In response to requests we have received and to continue our fundraising efforts through the summer for our nonprofit educational programs, Sweetwater is adding a Summer CSA to our offerings. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Please keep in mind, during the summer we are not growing or harvesting veggies in our fields. We are cover cropping and composting to replenish soil health in preparation for the fall season. This means our Summer CSA would consist of veggies and fruits that we would order from Albert’s Organics. All items would be USDA certified organic, but would not be grown on our farm.
While we would love to offer Sweetwater grown veggies year around, it is our responsibility to the earth and to you to ensure that we continue our sustainable and organic farming methods. At the same time, we do want to offer a Summer option for those interested.
Summer CSA Details:
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 8-12 different items in each share including salad greens, cooking greens, root crops, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. 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 Brewing Co. (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 $30 for a Half Membership and $60 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.
Payment Plans Available through the online application! (until 9/30/17)
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.
Payment plans are available for the 17-18 season. They will only be available for the on-line application and payment process until 9/30/17. At this time, if you want a payment plan, please call into the office at (813) 887-4066 or email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to set it up for you.
Our payment plan is a simple 5 equal payments due on the 15th of each month. We do not charge your credit card or bank account automatically, as we do not collect that information. You will receive a pay pal invoice each month as both a reminder and for payment convenience.
All payments are non-refundable and payments must be up to date to pick-up CSA shares. Late fees do apply, see your invoice for details.
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.
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. Just click the link below and enter your email address in the space specified. You’ll receive an email with a link to log in to your membership, where you can update the volunteer info.