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Daily Planet, Sarasota Edition, March 20-26, 2002

In one of Sarasota's uneventful subdivisions, across the street from Crystal Lakes golf course, is an incongruous sight: DeSoto Lakes Organics farm. Two days a week, customers swarm Jessica's Stand, the farm's on-location retail outlet. The attraction: fresh out of the ground, certified organically grown produce.

Written by Kim Burns, LA DOLCE VITA, June 25, 2018

Every Monday morning, bright and early, Sarasota and Bradenton locals meet at Jessica’s Organic Farm to help glean various vegetables to be donated to All Faiths Food Bank. Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested. Volunteers are given a list of vegetables that are ready for harvest, and then put themselves to work!


Written by Susan Burns

Just a short drive east of U.S. 301 off DeSoto Road, surrounded by suburbia and a stone’s throw from a golf course, is a ramshackle collection of two houses, a greenhouse and a big, rickety roadside stand. It’s all surrounded by row after row of lush green plants; and if you’re lucky enough to drive by on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, you can pull over and purchase some of the freshest, most flavorful produce you’ll ever taste in your life.

Written by Ashton Goggans
Edible Sarasota - Fall 2012.

If you ever have the pleasure to talk with Bill Pischer, owner of North Sarasota’s Jessica’s Organic Farm, you’ll certainly find yourself on the receiving end of some serious opinions. But they aren’t unfounded, and if you listen long enough, well, you’ll find that the man has some points.

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Written by by Keith Richards - Southern Sustainable Farming, March 1996, published by Southern SAWG.

While touring the five-acre market garden at DeSoto Lakes Organics, I was struck by the serenity of the place. Songbirds sang from tall pines on the edge of the property as owner Bill Pischer and two employees quietly prepared garden beds and transplanted seedlings. Even though a subdivision of houses looms across the street to the north and a golf course lies 300 yards to the east, sounds were muffled in the middle of this oasis.

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