Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

Past Conference Food Suppliers


2009 2010 2011 2012

2009 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Saturday Lunch - August 1, 2009 Sunday Lunch - August 2, 2009

Grass-fed beef
4 Arrows Ranch, Ocala, Marion County
Lee and Jim Windham
As a working cattle ranch since 1995 they adhere to a sustainable agriculture philosophy. Their business is selling organic, grass-fed Angus beef to restaurants and the general public. They are starting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in conjunction with a traditional CSA producer and are exploring Meat Buying Clubs as another niche market.

Chevon (Goat, the Other Red Meat)
Florida A&M- CESTA, Quincy, Gadsden County 
Angela McKenzie-Jakes
In 1983, it was recognized the role meat goats could play in complementing existing agricultural production systems. Research and Extension efforts shifted to evaluating goat production as an alternative enterprise for small-scaled farmers. Multiple studies have been done to determine cost effectiveness of raising goats as an alternative enterprise, genetics, and effects of diet and management on carcass traits, composition and palatability. Goat meat is higher in protein and iron content compared to most traditional meats, but lower in fat and cholesterol than lamb, beef, pork and poultry (USDA, Handbook 8, 1989).

Sem-Chi Rice®
Florida  Crystals Co. , Okeechobee County
Sem-Chi® (short for Seminole Chief) rice products are grown in rotation with sugarcane and milled in South Florida. These products are grown in partnership with the environment using sustainable agricultural principles such as: crop rotation, organic farming practices, water management, and renewable energy production. Growing rice helps other crops by naturally restoring the soil, removing unwanted pests and provides an excellent habitat for native wildlife.

Ranch Raised Rabbit
Seely’s Ark, Dunnellon, Marion County
Beth and David Seely
Seely’s Ark currently houses about 500 producing does, with about 5000 rabbits  in-house at any given time. This rabbit meat is marketed as “Ranch Raised” and the company as locally family owned and operated, providing products of superior quality, reliability, and wholesomeness. Currently, their best markets are high-end restaurants in Orlando, a wholesaler who serves smaller supermarkets, and a Miami-based broker who sells to the cruise ship trade. They are able to buy from other farmers and also own and operate a USDA certified processing plant with plans to expand their services. 

Pastured Pork (ham hock & bacon)
Palmetto Creek Farms, LLC, Avon Park, Highlands County 
Jim Wood
Palmetto Creek Farms is a family owned and operated farm that started as a family 4-H project and it changed their lives for the better. They use the natural method of farming keeping the hogs outside in the fresh air and use no antibiotics or animal by-products in their feed. They specialize in serving many of the best restaurants in the Central Florida area. Their goal is not only to provide the customer with natural pork but to provide the best possible natural pork through selective breeding, raising primarily Heritage breed Herefords.

 Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County 
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936. They are third-generation citrus growers with an unrelenting passion for growing really good citrus using environmentally responsible growing systems. The Orange Shop is a small operation with fruit coming from two of the finest fresh fruit growing areas in Florida -- Marion County and the Indian River area. Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Orange Blossom Honey
John’s Honey, Ocala, Marion County    
John and Donna Haskell
John has been working with bees since he was nine years old and Donna began beekeeping two years ago. They have several hives throughout Ocklawaha, Weirsdale and Ocala producing Orange Blossom and Wildflower honey. They make only pure honey straight from the hives with no additives and nothing taken away, they believe in a quality product for customers. Doctors are even referring customers to them recommending wildflower honey for allergies.

Squash
Green Cay Farm, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County
Nancy and Charlie Roe
Green Cay Farm started over 40 years ago as a family vegetable growing operation and has transitioned from a conventional farm to a smaller farm that markets its diversified vegetable crops through local channels. They cooperate with university and industry researchers to develop sustainable production systems.  Their diversification includes a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the Farming Systems Research, Inc. operations.

Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Planks
New North Florida Cooperative, Jackson County
This cooperative provides education, marketing, and technology transfer in order to provide a competitive edge for small farmers in the north Florida region. Florida's pioneering and successful Farm to School program was initiated in 1995 by this group of innovative African-American farmers with their produce of collard greens, sweet potatoes, green beans, field peas, muscadine grapes, turnip greens, strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon. Their products are in high demand among school districts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Mangos
Williams Grove at Fairchhild Farm, Miami-Dade County
Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma
Williams Grove is the permanent home for the living genetic collections of the Tropical Fruit Program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. They serve a role for the conservation of clones of key tropical fruit species for investigations and projects into applied horticulture, and for distribution of plant cultivars.  The activities of Williams Grove focus on receiving local and international growers in search of the latest growing techniques, based on sustainable agriculture and with a special interest in providing high quality tropical fruit crops for small farmers.

