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Local. Fresh. Organic.
Jessica’s Organic Farm has been growing a sustainable Sarasota through organic agriculture since 1979. We are one of the original organic growers in Florida, offering the best organic selection in Sarasota. We believe it's important to give back to the community. We donate produce to the local food bank, and starter plants to public schools. On the weekend, our farm and market is open to the public, and you can see one of Florida's premiere organic farms in action.
Whether grown in our own fields or imported from other farms, the food sold at Jessica's is 100% Certified Organic. There are no genetically modified organisms, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers in our organic produce, and no antibiotics or hormones in the dairy we sell. We offer local, grass-fed raw milk from Myakka City, and eggs from Amish pasture-raised hens.
On our market days, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, produce is harvested continuously right before your eyes, and is available for sale within hours, or even minutes of being picked. Because it hasn’t spent days in transit and commercial coolers, our farm-fresh produce will last up to two weeks in your fridge! This is the definition of farm-to-table.
Visit Jessica's for all your organic produce needs!
Bill and Pam Pischer began leasing the five-acre property in 1978 and purchased it several years later. Jessica's Stand started out as a strawberry "U-pick," where customers picked their own berries, weighed them, and left payment in a cash box.
With the help of local builder/carpenter Michael Lasche, the Pischers constructed many of the buildings on the property, including the pole barn which today houses the farmstand. Lasche also helped to create the rear guesthouse/office, which was originally a barn, and participated in building our seed shed and the first plant nursery.
A more modern nursery was built in 2017. The new nursery suffered damage in September 2017 during Hurricane Maria, but was repaired with the help of donations from the community.
In March of 2020, Jessica's remained open as an essential business during the Coronavirus pandemic, and began offering produce delivery and pickup to reduce crowding and serve those isolating at home. A Covid-19 relief fund was established to help reduce food insecurity in the community.
For more history, check out our press.
Maureen "Momo" Freehill Performs Butoh at Jessica's Farm.
"Butoh ( 舞踏 ) is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movemen [...] It typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all..."
Fantastic!! Its like being on the farm..the freshness, the smells..well I guess that's because it is the farm!! Almost all, maybe everything, Is organic. Lots of local grown. A long term sustainable part of our local community. Refreshing!! And on a beautiful cool Sunday afternoon, the place was hopping.. with a cool friendly vibe.
BEST farm EVER! Been here for decades... small, family owned, quality organic produce. They grow much of what they sell right there and get a lit from other local organic farms as well. Great prices and quality! Their lettuce is AMAZING and their spinach .... OH MY! Try it, and you'll be addicted!
I love supporting local small businesses. Shopped here for many years and find their food to be so fresh and much of it is grown and picked right there... They help me build the best salads, and provide me with the best quality produce for my 'juicing routine,' which helps ward off the major diseases that afflict so many! They say 80% of our diet should be raw and fresh, and Jessica's certainly helps me with that! My saying is: 'Juice not drugs!'