HOMEGROWN LOCAL FOOD COOPERATIVE

Homegrown Local Food Cooperative is your resource for locally grown organic produce, pastured eggs and meats, raw dairy, honey and a variety of artisanal goods for the home and garden.  

Homegrown goods are available every week through our Signature Online Farmer's Market.  Simply log in, shop and pick-up your local goods at our boutique farm store on Orange Avenue where Ivanhoe and Health Villages connect.

Our local Farmer's list what's growing each week and you get to pick what farm fresh goodies you want and, they are harvested just for you!

Our local Artisans cook and prepare to order what you have requested.

Quality and transparency are important at Homegrown, and you can shop with ease, knowing that we are looking out for the best tasting, healthiest, most nutritionally packed, unadulterated, local food available.  At Homegrown our goal is to source the best quality food grown as close to home as possible.


Our produce is grown without pesticides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers and never from GMO seeds!  Our animal products come from animals who are treated humanely and do not receive routine hormones or antibiotics.  Our artisanal  food products are made without preservatives or artificial ingredients.  Our artisanal home products are made without parabens or sulfates.  Our garden products come from our local organic farmers.  

Each product listed at our Online Farmer's Market is identified by the farm, kitchen or craftsman who is creating the unique offering.  To learn more about our Producers, visit the Producers section.

 

Online Farmer's Market Hours:
Tuesday at 9am through Friday at 9am

Boutique Farm Store Hours:
Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00pm and Monday from 2:00pm until 7:00pm

 

We accept cash, check, ebt and all major credit cards. 


Oct
23
4:30 pm16:30

Annual Member Meeting

All Owners are encouraged and welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at our store on Sunday October 23, 2016 at 4:30pm. The agenda for the meeting is included below. 

To help us plan for seating, please RSVP to volunteer@homegrowncoop.org

Sincerely,
Amy Rupert Secol
President
 

Agenda

Homegrown Annual Meeting 2016

1. State of the Union Address by President Amy Rupert Secol

2. Introduction of current Board members
Vice President: Tiffany Bailey
Secretary: Stephanie Lichtenstein
Treasurer: John Brownsord
Director: Patti Brownsord

3.  Membership Changes
New Agreement to be signed by all Owners

4.  Financial Update

5. Donation Request
Please bring a financial donation if you are able; cash, checks & credit cards welcomed


6. Open Forum

Cultivating Awareness through Meditation and Breathing
Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

Cultivating Awareness through Meditation and Breathing

  • Homegrown Co-op

Do you often feel caught in the mind trap of overthinking? Are you tired of never feeling fully present in the moment? If so, join us for our weekly class, Cultivating Awareness through Meditation and Breathing on Thursdays from 7-8PM. Jessica Smith, owner of Revitalize, happy + healthy guidance, will teach us how to cultivate a more calm and vibrant daily life through the practices of breath work and meditation.

No experience necessary except for a desire to create peace in your life. Seating will be available, but feel free to bring a yoga mat or a pillow if you would prefer to sit on the floor. Love donations accepted, with all proceeds donated to the co-op.

For more info: Jessica@HappyHealthyGuidance.com / www.facebook.com/happyhealthyguidance.com

Jul
24
7:30 pm19:30

Living Room Series - The Man with Elephant Hands

FACEBOOK EVENT

Jack Graham, Banks Helfrich and Tisse Mallon present independent local films in your living room. Living Room Screening events go beyond movie night and into a shared experience which includes the film, the creator and the reflections and thoughts of the audience.
This intimate experience consists of a number of previews, one short film, a feature and a conversation.

A few things for you to know:
- Due to the nature of this performance space, no late arrivals can be accommodated.
- While not lewd or vulgar, these films are recommended for ages 18 and up.
- The films lasts approx. 80 minutes.

NOTE: Due to limited space, we can only accommodate a certain number of people. If you have a plus one, we welcome them with open arms but please let your host know so that we have space for everybody!

The Man with Elephant Hands
Sid hates his hands; he thinks they look like elephant feet; so he hides them from everyone including himself.

FACEBOOK EVENT
 

Fresh Starts Cooking Camp
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Fresh Starts Cooking Camp

Join Chef Amy for Fresh Starts Cooking Camp and learn how to prepare healthy, seasonal and organic meals. This 6 part series focuses on whole organic food and teaches you how to cook it. At Fresh Starts Cooking Camp we use all organic ingredients and local vegetables. All classes are vegetarian and may also be vegan if Campers prefer not to include raw local honey. Fresh Starts Cooking Camp will guide you to become a seasoned home chef ready to prepare amaranth to zucchini and the fresh bounty that’s growing locally in your neighborhood. 

Each class includes a health and recipe packet along with resources on where to find the best quality food. Fresh Starts Campers will sample the dishes created and enjoy house made beverages.

Class Schedule:

Classes are held from 6-8pm on Tuesday evenings.

4/26/16 – Session 1:  Go Green.  Chef Amy will kick start the series with an educational lecture on how to identify and select quality ingredients. She will discuss the benefits of eating organically and the realities of how most of our food is produced. We will prepare seasonal dishes with local greens. Dishes may include depending on availability:  bok choi, kale, collard greens, sorrel, spinach and Swiss chard.