Grass-fed Lamb
Golden Acres Farm, Monticello, Jefferson County
Bobbie and Fred Golden
Our lamb is USDA certified meat from naturally raised, grass-fed Katahdin sheep.  It is vacuum-packed and frozen.  Processing is done in Bonifay, Florida. Bobbie received her Certification as a Master Goat and Sheep Producer from FAMU-CESTA and Langston University, Oklahoma.

Pastured Pork
Palmetto Creek Farms, LLC, Avon Park, Highlands County 
Jim Wood
Palmetto Creek Farms is a family owned and operated farm that started as a family 4-H project and it changed their lives for the better. They use the natural method of farming keeping the hogs outside in the fresh air and use no antibiotics or animal by-products in their feed. They specialize in serving many of the best restaurants in the Central Florida area. Their goal is not only to provide the customer with natural pork but to provide the best possible natural pork through selective breeding, raising primarily Heritage breed Herefords.

Squash, Black-eyed Peas, and Okra
Green Cay Farm, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County
Nancy and Charlie Roe
Green Cay Farm started over 40 years ago as a family vegetable growing operation and has transitioned from a conventional farm to a smaller farm that markets its diversified vegetable crops through local channels. They cooperate with university and industry researchers to develop sustainable production systems. Their diversification includes a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the Farming Systems Research, Inc. operations.

Sem-Chi Rice
Florida Crystals Co., Okeechobee County
Sem-Chi® (short for Seminole Chief) rice products are grown in rotation with sugarcane and milled in South Florida. These products are grown in partnership with the environment using sustainable agricultural principles such as: crop rotation, organic farming practices, water management, and renewable energy production. Growing rice helps other crops by naturally restoring the soil, removing unwanted pests and provides an excellent habitat for native wildlife.

Pastured Poultry
Crazy Hart Ranch, Fellsmere, Indian River County
Linda Hart
Crazy Hart Ranch produces pastured poultry supplemented with a feed ration free from antibiotics, hormones, animal byproducts and roxarsone.  Sustainable farming methods are used and the environment is not polluted and the earth's resources are not depleted. Animals are raised humanely in a natural environment. The result is a product unmatched in quality and taste.

Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936. They are third-generation citrus growers with an unrelenting passion for growing really good citrus using environmentally responsible growing systems. The Orange Shop is a small operation with fruit coming from two of the finest fresh fruit growing areas in Florida -- beautiful Marion County and the Indian River area. Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Organic Blueberries
Bay Lake Blueberries, Ft. McCoy, Marion County 
Gail & Mike Waldron
Gail and Mike have owned their blueberry farm since 2003 and became certified organic in 2005. They    believe in the health benefits of organic blueberries and protecting the environment by not spraying chemicals. They are currently implementing a new marketing strategy by building up their u-pick operation. They sell blueberry plants and are planning to expand their operation growing organic vegetables as well.

Milk
Dakin Dairy Farm, Myakka City, Manatee County
Farmers Karen and Jerry Dakin
Dakin Dairy Farm started in 1973 and comes from a long family tradition of dairy farming. As one of the last three remaining dairy farms in Manatee County, they are meeting their challenges by diversifying their operations to include: on farm processing, locally marketing milk, drinkable yogurt and cheese products under their own name brand, agri-tourism, incorporating sustainable farming practices, selling dairy calves and on farm produced compost.

Organic Coffee
Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company
Gainesville, Alachua County
Sweetwater is a member of Cooperative Coffees in Americus, GA, the world’s only Fair Trade, organic green coffee purchasing collective, that works directly with small-scale coffee farmer cooperatives to bring some of the world’s best coffee available to coffee-loving consumers here in the United States. Rainforest Alliance certified coffees come from some of the world’s most ethical estates whose land-use and business practices conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. They are committed to delivering the message of sustainability by roasting truly extraordinary coffee in Gainesville that does justice to our hard-working trading partners and Mother Nature… from crop to cup.  

