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Foodies,

The market is now open – if you’d like to order produce, go ahead and place your orders online till 11pm Monday night!

There have recently been a few freezes and, therefore, there is a bit less product this week from Local Roots but great news, she is bringing on a lot more growers and extending into the Ocala area so in the coming weeks and months, there will be a lot more selection.

If you would like to order special items, i.e. not a box, please put your order in ASAP!

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The pick up times have been extended to Wednesday 6-8pm in order to better accommodate our distributor, farmers, and customers!

And Thursday from 1-4pm. (case by case, call ahead)

If there is something special you want, please email before Sunday 4pm.

As for items from certain farmers (Windmill, Morning Star, etc.), if there is not enough product ordered, it doesn’t always make financial sense for us to drive an hour or two to pick it up. We’ll try to communicate better with members when this happens but just wanted to give everybody a heads up.

Check out some great upcoming events down below!

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero (some exceptions with Gnarly Farms products)

Order here today!.

Email us if you have any questions.

The boxes are now hand-selected by the customer/member instead of pre-packaged. This means the earlier you come, the more selection you’ll have for your box! Please bring your own box or reusable bag as we are running low at the coop. Also, if you have any to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

We may donate excess food that does not sell in the course of a week to local food programs that the Tampa Underground organizes – the Good Samaritan, the Hub & home church feedings for those in need.

If you would like to be there to help drop off for those folks, please let me know.

Bhbuyingclub@gmail.com

Here’s whats been going on at the Co-op.

Over the past few months a ‘steering committee’ has been meeting every month & working to establish bylaws that are in accordance with our values and principles.

We are almost at the point where we can file for Cooperative status with the state of Florida statute 619. Hopefully, within a few months that will be a reality. If you would like to participate, have legal or nonprofit experience, please let us know.

Our location has to change around the end of February/beginning of March.

Right now it looks like we will be moving into the blue building near the current location as another temporary spot. We’re still planning to move around the end of this month and could use some help so let us know if you’d be willing to volunteer your time and/or supplies.

We have also been visiting an aquaponics farm in Dade City called Morning Star Fishermen. They have a 65,000 gallon aquaponics system and are raising tilapia as well as a ton of vegetables. It is a truly inspiring production- they even teach classes and are expanding. We’re thinking of planning a field trip up there with members so be on the lookout for info! We want members to be involved and get to know their farmer(s), so check out the growers on the website, let us know if you are interested in visiting any of them, and we can try to set something up. After all, that’s the point!

Be on the lookout for Recipes under the appropriate tab on Locally Grown!

More updates to come soon!




Coming Events

Ryan, our Market Manager, is back from Cuba! He will be hosting a Tampa Free Skool event talking about his trip and what he learned at Sabroso Cuban Cafe (across from Ella’s on Nebraska) on March 11th at 7:30PM. We hope you’ll all be able to make it and learn some cool stuff about SOCIALISM!

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be marching from Fort Myers to Lakeland between March 3rd-17th, for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food, ending at the Publix Headquarters. They will be in Tampa on the 13th and 14th. Join them in solidarity!

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition will be hosting a Community Visioning Meeting at the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg (1111 18th Ave. S) on March 2nd from 2-5PM.




Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.