Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market
RIVERVIEW: Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market @Winthrop, launching October 8, 2016 is a true farmer’s market in every sense.
Farmer’s Markets and Community
If you’re familiar with Winthrop in Riverview you’ve likely felt the sense of community the area brings. This didn’t happen by accident.
Winthrop, on Bloomingdale Rd., is the result of John and Kay Sullivan’s vision to develop and build a traditional community that includes a centralized area of shops, restaurants and services, all within walking distance of residential neighborhoods. Winthrop feels like the small towns of years gone by, where you run into your neighbor at the post office, or stop to visit with people on their front porch.
The new Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market, launching October 8, 2016 in The Common area at Winthrop is another extension of the Sullivan’s community vision.
A Brand New Farmer’s Market
With the encouragement and support of John and Kay Sullivan, Carolyn Scott, a recently retired educator of 35 years, and her son, Odell, a fireman and micro-greens farmer, are launching the Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market @Winthrop.
“Our goal is for the Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market to be here forever,” Carolyn says. “We want to develop a market that becomes an integral part of this community.”
Odell, Carolyn’s son and the market’s co-manager, has participated as a vendor, selling his micro-greens, in several local markets. He’s lending his experience to the organizational side of the market, while Carolyn is using her new-found free time to find vendors and market the market.
A True Farmer’s Market
Tru-Harvest Farmer’s Market @Winthrop is a traditional farmer’s market. Vendors must come from within 100 miles of the market, and all vendors must grow or make their own products. There will be no commercial vendors or re-sellers.
Looking for Backyard Farmers!
“It’s a bit challenging to find enough local farmers, but we’re committed to making Tru-Harvest a ‘community’ market,” Carolyn says. “We’re definitely encouraging local backyard farmers to participate.”
In addition to drawing area residents to the market, another goal is to encourage Winthrop and area restaurants to buy from these local vendors.
To date, Tru-Harvest has secured vendors who produce homemade jams and jellies, grow micro-greens and vegetables and produce meat and eggs. The Good Samaritan Mission, in Wimauma, will sell plants (proceeds to benefit the mission).
“We’re looking for backyard farmers,” Carolyn says, “to be vendors.”
Details and Contact Information
Launch: October 8, 2016
Location: Winthrop Common, Bloomingdale Road, Riverview, Florida
Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, October through spring.
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Website (vendor application): www.tru-harvestmarket.com
Phone: 813-833-2436 or 813-294-7355