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Old 06-03-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Since visiting the Farmer's Market downtown, I know that is where I will buy most of our produce. But we eat fruit and veggies like crazy, so that would only last a couple of days.

Has anyone heard of or use SunCoast Organics? Suncoastorganics.net

What a concept! Beautiful organic produce delivered weekly to your door! I'd rather pick it myself out of my backyard but, hey, this looks great. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this and how they like it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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Since visiting the Farmer's Market downtown, I know that is where I will buy most of our produce. But we eat fruit and veggies like crazy, so that would only last a couple of days.

Has anyone heard of or use SunCoast Organics? Suncoastorganics.net

What a concept! Beautiful organic produce delivered weekly to your door! I'd rather pick it myself out of my backyard but, hey, this looks great. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this and how they like it.
Haven't used that service, but you can go directly to Jessica's Organic Farm, they are open on Friday's. Haven't gone there myself, but I have heard GREAT things about it. There is an Amish farmstand near me where I go, not all organic, but mostly local and good.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Since visiting the Farmer's Market downtown, I know that is where I will buy most of our produce. But we eat fruit and veggies like crazy, so that would only last a couple of days.

Has anyone heard of or use SunCoast Organics? Suncoastorganics.net

What a concept! Beautiful organic produce delivered weekly to your door! I'd rather pick it myself out of my backyard but, hey, this looks great. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this and how they like it.
i will probably try it out, thanks for the link. i would still have to go to the market 2x week for more produce though lol

do you do an organic co-op at home now? here you usually sign up for a box (some people split) you pay for the season then pick up once a week.

I am going to miss my big produce store down the block but it looks like there will be options. When my in-laws retired to FL they said FL had terrible produce and that worried me, maybe you just have to look for it?
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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There are a couple of organic produce delivery businesses here in Sarasota. One other is http://www.organicveggies.net/ I love the sound of it, but I really look forward to going to the farmers markets with husband and 4 year old. He loves it too!

I hear Jessica's is great but have not been yet. I have gone picking at the hydroponics farm and it was so fun and delicious. They do not have an organic classification but they don't use pesticides either. They have an awesome sandwich shop and yummy slushy stand too. I have been looking into buy a pasture raised grass fed steed but I really need a few neighbors to go in with me. That is way too much for just the 3 of us.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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i will probably try it out, thanks for the link. i would still have to go to the market 2x week for more produce though lol

do you do an organic co-op at home now? here you usually sign up for a box (some people split) you pay for the season then pick up once a week.

I am going to miss my big produce store down the block but it looks like there will be options. When my in-laws retired to FL they said FL had terrible produce and that worried me, maybe you just have to look for it?
I'm too embarrassed to even think about how much we go to the market every week. These two teenage boys of ours are eating machines! One is extremely healthy and wouldn't eat fast food to save his life, so he eats more fruit than anyone I have ever seen. The other is a meat freak, so buying organic for him is extra expensive. (That's why I will miss Trader Joe's so much..) The younger two eat healthy, but not enough, IMO.

I used to belong to a co-op but it wasn't organic or that great. I then ordered from Diamond Organics in CA for a long time. It was the most picture-perfect produce sent overnight, but it was just too darn expensive when the boys started getting older.

As for Florida produce, what we saw a few weeks ago at the farmer's market was beautiful...and we have never had problems while vacationing in FL. We haven't been to FL in the winter, but I can't imagine the produce being worse than what we get here in Ohio in the winter.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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There are a couple of organic produce delivery businesses here in Sarasota. One other is Green Door Organics I love the sound of it, but I really look forward to going to the farmers markets with husband and 4 year old. He loves it too!

I hear Jessica's is great but have not been yet. I have gone picking at the hydroponics farm and it was so fun and delicious. They do not have an organic classification but they don't use pesticides either. They have an awesome sandwich shop and yummy slushy stand too. I have been looking into buy a pasture raised grass fed steed but I really need a few neighbors to go in with me. That is way too much for just the 3 of us.
angelfish,

I know what you mean. We LOVE going to the farmers markets on the weekends with the family! It's so fun and also educational for the kids. Buying local is best!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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Hey there, BeachyMom, I use Suncoast Organics and I love it! I have to admit that I, too, just love the fun of going to the farmer's market, but I can't always guarantee I'll have time to go. And now that I mention it, if I were to buy enough veggies for the entire week I'd have too much to carry them all home!

I especially love suncoastorganics because it's NOT a csa...I get to choose whatever I want each week, even ala carte selections AND they deliver to my house! I've been absolutely thrilled every single week. Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I go to Jessica's Stand once a week- it's only open on Friday and Saturday, and it's fantastic. I've found it cheaper than the farmer's market and MUCH cheaper than Whole Foods (better quality, as well), especially on lettuce and other greens, and it's pretty great to buy produce that was picked within the hour.

I haven't heard of Suncoast Organics, but it sounds really interesting.
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