Our harvest season is approximately 30 weeks from November through May. Each week’s share will be a little different in variety and quantity, depending on what’s growing and how much is harvested from the fields each week. We aim to have 10-12 different items in each share including salad greens, cooking greens, root crops, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Typically, a share will fill 2-4 grocery bags full. Take a look at our chalkboard to see what’s being harvested for our Members this week. Or check out our Vegetable Directory for samples of what we grow and what you can do with them.
We have several locations for you to choose from to be your pick-up point. At the Farm we have pick-ups on Thursdays from 12:00-6:00pm or Sundays from 12:00-4:00pm during our Farmers’ Market.
*Outside of the farm we offer pick-ups Mondays from 3:30-5:30pm at USF Botanical Gardens (12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa), Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm at Buddy Brew Coffee in South Tampa (2020 W. Kennedy Blvd.), or Fridays in St. Petersburg from 4:00-6:30pm at Green Bench Brewery (1133 Baum Avenue North). For these offsite pick-ups there is a minimal fee to help us cover the cost of transportation and staffing for these pick-ups. The one time offsite fee is $25 for a Half Membership and $50 for a Full Membership.
On your membership application you will be asked to choose a pick-up day/location. We will set our harvest schedule each week based on this information, so it is very important that you pick up only on your scheduled day and only at your scheduled location. If you are unable to make it on your day and are not able to send someone in your place, you should Contact Us to see if another arrangement is possible.
Sweetwater’s Membership prices cover the costs involved in growing you the best possible product. Donations above the minimum in each category are deeply appreciated as they are used to fund our farm outreach and educational programs. Support above the minimum level recognizes the importance of promoting Sweetwater’s mission and helps to expand and support the farm’s growth, outreach, and educational efforts.
We are now able to offer payment plans for CSA memberships. To opt for a payment plan, sign up for your membership online then check the monthly payment plan box at the end of the application by the totals. Your membership total will then be divided into five payments. Your first payment is due at the time you sign up to reserve your membership. All following payments are due on the 15th of each month until your balance is paid off.
All payments are non-refundable and payments must be up to date to pick-up CSA shares.
As a way to promote community involvement and keep our labor costs down, we require 4 hours of volunteer work from each membership group over the course of the season. This volunteer commitment can be fulfilled in any number of ways: doing farm work in our fields, helping with special events, fundraising, cleaning and maintenance, data entry, cooking and baking, parking assistance, etc. (Or you may “opt out” of your volunteer hours by paying a fee – see info below.)
From October through May, popular volunteer work times are Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, especially in the mornings when we’re harvesting. Volunteer Opportunities are highlighted on our website and in our monthly newsletter (sign up below!) or contact us to see how our needs and your talents might align.
Members willing to volunteer their time above the minimum 4 hours required may qualify for our Work Credit program. An amount equal to $5 per hour may be credited to participants at the end of the season to go towards the next season’s membership fee. Maximum season credit for a Half Membership is $100; and $200 for a Full Membership. Hours must be logged in the Volunteer log book. Credits are not given automatically. Please see the Program Director for more information or to sign up for this program.
We hear ya… times are tough and working families often can’t afford the extra time to devote to the community. If you are unable to meet your 4-hour volunteer commitment, you may “opt out” of your volunteer hours by paying a $30 fee anytime during the season.