Winter is Florida’s growing season, so, while the rest of the country is reaching the end of their harvest, we are just beginning to enjoy our local bounty. Here in Dunedin, we have a number of great produce choices which includes quite a lot of local and organic food, as well. Check out some of the options below for finding the best produce in Dunedin:
Dunedin Green Market The Green Market is more ambitious than ever this year. It has been expanded to a second day, and is open both Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. It’s possible to buy not just fruits and vegetables, but also cheese, bread, mushrooms, and local fish, as well. Enjoy local musicians, and a cup of locally roasted coffee while you shop. Most weekends, the Green Market is held in Pioneer Park. If there is another special event, an alternate market location is announced.
Dunedin Harvest Market This local co-op allows you to buy local and organic produce grown on farms and in gardens all around Dunedin and the local area. Unlike most co-ops and CSAs, you are not limited to a set portion of food each week. Instead, you sign on each Monday to find out what is available and choose what you want. Then, on Friday, you can either have fresh local vegetables delivered to your house, or, pick them up at one of the local gardens. A lot of the food sold through the co-op is grown in private vegetable gardens right in the town of Dunedin. Your food travels less than a couple of miles to get to your table, making this an exceptionally green option. Visit their site to join and see what is available. They allow one test co-op basket before requiring that you pay the membership fee, so, you can try the service out in advance to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Steve’s Produce Steve’s is an area institution, providing quality produce year-round to local residents. The items available are always fresh and varied. Right now, local Florida citrus ranging from oranges to tree-ripened grapefruit to more uncommon picks like pomelos are sweet and ripe. While you are there, pick up some Gulf shrimp or fish, Greek olives or something from the deli counter, as well. Steve’s Produce is located at 515 Alternate 19 in Palm Harbor, just north of Dunedin.
Gateway Organic Farm Gateway is one of the area’s newest hidden treasures. This organic CSA farm occupies just over three acres just south of the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. Full and half shares of produce can be purchased each fall. Shares usually include heirloom varieties of organic vegetables. The farm’s address is 6000 150th Ave. N., Clearwater, Florida.
Sweetwater Organic Farm Sweetwater is the area’s other, better-known, CSA. Since 1995, area residents have been able to get organic farm food from there. Like Gateway, they offer full and half shares of the harvest starting each fall. They also host a Sunday winter farmer’s market for those who still wish to eat organic, local vegetables, but can’t or do not wish to buy a share of the CSA.
These are just a few of the local, sustainable options for purchasing vegetables during Florida’s bountiful winter months. Try out one of the sources above, and enjoy one of the area’s great green delights.