2010 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Saturday Lunch - July 31, 2010 Sunday Lunch - August 1, 2010

Pastured Pork (ham hock & bacon)
Palmetto Creek Farms, LLC, Avon Park, Highlands County 
Jim Wood
Palmetto Creek Farms is a family owned and operated farm that started as a family 4-H project and it changed their lives for the better. They use the natural method of farming keeping the hogs outside in the fresh air and use no antibiotics or animal by-products in their feed. They specialize in serving many of the best restaurants in the Central Florida area. Their goal is not only to provide the customer with natural pork but to provide the best possible natural pork through selective breeding, raising primarily Heritage breed Herefords.

Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County 
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936. They are third-generation citrus growers with an unrelenting passion for growing really good citrus using environmentally responsible growing systems. The Orange Shop is a small operation with fruit coming from two of the finest fresh fruit growing areas in Florida -- Marion County and the Indian River area. Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Grass-fed beef
4 Arrows Ranch, Ocala, Marion County
Lee and Jim Windham
As a working cattle ranch since 1995 they adhere to a sustainable agriculture philosophy. Their business is selling organic, grass-fed Angus beef to restaurants and the general public. They are starting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in conjunction with a traditional CSA producer and are exploring Meat Buying Clubs as another niche market.

Ranch Raised Rabbit
Seely’s Ark, Dunnellon, Marion County
Beth and David Seely
Seely’s Ark currently houses about 500 producing does, with about 5000 rabbits  in-house at any given time. This rabbit meat is marketed as “Ranch Raised” and the company as locally family owned and operated, providing products of superior quality, reliability, and wholesomeness. Currently, their best markets are high-end restaurants in Orlando, a wholesaler who serves smaller supermarkets, and a Miami-based broker who sells to the cruise ship trade. They are able to buy from other farmers and also own and operate a USDA certified processing plant with plans to expand their services. 

Grass-fed Lamb
Golden Acres Farm, Monticello, Jefferson County
Bobbie and Fred Golden
Our lamb is USDA certified meat from naturally raised, grass-fed Katahdin sheep.  It is vacuum-packed and frozen.  Processing is done in Bonifay, Florida. Bobbie received her Certification as a Master Goat and Sheep Producer from FAMU-CESTA and Langston University, Oklahoma

Sem-Chi Rice®
Florida Crystals Co. , Okeechobee County
Gaston Cantens
Sem-Chi® (short for Seminole Chief) rice products are grown in rotation with sugarcane and milled in South Florida. These products are grown in partnership with the environment using sustainable agricultural principles such as: crop rotation, organic farming practices, water management, and renewable energy production. Growing rice helps other crops by naturally restoring the soil, removing unwanted pests and provides an excellent habitat for native wildlife.

Organic Black-Eyed Peas and Okra
Bluefield Organic Farm, Okeechobee County 
William Moore
(863) 235-4123
They grow vegetables, citrus (Hamlin, Valencia & navel oranges) blueberries, blackberries (thornless & thorny), hay, and grass-fed beef.  All of their products are certified organic.  The citrus and blueberries are also European Commission (EU) and Japan Agriculture Standard (JAS) organic certified.

Mangos
Williams Grove at Fairchhild Farm, Miami-Dade County
Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma
Williams Grove is the permanent home for the living genetic collections of the Tropical Fruit Program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. They serve a role for the conservation of clones of key tropical fruit species for investigations and projects into applied horticulture, and for distribution of plant cultivars.  The activities of Williams Grove focus on receiving local and international growers in search of the latest growing techniques, based on sustainable agriculture and with a special interest in providing high quality tropical fruit crops for small farmers.

Organic Coffee
Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company
Gainesville, Alachua County
Sweetwater is a member of Cooperative Coffees in Americus, GA, the world’s only Fair Trade, organic green coffee purchasing collective, that works directly with small-scale coffee farmer cooperatives to bring some of the world’s best coffee available to coffee-loving consumers here in the United States. Rainforest Alliance certified coffees come from some of the world’s most ethical estates whose land-use and business practices conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. They are committed to delivering the message of sustainability by roasting truly extraordinary coffee in Gainesville that does justice to our hard-working trading partners and Mother Nature… from crop to cup. 

