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Direct to Consumer Information
The Coronavirus has caused many local farms and producers to shift their traditional pathways to market in record time in order to save their yields and meet consumer demand where it still remains. If you are a producer, both the state (FDACS) and SWFL Regional Planning Council have ways to list your products if you are selling direct to consumer. If you are looking for locally sourced items for purchase, please view the Consumer information. Check back as things are constantly changing and we are working to maintain as much updated information as possible.
KEEP FLORIDA GROWING
FDACS and UF/IFAS are asking your assistance with creating a list of farms, businesses, and online markets selling Florida-grown food directly to final consumers.
The list may include farms selling directly to consumers, online farmers markets, community food hubs, or food distributors who now are selling directly to households.
An online form has been created to collect this information. The information submitted through this form will be made public to help consumers find local and online options for purchasing Florida-grown food. It may also help farms identify additional market outlets.
Please use this link to add your listing:
Link to Keep Florida Growing to submit available products:
SEEKING GROWERS FOR GLEANING
The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program and Society of St. Andrew are seeking growers for gleaning partnership. The economic toll of COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity and increased demand at emergency food distribution agencies. Society of St. Andrew is working to meet this growing need by gleaning unmarketable produce at Florida farms to donate to feed the hungry.
State and Federal laws protect farmers from liability when making donations of food to nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry. Growers are also eligible for tax deductions when donating food.
More information about tax incentives and liability protections for growers who open their fields to gleaners can be found in the attached documents and on the FDACS Food Recovery Program website: https://www.fdacs.gov/Food-Nutrition/Nutrition-Programs/Food-Recovery-Program.
If you’re interested in donating your product via gleaning, please contact Kelly Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-271-8244.
The “SWFL Fresh” brand website is now live!
Create your Farm Profile by clicking the link below.
It's easy, intuitive, and will take you 10 minutes to complete.
The goal is connecting consumers with local farms. So indicate how and where you sell your products; e.g.: 3rd Street Farmers Market; On the Farm; Farm Stand; Retail; Wholesale; Chefs; Catering; Private Events, etc. Give the profile as much information as you can so it’s easy for people to find you.
LOCAL FARMS & MARKETS WITH DELIVERY/PICK UP
12 Seasons Farm
Circle C Ranch
Southern Fresh Farms
Alliance for the Arts Green Market
(More to come)
To find Florida agricultural or seafood products, please click the link:
SWFL FRESH LAUNCHES!
SWFL Fresh, a new branding initiative that identifies local product is now live! Check it out and look for the logo at a store or restaurant near you!
UNLIMITED SNAP BENFITS
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is extending unlimited dollar-for-dollar matches for all SNAP purchases on Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets through April 30, 2020. While the program typically has a $40 cap on matches, the cap will be removed for April to aid food insecure individuals in this uncertain time. For a complete list of participating markets in Florida, please visit: www.feedingflorida.org/promotional-materials/Covid19
FLORIDA FARM LIST
This list is constantly being updated so check back often for the latest information.