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Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay


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

We have brought on a few new, either certified USDA Organic or organic methods, farms – Rabbits Etc uses organic methods in Masaryktown; Geraldson Farm , a USDA organic farm out of Sarasota; as well as Windmill farms, a small backyard organic permaculture operation out of Plant City.

There are some really good items from all – from eggs to kale to tomatoes!

We try to find the most honest farmers with the healthiest & freshest food for the club as we build into an Food Cooperative.
We’d really appreciate your input on anything and everything regarding the buying club- this is a cooperative and is therefore, to be democratically managed by members, AKA partial owners. We want to build community so please, give us feedback so that we can perform better and have a strong backing when we file for nonprofit cooperative status with the state!

We’re also thinking of having a potluck and documentary night, so let us know what night would work for you. Like our Facebook page

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!

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.

Farm Spotlight

Sunny Spot Gardens

Brittany and Ronald Hickmans’ boring urban lot got a facelift 4 years ago when they moved into their new home on a 1/5 an acre in North Tampa. They removed grass, cleared weeds, turned dirt and started sowing the seeds of their future. Planting fruit trees, growing fruits and veggies, raising chickens and trying their hand at other farm feathered friends this little family turned their lot into a food paradise, now they share their talent with others, selling herbs, jams, and other goods. They have held numerous events engaging and teaching the community- with potlucks, guest speakers, and garden tours. Their next event will be on May 5th, International Permaculture Day!

For more info, visit their blog

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

More updates to come soon!




Coming Events

Beets & Brews
Farm to Fork Dinner
March 23rd 6:30pm until 11:30pm

A farm to fork experience presented by Geraldson Community Farm and The Roosevelt 2.0!
Just-harvested vegetarian dinner!
Live music from Jerrod Simpson of Between Bluffs, The Black Mary’s and more to come!
Art demonstrations from Tempus projects.
Beer tasting from Florida Beer Company
Community and Local Love!

Kick-ass Yart Sale!
Saturday, March 23rd, 8:30AM-2:30PM
at 808 W. Orient Street in Tampa, just south of Seminole Heights;
We’ve got mannequins!
We’ve got picture frames!
We’ve got canvases!
We’ve got styrofoam heads!
We’ve got wacky art!
Support Local Artists!

Tampa Free Skool “Why Marxism, Why Now?”
This class will outline Marxist theory as a way of analyzing society and culture. No understanding of Marx or Marxism required. After an overview of the basic tenets of Marxist analysis, we’ll have an open discussion on the strengths, weaknesses, possibilities and impossibilities of this tradition of thought and practice.
Saturday, March 23rd, 7PM at University of Tampa Vaughn Center 219

Hymn For Her
Album Release Party
w/ The Burke Brothers

New World Brewery
Saturday, March 23rd
9pm/$7

Homemade Aromatic Salt Scrub Class in collaboration with Tampa Free Skool
ake simple and effective salt scrubs at home for face and body care. Learn about the healing properties of salt, olive oil, and essential oils and make your own custom scrub to take with you!
Sunday, March 24th at 2PM at Upward Spiral Therapy
17886 N. US Hwy 41, Lutz, Florida 33549
Suggested donation of $3-5 for supplies

Interactive Storytelling Workshop in collaboration w/ Tampa Free Skool
Wednesday March 27th at 6:30PM at Cafe Hey
Taught by the head of the Travelogues, this workshop is meant to discuss what makes a good story and how we can become better storytellers. It will include a brief lecture, as well as feature individual and group activities. The workshop will be interactive, so hopefully attendees will come ready to share and work together!
Bring writing utensil and notebook




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