Milk
Dakin Dairy Farm, Myakka City, Manatee County
Farmers Karen and Jerry Dakin
Dakin Dairy Farm started in 1973 and comes from a long family tradition of dairy farming. As one of the last three remaining dairy farms in Manatee County, they are meeting their challenges by diversifying their operations to include: on farm processing, locally marketing milk, drinkable yogurt and cheese products under their own name brand, agri-tourism, incorporating sustainable farming practices, selling dairy calves and on farm produced compost.

Milk
Kurtz and Sons Dairy, Suwannee County
Howard and Leslie Kurtz
(386) 776-1038

Orange Blossom Honey
John’s Honey, Ocala, Marion County    
John and Donna Haskell
John has been working with bees since he was nine years old and Donna began beekeeping 5 years ago. They produce Orange Blossom and Wildflower honey. They believe in a quality product for customers and make only pure honey straight from the hives with no additives and nothing taken away.

Florida Orange Vinaigrette & Creamy Vidalia Onion Dressing
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County 
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936. They are third-generation citrus growers with an unrelenting passion for growing really good citrus using environmentally responsible growing systems. The Orange Shop is a small operation with fruit coming from two of the finest fresh fruit growing areas in Florida -- Marion County and the Indian River area. Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Fresh Country Smoked Sausage
Gilchrist Brand, LLC, Ocala, Marion County
John Mike

All Natural and Antibiotic Free Smoked Sausage

Pastured Poultry
Crazy Hart Ranch, Fellsmere, Indian River County
Linda Hart
Crazy Hart Ranch produces pastured poultry supplemented with a feed ration free from antibiotics, hormones, animal byproducts and roxarsone.  Sustainable farming methods are used and the environment is not polluted and the earth's resources are not depleted. Animals are raised humanely in a natural environment. The result is a product unmatched in quality and taste.

Sturgeon Fish
Mote Aquaculture Park, Sarasota County
Wade Tappan

Collard Greens
New North Florida Cooperative, Jackson County
This cooperative of innovative African-American growers provides education, marketing, and technology transfer in order to provide a competitive edge for small farmers in the north Florida region. Florida's pioneering and successful Farm to School program was initiated in 1995 by this cooperative with their produce of collard greens, sweet potatoes, green beans, field peas, muscadine grapes, turnip greens, strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon.

Pastured Pork (ham hock & bacon)
Palmetto Creek Farms, LLC, Avon Park, Highlands County 
Jim Wood
Palmetto Creek Farms is a family owned and operated farm that started as a family 4-H project and it changed their lives for the better. They use the natural method of farming keeping the hogs outside in the fresh air and use no antibiotics or animal by-products in their feed. They specialize in serving many of the best restaurants in the Central Florida area. Their goal is not only to provide the customer with natural pork but to provide the best possible natural pork through selective breeding, raising primarily Heritage breed Herefords.

Squash
Green Cay Farm, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County
Nancy and Charlie Roe
Green Cay Farm started over 40 years ago as a family vegetable growing operation and has transitioned from a conventional farm to a smaller farm that markets its diversified vegetable crops through local channels. They cooperate with university and industry researchers to develop sustainable production systems.  Their diversification includes a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the Farming Systems Research, Inc. operations.

Organic Blueberries
Bay Lake Blueberries, Ft. McCoy, Marion County 
Gail & Mike Waldron
Gail and Mike have owned their blueberry farm since 2003 and became certified organic in 2005. They    believe in the health benefits of organic blueberries and protecting the environment by not spraying chemicals. They are currently implementing a new marketing strategy by building up their u-pick operation. They sell blueberry plants and are planning to expand their operation growing organic vegetables as well.

Organic Coffee
Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company
Gainesville, Alachua County
Sweetwater is a member of Cooperative Coffees in Americus, GA, the world’s only Fair Trade, organic green coffee purchasing collective, that works directly with small-scale coffee farmer cooperatives to bring some of the world’s best coffee available to coffee-loving consumers here in the United States. Rainforest Alliance certified coffees come from some of the world’s most ethical estates whose land-use and business practices conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. They are committed to delivering the message of sustainability by roasting truly extraordinary coffee in Gainesville that does justice to our hard-working trading partners and Mother Nature… from crop to cup. 

Milk
Kurtz and Sons Dairy, Suwannee County
Howard and Leslie Kurtz
(386) 776-1038

Milk
Dakin Dairy Farm, Myakka City, Manatee County
Farmers Karen and Jerry Dakin
Dakin Dairy Farm started in 1973 and comes from a long family tradition of dairy farming. As one of the last three remaining dairy farms in Manatee County, they are meeting their challenges by diversifying their operations to include: on farm processing, locally marketing milk, drinkable yogurt and cheese products under their own name brand, agri-tourism, incorporating sustainable farming practices, selling dairy calves and on farm produced compost.

