Whole Foods Market Tampa will partner with Sweetwater Organic Community Farm to offer a new service to Tampa Bay area residents. The Tampa store will join other Whole Foods Market locations in Florida by opening its doors to local farms with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program allows local farmers to use the store as a drop-off and pick-up point for their subscribing customers, free of charge. This provides a convenient location for CSA members to pick up their share of the weekly harvest.
Traditionally, customers of the farm either had to go to the farm itself or a central regional drop point to get there weekly shares. To help our local farmers grow, we’ve opened all of our Florida stores to be used as CSA drop points, free to the farms and to their customers. The program is also designed to educate customers about CSAs and increase support for local family farms.
Whole Foods Market Tampa and Sweetwater have a long history of mutual support including combined fundraising efforts and educational programs. Recently, Sweetwater was the recipient of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day program, in which 5% of a day’s net sales are donated to a local non-profit organization. On October 29th, this program raised $3,229 for Sweetwater.
Sweetwater is a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, Florida. Through Sweetwater’s hands-on programs, visitors of all ages discover the wonders of nature, explore ecological interconnections, practice appropriate land stewardship and master sustainable agriculture techniques. At Sweetwater, community members come together to grow and enjoy fresh organic food, acquire sustainable living skills, support local agriculture, enjoy nature, make new friends and be a part of the community.
CSA pickups will be held at Whole Foods Market Tampa each Thursday evening from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. During the pickup window, our Healthy Eating Specialist Curtis Whitwam will offer a free cooking demonstration about ways to utilize the harvested ingredients to create fresh, healthy meals.
CSA Memberships are still available from Sweetwater for the 2013-2014 season. For more information and to sign up for a membership, please visit: http://sweetwater-organic.org/membership/membership-info/
Whole Foods Market Tampa is located at 1548 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa FL 33607. Telephone: (813) 874-9435.