Meet the Farmers
Members are always asking where we source all of the farm fresh delicious produce. We source from the closest farm that can provide us with the very best fruits and vegetables. We love our growers and we work with many in order to provide our members with the amazing variety that they see every week. Below, please find some of our local favorites. The list will give you some insight as to the type of growers that harvest your food.
A beautiful family farm in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Some of the items harvested include Cilantro, Dill, Red Russian Kale, and gorgeous Easter Radishes.
Owned by Jim Alderman Sr., Alderman Farms has been producing beautiful organic farmed produce in Florida for over 30 years. The 300-acre organic farm is located in Loxahatchee, Florida, with other farms spreading from Delray Beach to Boynton Beach, Florida. You will love the amazing Sweet Mini Peppers in your Endlessly Organic boxes.
Bellevue Gardens is a family farm since 1917; and certified organic for thirty-four years. Tommy Simmons is a third generation farmer on his family’s land west of Gainesville. He remembers his father always took great care to keep him and his siblings away from the pesticides that farmers used. As he grew older, he saw reactions to fungicides and other chemicals and decided to become a certified organic grower. Tommy grows several types of peas, hard squash, okra, and turnips among other crops but his watermelons are his pride and joy.
Mitch is a personal friend of the EO team, promoting organic consumption fresh from Florida. Mitch Blumenthal acquired a ten-acre organic blueberry farm in 1995. As he tended to his Sarasota crop, he began to explore heirloom row crops, blackberries, and other unusual items. Soon, the ten acres of blueberries had evolved into ten acres of diverse, beautiful crops. Recent harvests have included okra, snow peas, bull’s blood beets, baby corn, popcorn, persimmons, herbs, and sugarcane. Our personal favorite is his radishes. When you see the (FL) next to a radish on your list, there is a good chance it came from Mitch! This serene, lush farm nourishes the body and soul.
Glaser Organic Farms
This farm is truly in our own backyard: Organic Foods from the Redlands of Miami, Florida
Glaser Organic Farms is a Certified Organic farm dedicated to growing the finest naturally grown organic produce and preparing Gourmet Raw Foods for over 20 years. Established in 1980, they specialize in growing tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, lychees, bananas, avocados, rare and exotic tropicals, winter vegetables and herbs. Their practice of organic farming is one of exceptional quality, using only nutritive components on our trees, garden and soils. It is their dedication to working and living with nature that allows them the pleasure of offering you foods of such exceptional quality.
Jordan Farms, located in Dover, Florida, has been growing certified organic strawberries since 1999 on land that has been in the family for over 75 years. They combined a friend’s experience as a conventional strawberry grower with their own hands-on experience in organic growing to bring the best-tasting organic strawberry to the market. In the last year Jordan Farms has doubled their organic strawberry acreage increasing the availability of their tasty fruit.
Lady Moon Farms
Lady Moon Farms began in 1987 on a 22 acre farm in Selinsgrove, PA. They added land as demand for organic vegetables grew, and moved to the current location in Chambersburg in 1996. Demand continued to grow and they tried a venture in Florida in 1999, which is now in full production in Punta Gorda outside of Fort Meyers. With the addition of another farm in the Chambersburg area this year, the total acreage is now close to 900. That's a lot of vegetables!
Pressley Groves has been in operation in Frostproof, Florida, since 1984 and has been certified organic since the late 1990’s. They take pride both in growing and in packing their organic citrus to high standards and have been for five generations – that’s over 100 years! Pressley Groves grows red, pink, and white grapefruit, Navel, Valencia, Hamlin, and Temple oranges, and Honey Murcott Tangerines, all in the Pressley’s Pride label both bulk and in bags.
In 1999, Gabriele Marewski purchased an abandoned five-acre avocado grove next door to her home. Filled with a dream and the drive, she founded Paradise Farms. Arden, Cheryl, Host Amy of the Pinecrest group, and a few members had the wonderful experience of touring this beautiful space and dining on Gabriele's fresh beautiful produce straight from the earth. Gabriele is wonderful! Respecting the principles of sacred geometry and the ancient art of Feng Sui, the layout of the farm is centered on a circle of beds and a gazebo that was designed in collaboration with Robert Barns, a local architect, and Richard Medlock, a local artist. The farm started with lettuce in the circle beds and each season the planting expanded to a greater variety of products. The product line now includes Micro Greens, Herbs, many edible flowers, a popular Baby Greens mix, Heirloom Tomatoes, assorted Basil tops and Mint tops, baby root vegetables, honey and a variety of tropical fruits including Carambola, Jackfruit, Monstera, Mango, Avocado, Cotton Candy Fruit and Bananas. Paradise Farms also grows the highly nutritious and tasty Oyster Mushroom. Paradise Farms Organic incorporates Biodynamic principles which, among other things, encourage an intimate relationship with the land based on the energies of the earth, sun, moon and cosmos. The farm design supports its intention to work with nature’s energy. This idea produces a higher vibrating food and enriches its flavor. Paradise Farms is certified organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS) from Gainesville. All weeds are pulled by hand, all planting is done by hand, and all harvesting is done very selectively by hand.
Matt’s family expertise dates back four generations to his great-grandfather, Angus Benjamin McLean, who learned firsthand how to grow quality citrus without the help of today’s synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. His son, William Benjamin McLean (“Pappy”), carried on his father’s tradition, honing his growing philosophy, which advocates stewardship of the soil as the means to producing the healthiest, most nutritious crops possible. Today, this farm harvests amazing citrus, which you will often see in your box because it is one of our favorites! Ruby Grapefruits, Hamilin Oranges, Tangelos, and more!