Orange Blossom Honey
John’s Honey, Ocala, Marion County     
John and Donna Haskell
John has been working with bees since he was nine years old and Donna began beekeeping 5 years ago. They produce Orange Blossom and Wildflower honey. They believe in a quality product for customers and make only pure honey straight from the hives with no additives and nothing taken away.

2011 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Saturday Lunch – July 16, 2011 Saturday Social – July 16, 2011

Grass-Fed Beef and Pasture-Raised Pork
4 Arrows Ranch, Ocala, Marion County                       
Lee and Jim Windham
As a working cattle ranch since 1995 they adhere to a sustainable agriculture philosophy. Their business is selling organic, grass-fed Angus beef to restaurants and the general public. They are starting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in conjunction with a traditional CSA producer and are exploring Meat Buying Clubs as another niche market.

Hydroponic Butter Lettuce
Heart of Christmas Farms, Orange County
Richard Kann
A family farm providing hydroponically grown vegetables and fruits for local markets.  While not organic certified, they use organic growing methods to produce the best tasting, healthiest produce possible.

Sem-Chi Rice®
Florida Crystals Co. , Okeechobee County
Gaston Cantens
Sem-Chi® (short for Seminole Chief) rice products are grown in rotation with sugarcane and milled in South Florida. These products are grown in partnership with the environment using sustainable agricultural principles such as: crop rotation, organic farming practices, water management, and renewable energy production. Growing rice helps other crops by naturally restoring the soil, removing unwanted pests and provides an excellent habitat for native wildlife.

Pasture-Raised Chicken
Lake Meadows Naturals, Orange County
Dale Volkert
A chicken and egg farm that produces cage-free chickens and duck eggs from Rhode Island Red & Barred Plymouth Rock chickens and Kaki Campbell ducks.  They also have goats and cattle roaming the pastures.  Seasonally they offer USDA processed poultry, and they have a small orchard, hydroponic gardens and bee hives producing local honey.

Organic Black-Eyed Peas
Bluefield Organic Farm, Okeechobee County 
William Moore
(863) 235-4123
They grow vegetables, citrus (Hamlin, Valencia & navel oranges) blueberries, blackberries (thornless & thorny), hay, and grass-fed beef.  All of their products are certified organic.  The citrus and blueberries are also European Commission (EU) and Japan Agriculture Standard (JAS) organic certified.

Organic Blueberries
Vintage Organic Acres, Manatee County
Felicia and Wade Tappan
(941) 920-1801
This family farm planted their first southern highbush blueberry crop in 2007.  They had also operated a tree farm on their property but changed their operations due to disastrous 2004-05 hurricane seasons and the collapse of the tree market.  They are now harvesting large juicy berries in a April-May season which are USDA certified.  Once you tasted their delicious berries you will want to fill your freezer for the entire year.

 Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County 
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936. They are third-generation citrus growers with an unrelenting passion for growing really good citrus using environmentally responsible growing systems. The Orange Shop is a small operation with fruit coming from two of the finest fresh fruit growing areas in Florida -- Marion County and the Indian River area. Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Orange Blossom Honey
John’s Honey, Ocala, Marion County    
John and Donna Haskell
John has been working with bees since he was nine years old and Donna began beekeeping two years ago. They have several hives throughout Ocklawaha, Weirsdale and Ocala producing Orange Blossom and Wildflower honey. They make only pure honey straight from the hives with no additives and nothing taken away, they believe in a quality product for customers. Doctors are even referring customers to them recommending wildflower honey for allergies.

Squash
Green Cay Farm, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County
Nancy and Charlie Roe
Green Cay Farm started over 40 years ago as a family vegetable growing operation and has transitioned from a conventional farm to a smaller farm that markets its diversified vegetable crops through local channels. They cooperate with university and industry researchers to develop sustainable production systems.  Their diversification includes a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the Farming Systems Research, Inc. operations.

