Geraldson Community Farm is a 20 acre Certified Organic CSA Farm located in Bradenton, Fl. Our mission is
to provide the community with safe, healthy, and fresh vegetables throughout Florida’s growing season.

Glaser Farms - Florida
Established in 1980, Glaser Farms, located in Miami, specializes in growing tropical fruits such as mangos,
papayas, lychees, bananas, and avocados, as well as rare and exotic tropicals. Using only nutritive
compononents on their trees, garden, and soils, "It is our dedication to working and living with nature that
allows  us the pleasure of offering foods of such exceptional quality."

Homestead Organic Farms, Inc. - Florida
Dan Howard’s farm is located in the rich growing area of Homestead, Florida. Dan has over 100 acres of all
organic fruits and vegetables. Known primarily for his green beans, he also maintains lush groves of mangos,
avocados and other tropical fruits. Dan was working on the land while it was under different ownership and
purchased it in 1992. With his wife Cindy, they live in the midst of the avocado grove and are invested in
organic farming as well as a natural and healthy lifestyle.

Hoover Farms - Florida
Bradley Hoover has been farming since he was a child. His life as a farmer, moving between a farm in Ohio
and a farm in Homestead, reflects four generations of working in fields and groves. About six years ago,
Bradley and his son (Bradley Jr.) decided to leave conventional farming and started farming organically in Live
Oak, Florida on their 35 acres. They grow a variety of vegetables year round which include lettuces, collards,
kales, broccoli, turnips, mustards, squash, cucumbers and more. The Hoovers are committed to crop rotation,
composting, and avoiding the use of harmful chemical and pesticides. They take pride, as Bradley Sr. says, in
"trying to do it right and grow the best product".

Jessica's Organic Farm - Sarasota, Florida
Jessica’s Organic Farm has been growing a sustainable Sarasota through organic agriculture since 1979.
The food grown in our fields is 100% Certified Organic. There are no genetically modified organisms,
pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers in our organic produce,

Jordan Farms - Florida
Jordan Farms, located in Dover, Florida, has been growing certified organic strawberries since 1999 on land
that has been in their family for 75 years. They combined a friend’s experience as a conventional strawberry
grower with their own hands-on experience in organic growing to bring the best tasting organic strawberry to
the    market. In the last few years, Jordan Farms has doubled their organic strawberry acreage increasing the
availability of their tasty fruit.

Lady Moon Farms - Punta Gorda, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania
Lady Moon Farms started as a dream. Tom Beddard and his wife Chris wanted to feed their family wholesome,
nutritious food that was free of dangerous chemicals, and live in an idyllic environment with fresh air, clear star-
studded skies, and free-roaming animals. That dream came to life on a five acre farm in Pennsylvania in
1988.  Ten years later, Tom's passion for organic farming drove him to expand beyond his small farm in the
Northeast to the Lady Moon Farms of today.  Spanning nearly 2000 acres over three states (Pennsylvania,
Florida, and Georgia), Tom’s commitment to quality has organics lovers seeking out the label with the young
girl reaching towards a golden crescent moon.

Uncle Matt's Organic - Florida
A real-life uncle to 10 nieces and nephews, Matt McLean launched Uncle Matt's Organic in 1999, and is
dedicated to growing high quality citrus free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  “For me, organic just made
the most sense,“ says Matt. “Less toxins to the environment and less toxic residues on the fruit are ultimately
what is best for everybody. It really is the way my grandfather and great-grandfather used to grow citrus. Our
philosophy is based on building healthy soils that will yield a healthier tree so it can naturally defend itself
against disease, not the single factor analysis of today’s Ag world where if you have a pest you find a pesticide!”

Witt Road Organics - Florida
The story begins with a Wall Street trader yearning to do something more meaningful.  Getting back to nature
via organic farming was the first thing that came to mind for Jayson Weisz, and starting with the land and a
collaboration with already established farmers, he grew Witt Road Organics.  Offering "real food for real
people", Witt Road has gracefully handled the challenges of Mother Nature, sandy soil and all, and continues
to see the blooms of squash, okra, and a variety of other vegetables seasonally.  

Worden Farm - Punta Gorda, Florida
Chris and Eva Worden knew in graduate school that they wanted to own a farm together, which they
purchased    in 2003.  They made it a point to learn how to grow organically, and approach farming with “an
awareness and desire to optimize, enhance, and improve the relationships between all components of the
ecosystem”. This awareness combined with their knowledge, and above all persistence, has allowed Worden
Farm to produce over 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on their 85 acres in southwest
Florida.  Embracing the family farming lifestyle with a passion, the Wordens find great reward in facilitating the
connection between community and the land.
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Our food comes from a variety of Certified Organic farms so that we can always insure a good
supply of quality Certified Organic food for our weekly baskets.
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