Green Acres in the city of Tampa!
-4 Snaps! Strongly recommended
I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan, a lifestyle supported by Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. But my visit to their Sunday market for the prepared food was very worthwhile. The mission of the farm is to raise organic produce and distribute it weekly (in season) to its members, and to promote urban organic farming and environmental education. Members either pay a fee or work the farm (or both) to get their weekly share. Membership has several levels and allows for donations for farm upkeep as well. It's a pretty good deal and a cool way to ensure that the food you are eating is organic.
I go for the Sunday market which is open from October 15 through May 20 this year. While members are picking up their weekly distribution, nonmembers can purchase organic produce at the farm stand, purchase clothes, jewelry and other goods, as well as buy prepared food offered by several vendors. Vendors vary over the course of the season, but the food and produce are always good! The market also brings in local musicians to a small stage to entertain while customers eat and shop
Dancing Goat Farm is another little-known food asset that we have in the Bay area. They are providers of farm and dairy products including raw goat milk, kefir, yogurt, and free range eggs. They also offer goat milk soap and some cow products including raw cow milk and cream and are one of the key vendors at the Sunday market. I was fortunate enough to be able to go and photograph their farm last year. It was awesome!
Sweetwater Farms is open from October to May but is not so easy to find! Market Parking is located off of Hanley Road and Comanche Avenue. (Do not follow GPS to the address or you will end up in the wrong area!) Even if you are not in the market for fresh organic produce, go for the food!
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