Collard Greens
New North Florida Cooperative, Jackson County
This cooperative provides education, marketing, and technology transfer in order to provide a competitive edge for small farmers in the north Florida region. Florida's pioneering and successful Farm to School program was initiated in 1995 by this group of innovative African-American farmers with their produce of collard greens, sweet potatoes, green beans, field peas, muscadine grapes, turnip greens, strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon. Their products are in high demand among school districts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Mangos
The Treehouse, Lee County
Steve Cucura
This tropical fruit tree nursery is located on Pine Island and features rare and unusual fruiting trees from across the globe.  It was begun in 1970 by Bob & Vivian Murray.  Its inventory includes mangos (over 20 varieties), lychees, longans, low chill peaches, avocados, sapodilla, white sapote, cashew and much more.  They operate a seasonal Fruit Market that sells locally the delicious fruit from their nursery stock, as well as other tropical fruits such as coconuts, canistels, and jackfruit.

Okra
Haymaker Farms, Marion County
Jake and William Sims
(352) 629-1655

Mushrooms
Monterry Mushrooms, Orange County
Leslie Block

Grass-Fed Beef and Pasture-Raised Pork
4 Arrows Ranch, Marion County 
Lee and Jim Windham

Mutton Snapper Fish
Bell Fish Company, Manatee County
Karen Bell

Clams
Bay Shellfish Company, Manatee County
Curt Hemmel
(941) 721-3887

Rock Shrimp
Wild Ocean Market, Brevard County
Cynthia Sandoval

Sem-Chi Rice
Florida Crystals Co. , Okeechobee County
Gaston Cantens

Pasture-Raised Poultry
Crazy Hart Ranch, Indian River County
Linda Hart

Hydroponic Butter Lettuce
Heart of Christmas Farms, Orange County
Richard Kann

Hydroponic Cucumber
Beli Farms, Suwannee County
Emil Belibassis
(386) 963-4556

Sturgeon Fish
Mote Aquaculture Park, Sarasota County
Wade Tappan

Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County
Pete and Cindy Spyke

Goat Cheese
Um-Boozi Farm, Lee County
Jim Ellis

Organic Blueberries
Vintage Organic Acres, Manatee County 
Felicia and Wade Tappan
(941) 920-1801

Mangos
The Treehouse, Lee County
Steve Cucura

Peaches, Mangos, Blueberries
UF/IFAS Fruit Research Programs
Mercy Olmstead (Peaches), Alachua County
Jonathan Crane (Mangos), Miami-Dade County
Jeff Williamson (Blueberries), Alachua County

Milk
Dakin Dairy Farm, Manatee County
Karen and Jerry Dakin

Milk
Kurtz and Sons Dairy, Suwannee County
Howard and Leslie Kurtz
(386) 776-1038

 

2012 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Saturday Lunch – July 28, 2012 Saturday Social – July 28, 2012

Pasture-Raised Berkshire Pork
4 Arrows Ranch, Ocala, Marion County
Lee and Jim Windham  
As a working cattle ranch since 1995 they adhere to a sustainable agriculture philosophy which means they use no toxic chemical on their land. Their business is selling organic, pasture raised Bershire pork, Angus beef, Katahdin lamb and heritage Poussin chickens to restaurants and the general public.

Hydroponic Salad Greens
Heart of Christmas Farms, Orange County
Richard Kann 
A family farm providing hydroponically grown vegetables and fruits for local markets.  While not organic certified, they use organic growing methods to produce the best tasting, healthiest produce possible.

Sem-Chi Rice®
Florida Crystals Co. , Okeechobee County
Gaston Cantens 
Sem-Chi® (short for Seminole Chief) rice products are grown in rotation with sugarcane and milled in South Florida. These products are grown in partnership with the environment using sustainable agricultural practices, renewable energy production and native wildlife habitat conservation.

Pasture-Raised Chicken
Lake Meadows Naturals, Orange County
Dale Volkert 
A chicken and egg farm that produces cage-free chickens and duck eggs from Rhode Island Red & Barred Plymouth Rock chickens and Kaki Campbell ducks.  They also have pasture-raised goats and cattle, as well as a small orchard, hydroponic gardens and bee hives producing local honey.

Organic Black-Eyed Peas
Papa Lynn’s Organic Farm, DeSoto County 
Lynn Steward  (863) 559-3920
Lynn grows vegetables, peaches, citrus,, blackberries, hay, and fresh chicken eggs.  All of his products are certified organic and are available for sale to the general public, as well as a line of OMRI approved production inputs.  This 17 acre farm has been in operation since 1989.  It includes field, greenhouse and hoophouse grown crops.