5/3/16 – Session 2:  Somewhere Over the Rainbow of Vegetables.  Chef Amy will explain how to select the freshest seasonal vegetables and the most nutritious ways to prepare them. Cutting and cooking techniques for fresh vegetables will be the focus. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate vegetables into every meal and snack of the day.

5/10/16 – Session 3:  Sea Vegetables Aren’t Just for Mermaids.  Chef Amy will identify a variety of sea vegetables and discuss the powerful health benefits of incorporating them in your regular diet. We will create easy dishes and snacks from these trace mineral rich treats from the sea.

5/17/16 – Session 4:  The Great Whole Grain.  Chef Amy will discuss what a whole grain is and the benefits of choosing whole over refined grains. We will identify a variety of whole grains including oats, quinoa, rice, amaranth, millet, freekah and farro.  Dishes we prepare will showcase how to incorporate whole grains at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

5/24/16 – Session 5: The Perfect Plant Protein.  Chef Amy will demonstrate the best ways to cook dried legumes. She will discuss the benefits of consuming legumes as a staple source of protein. We will cover how to create dips, salads and side dishes from our nutritious little seeds.

5/31/16 – Session 6:  Soups On!  Chef Amy loves vegetable soup all year round. Fresh soup is an easy meal, side dish or snack that you can make ahead of time and enjoy anytime of the day. We will learn how to make a fresh stock as a base for our homemade soup du jour.

Location:

Homegrown Local Food Cooperative

2310 N. Orange Ave.

Orlando, FL 32804

 

Tuition:

$225 for the entire Camp!

10% discount for cash payments!

 

To Register:

call or email Chef Amy

310.463.4678

amyrupert@mac.com

Or Register Online at http://www.tangibletaste.com/

Registration Deadline:  4/15/16.

Apr
3
4:30 pm16:30

Knife Skills 101

Join Chef Amy and learn how to save time in the kitchen and save money on bandages by learning to cut produce like a chef does. Dicing an onion takes less than a minute when you know how to do it like a pro. If you’re intimidated by a butternut squash, then come see how to determine the best way to take apart a hard gourd. Learn cutting techniques including matchstick, julienne, dice, mince and chiffonade. Bring your favorite sharp knives and your own cutting board to practice with. Practice produce provided. Organic snacks and tea served. Sunday April 3rd 4:30-6pm At Homegrown Local Food Cooperative

Mar
20
4:30 pm16:30

Quarterly Meeting

  • Homegrown Local Food Cooperative

All Lifetime Members are invited to attend Homegrown's Quarterly Board Meeting. 

Introduction to Meditation and Awareness for Children (and Parents!)
Jan
18
7:00 pm19:00

Introduction to Meditation and Awareness for Children (and Parents!)

This class will delicately introduce the practices of meditation and living in the present moment to your child(ren) and provide hands on exercises to help you incorporate these into your family life. If you, as the parent, have never delved into these practices, this is your opportunity to see how they can work with the family dynamic, by promoting a greater sense of peace and harmony; something every household could use.

Children of all ages are welcome, and must be accompanied by at least one family member. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 per additional child. Parents are free. (If you are a soon to be parent, feel free to come and learn!)

Please bring a small snack for your child and his or her favorite stuffed animal or toy. Both of these will be used in exercises to help explain the concept of living in the present moment.

Email Jessica@happyhealthyguidance.com for more info

Brian Hayes Live
Nov
21
12:30 pm12:30

Brian Hayes Live

  • Homegrown Local Food Coopeartive

Brian Hayes is a working vocalist, songwriter, arranger and composer, with a background ranging many genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Pop and more. In fall 2013 he received bachelor's degrees from the University of North Florida in the studies of Classical voice and in Jazz studies, primary instrument being voice. 

He has performed major roles in numerous operas, including Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and Menotti's "The Consul", oratorios, such as Handel's "Messiah" and Bach's "St. John's Passion", and theatrical productions, including  Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" and Leiber & Stoller's "Smokey Joe's Cafe".

He has performed with the UNF and UBC opera ensembles in two separate productions in the Czech Republic, Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte", and has toured with different groups in many different countries, including the UNF Chorale 2010 tour of Italy and the St. John's Cathedral Choir of Jacksonville 2014 tour of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, and a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines in 2014. 

He has performed with such noted performers and ensembles, including but not limited to; The Royal Symphony of England, Reggie Wooten, and in 2011 He performed onstage with Ben Folds at the Times Union Center in Jacksonville, FL, along with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. 

Sep
5
Sep 26

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers at Homegrown

Saturdays in September from Noon-4pm

9/5/15:
Daniel, Owner and Brew Master at Living Vitalitea will be sampling and selling seasonal Kombucha flavors on tap. Bring your Luv jug for refills.http://livingkombucha.com/

Gail, Owner and Farmer at Southern Vertical Gardens will be sampling her newest harvest of nutritional packed microgreens.

