Our philosophy is centered on our community. We support local growers and love that we are able to help their businesses flourish. We take great pride in partnering with these organizations to provide our customers and guests with their fresh, vibrant produce in LOCALE Market and FarmTable Kitchen.
Each month, LOCALE Market spotlights a purveyor providing fresh product to guests. Keep reading to find out which of our local suppliers is in the spotlight this month!
GAMBLE CREEK FARMS
In 2013, Ed Chiles signed a long-term lease to operate Gamble Creek Farm on in Parrish, a 30 minute drive south of St. Petersburg on the east side of Tampa Bay. For Chiles, the chief executive officer of The Chiles Group and son of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, the farm was a bet that area restaurants would support sustainable farming. The goal: To pick vegetables in the morning that are served at restaurant later that day.
Today, Gamble creek cultivates 15 acres of organic crops as well as hydroponic vegetables. Each November, the farm becomes a production house for botarga, the sun-cured roe of locally caught striped mullet. The rest of the fish is used as fertilizer.
“We’ve got to do these things because they are important and they speak to who we are,” he says. “They speak to what our values are.”
OTHER FARMS & GROWERS
IN OUR COMMUNITY…
3 BOYS FARM
BLUE GROTTO FARMS
3 BOYS FARM
LETTUCE, HERBS, TOMATOES
This farm operated by Robert Tornello in Ruskin, just south of Tampa, grows pesticide-free organic lettuce, herbs, tomatoes and other vegetables hydroponically. The farm also utilizes a rainwater catchment system to minimize the operation’s ecological impact, saving them from pumping thousands of gallons from the ground aquifer for irrigation.