‘Gator Tater’ Potato
UF/IFAS Potato Research Program, St Johns County
Doug Gergela 
The focus of this Research/Extension program is to support the growth and competitiveness of the Florida potato industry which is ranked 7th nationally by developing relevant information for sustainable productions and marketing to growers in the state.

Bell Peppers and Vegetables
Fraleigh’s Farm, Madison County
Jay Fraleigh 
Gro-Eco Veggies are grown with a new water-saving, runoff– reducing method of container growing that was invented by this 6th generation farmer.  It has received the Commissioner’s Agriculture Environmental Leadership Award from FDACS.  This system saves in water consumption and labor costs, as well as produces healthier crops. 

Florida Orange Vinaigrette
The Orange Shop, Citra, Marion County 
Pete and Cindy Spyke
The Orange Shop is a 3rd generation farm has been growing, packing, and shipping Premium Florida Citrus since 1936, using environmentally responsible growing systems.  Brewed up with their secret recipes, dressings are a perennial hit in the store.

Orange Blossom Honey
John’s Honey, Ocala, Marion County    
John and Donna Haskell
John has been working with bees since he was nine years old and Donna began beekeeping 5 years ago. They produce Orange Blossom and Wildflower honey. They believe in a quality product for customers and make only pure honey straight from the hives with no additives and nothing taken away,.

Florida Wagyu Beef
Jackman Cane and Cattle Company Palm Beach County
Justin Jackman
Jackman Florida Natural Wagyu Beef is an all-natural high quality American Kobe Style beef product that is completely hormone free and antibiotic free.  This family owned ranching company operates 15 miles south of Clewiston, FL.

Collard Greens
New North Florida Cooperative, Jackson County
This cooperative of innovative African-American growers provides education, marketing, and technology transfer in order to provide a competitive edge for small farmers in the north Florida region. Florida's pioneering and successful Farm to School program was initiated in 1995 by this cooperative with their produce of collard greens, sweet potatoes, green beans, field peas, muscadine grapes, turnip greens, strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon. 

Mangos and Sapote
Fruitscapes Nursery, Lee County
Steve Cucura
Steve has applied his expertise and 11 years experience to create this tropical fruit nursery.  Its inventory includes dozens of mangos varieties and a collection of rare tropical fruits.  He operates a seasonal Fruit Market that sells locally the delicious fruit from his nursery stock, as well as other tropical fruits.

Portabella Mushrooms
Monterry Mushrooms, Orange County
Leslie Block
Monterry Mushroom is a second generation, family owned and operated agribusiness established in 1971. It’s dedicated to producing the highest quality mushrooms, including portabella, organic, white & specialty.  With 10 growing farms, including Orlando, Monterry mushrooms are literally “locally grown” nationwide.

Corn, Peas, Squash, Tomatoes, and Okra
Fifth Generation Farms, Lake County
Delvy Dicks
After attending our FL Small Farms Conference a few years ago, this family farm began locally selling their Angus beef and produce as a win for everyone.

FEATURED CHEFS

TONY ADAMS
Big Wheel Provisions, Orange County

GREG BAKER
The Refinery Restaurant, Hillsborough County

CHIPOTLE RESTAURATEURS
Florida Locations

TONY DONNELLY
SAVOR Catering, Osceola Heritage Park, Osceola County

DAK KERPRICH
Pizzeria Oceano, Palm Beach County

DARWIN SANTA MARIA
Darwin’s On 4th: Urban Street Food and Brewery, Sarasota County

BEVERAGES

Juice

LAKERIDGE WINERY, Lake County

UNCLE MATT’S ORGANIC, Lake County

Micro-Breweries

CIGAR CITY BREWERY, Hillsborough County

DARWIN’S ON 4TH: URBAN STREET FOOD & BREWERY, Sarasota County

FLORIDA BEER COMPANY, Brevard County

SWAMP HEAD BREWERY, Alachua County

Wineries

ROSA FIORELLI WINERY & VINEYARD, Manatee County

FL A&M UNIV. CENTER FOR VITICULTURE SCIENCES, Leon County

KEEL AND CURLEY WINERY, Hillsborough County

ISLAND GROVE WINERY, Alachua County

LAKERIDGE WINERY, Lake County

 

 


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