9/12/15:
Ashley, Owner and Chef at Sweet Utopian - Vegan Milk Bar will be sampling and selling her newest vegan creations.
http://www.sweetutopian.com/

9/19/15:
Deirdre, Owner and Chef at Soulfully Sweet will be sampling and selling her organic, gluten free, Non-Gmo cookies. http://soulfullysweet.com/

9/26/15:
Wendy, Owner and Chef at Poca’s Hottest will be sampling and selling her specialty sauces and seasonings. http://www.pocashottest.com/

Vegan WINE + CHEESE
Apr
30
7:30 pm19:30

Vegan WINE + CHEESE

Let's do it again!! 

Join us for samplings of wine and cheese, all certified vegan!! 

Our event will be held at Homegrown Co-op, however due to the long hours put in over the weekend to run their farmer's market, we are choosing to hold the event on a weekday evening, Thursday April 30th, out of courtesy to the hard working staff members. 

~ ~ FOOD OPTIONS TBA!! STAY TUNED :D  ~ ~ 

All profits from this event will be donated to the Homegrown Co-op and organizations that have recently undertaken the rescued animals from the illegal Miami slaughterhouse. Your donation of $15 (+ $1.75 processing fee*) will reserve one of the limited spots to the event. (No refunds, sorry!) 

Tickets will be limited to 60 for this event and MUST be bought in advance. 
Sale of tickets end April 23rd, 12 PM. ID's WILL BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR. 
We will try to have Raffle items avail for this event as well -- bring cash night of! 


(The Organizers will not profit off of this event. All donations received will go towards the necessary supplies, such as beverages, cheeses, nibbly bites, and Meetup processing fees*. All profits from this fundraiser will be split between The Homegrown Cooperative and an animal rescue/sanctuary/shelter in need! We believe in transparency, and receipts + deposits of money etc will be showcased for the masses to see. Again, we are not here to profit, just to help facilitate is all :D) 

Purchase Tickets at the Meetup Page! 

Central Florida Earth Day
Apr
25
10:00 am10:00

Central Florida Earth Day

  • Lake Eola

Central Florida Earth Day is back--bigger and better than ever! It will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at beautiful Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Please join us at the largest and most prestigious Earth Day event in Central Florida.

The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Earth Day will draw both committed environmentalists and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about environmentalism and the varied products and services that support an eco-friendly and a veg-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local environmental education and outreach.

For more information, visit www.CFEarthDay.org

Apr
17
Apr 18

Beyond Pesticide Forum

  • Florida A&M University College of Law

Those interested in pollinator and public health issues are fortunate that the 33rd national Beyond Pesticides forum will be in Florida for the first time and will be at the Florida A&M University College of Law  in downtown Orlando (201 Beggs Ave, Orlando, FL 32801). The Beyond Pesticides Forum is an annual event from the Washington, D.C. non-profit organization Beyond Pesticides, formed in 1981. 

The Beyond Pesticides Forum kicks off on Friday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. with a Pesticides 101 session, followed by a reception and keynote panel “Protecting Workers Health and the Environment: From Field to Table.” Participants in that panel include the staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety, executive director of the Florida Organic Growers, author of Project Animal Farm and the chef and co-owner of Cress Restaurant in Deland.

On Saturday, April 18, following breakfast, the morning keynote speaker is Dr. Louis Guillette, who as a zoologist at the University of Florida (UF) was the one who discovered problems in Lake Apopka’s alligator population, including diminished reproductive rates and physical and hormonal abnormalities. There follows a panel on State of the Science and Law, with experts from UF and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Then participants can choose among breakout sessions on Pesticides and Health Issues, Pollinator Protection, Water Quality, Local and Institutional Policies, or Recent Developments in Food and Agricultural Law. 

After lunch, a panel will discuss Agricultural Justice Labeling, the production manager of Uncle Matt’s Organic Farm will speak, and a panel will present on Organic Management Approaches and Cutting Edge Alternatives. In the late afternoon, participants can choose among breakout sessions on the following topics: Farmworker Leadership and Participation; Organic: Successes and Challenges; Land Management Practices; and Mosquitoes and Unwanted Species. 

Finally after a reception and dinner, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Integrative Biology Professor, University of California Berkeley, will give the final keynote address. Dr. Hayes, who at age 35 was the youngest professor at UC Berkeley to receive full tenure, has focused his research on the herbicide Atrazine, which has been sprayed on corn in the U.S. in the millions of pounds per year for more than a half-century. Hays has researched and documented Atrazine’s endocrine-disrupting effects on frogs, which indicate possible health effects on humans as well. 

Registration includes the Friday night reception and three organic meals on Saturday for the price of $45 ($20 student).

If you can’t attend, check out resources on moving beyond pesticides on the group’s website, www.beyondpesticides.org.

Mar
28
8:30 pm20:30

Four Season's Soiree

Sweet Utopian is having a party where you can taste items from all of their seasonal menus, enjoy some local musicians, and have a good time! It's on March 28th, 8:30pm-10pm so the party is short and sweet! 10% of ticket sales are going back to Homegrown Co-op! See you at the party!

Visit this LINK to purchase tickets!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-seasons-soiree-tickets-16025523773