It’s sorta kinda like Fall…

The Farmers are covered in soil and sweat, the fields are a mix of green, brown, and yellow, and the greenhouse is full of life again.  It’s October, and the hint of cooler weather reminds us that the start of Sweetwater’s harvest “season” are just around the corner.

We have some important dates for our CSA Members and some fun events that are open to the entire Sweetwater community, so flip the page to October and tune in to our weekly emails for more detailed information.  (If you haven’t already, you can sign up to receive our weekly email updates by scrolling to the bottom of our home page and entering your email address.)

Before our “season” officially begins, we have several important dates to make note of.  First is our 9th Annual Planter’s Ball on Saturday, October 22nd.  This is one of two fundraising parties we host at the Farm.  (Planter’s Ball is our season-opening party in October, and Pesto Festo is our season-ending party in May.)  We invite all CSA members and non-members to join us in celebrating the start of another great year.  Tickets are $10 at the entrance.  Bring your favorite pot-luck dish (no meat please) and enjoy the first farm-fresh veggies of the season, delicious bread and desserts from Whole Foods, organic beer from St Somewhere Brewery, and live local music with Rob Irie.  This is a family-friendly event and a great way to meet other members of our community.  We need volunteers to help out with the event, so Contact Us if you want to get a head-start on your volunteer hours for the season.

Did you know that “Food Day” is Monday, October 24th?  Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.  Sweetwater Farm and Whole Foods Market invite you to participate in our Food Day event by doing your grocery shopping at Whole Foods in Tampa on Monday, October 24th when 5% of the proceeds for the day will directly benefit Sweetwater Farm!  More details will come soon…

And finally, we’ve planned a New Member and Volunteer Orientation at the farm on Saturday, October 29th.  New Member orientation will be from 10-10:30; a farm tour is scheduled from 10:30-11; and Volunteer orientation will follow from 11-11:30.

We have a handful of memberships available for any returning members from last season.  (We are not accepting applications from new members at this time).  If you are a returning member and would like to sign up for this season please Contact Us right away.

Until then,

Andrea Harms

Program Director, Sweetwater Farm

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