We've been awarded a grant from the USDA!

A Simpler Place Farm & Market is pleased to announce we’ve been awarded a 3 year grant from the USDA for local food promotion. We are growing the local, organic, slow food movement here in Tampa Bay through our:

  • weekly local and organic farm boxes

  • farm store, open Wed-Sun

  • exciting rotating list of monthly events: coffee talks, workshops, kids farm camps, etc.

A Simpler Place grew out of owner, Renee Watley's, desire to repair her broken relationship with food. "I was exhausted by living that type of lifestyle." Renee began A Simpler Place in 2013 in a small shed with a walk in cooler, packing and delivering boxes herself. She is "passionate about providing an outlet for local farmers to sell their food... because they work so darn hard for what they grow." Fast forward to today, and A Simpler Place farm store has a brick and mortar building in Riverview, with a store, kitchen, and community event space where people can gather for field trips, workshops, and other events.

This USDA grant will allow A Simpler Place to expand our store hours, bringing you more local and organic food. We work with several local farms and ranches bringing you truly local, sustainably grown, produce including goodies from our own farm. We look forward to introducing you to all of the wonderful farms here in your local food community.

Our Store hours are Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm. In addition to our usual store offerings, we will have coffee, tea, and baked goods available. We invite you to sit a while under our beautiful oak trees, draped with Spanish moss. Wifi is free, and we know folks always find a sense of serenity when they visit our space. Study groups, and work meet-ups are encouraged.

The grant will also allow us to expand upon our partnership with Suncoast Compost. We are partnering with Suncoast Compost to grow a robust agritourism program. This includes classes for kids to adults, summer camps, and special events. Adult classes offer a wide variety of interests: beekeeping, chickens, compost, baking, veggies, and more! We are looking forward to hosting school groups from small to large to gain hands-on experiential learning tailored to your curriculum needs. Contact us about our field trips. Our education team is experienced and knowledgable, ready to provide memorable experiences for all ages; Pre-k to college.

Finally, we are looking forward to hosting a variety of special events. Our farmette is a unique and rustic space. It is the perfect open setting for a wedding, birthday party, meet up, or church group.

Our goal is to grow community through food. We are excited for the recognition and support this grant from the USDA provides. We look forward to see you soon.