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. 

Welcome to the Chef’s Corner with Chef Amy.  My culinary training is from The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC where I studied health supportive culinary arts. You wouldn’t believe how many bean dishes we made during the program and how surprisingly easy they are to put together!  Dried legumes are the way to start a healthful, blood sugar regulating, protein and nutrient rich dish.  Canned and tetra packed legumes may contain added salts or other unwanted ingredients, they are more costly and most are packaged in BPA lined containers.  So, don’t be afraid of dried legumes - they are easier to work with than you think!

Soaking your beans prior to cooking is ideal.  This helps to release the phytic acid which can cause bloating and gas.  I like to soak my beans for at least 8 hours in filtered water.  If something comes up and I can’t cook them that night, I simple change the soaking water every 8 hours until I do have time to cook them.

When you are ready to cook your beans, put them in a pot and cover them with 2-3 inches of filtered water.  I like to add a bay leaf or a piece of kelp and a pinch of sea salt.  Bring the beans to a boil and skim the white foam and discard.  After the foaming subsides, stir the pot, lower to a simmer and cover.  Depending on the bean and your preference for texture, simmer for 20-90 minutes.  Most beans are ready in about 40 minutes.  Check multiple beans for doneness.  I like to smash them between my thumb and forefinger to check.  If it smashes easily, they’re ready.

Cowboy Caviar Recipe Outline

½ lb. Black-eyed peas, cooked and drained

½ lb. tomatoes, diced

½ lb. peppers, diced

¼ lb. onions, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. herbs, minced

2 T. citrus juice

sea salt and black pepper to taste


Toss everything together and enjoy.  This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.

I consider recipes to be an outline for the real dish.  Recipes can teach you techniques and an overall concept of a dish.  Substitutions are always welcome- especially when your focus is local.  A recipe that was created in Seattle, might not have every ingredient readily available in Central Florida, well without a heavy carbon food-print at least.  So don’t fret if you don’t have everything on the list, just go with the flow.  Fresh is always best and local is always freshest!

Tomatoes are available from Pure Produce and Kissimmee’s Green Place.  You can choose between roma, grape, cherry, beefsteak and yellow taxis.

Peppers are available from Pure Produce and Kissimmee’s Green Place.  You can choose between red, green, cubanelle and holland.

Kissimmee’s leeks, Global Organics’ shallots or cipollini onions will be delicious.

For herbs, try Pure Produce’s Cilantro, Sista Suzie’s spicy oregano, sorrel or parsley or even Kissimmee’s dill.

Lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit will give a nice punch.  You might even want to add a little zest too.


If you have any questions, email me:  volunteer@homegrowncoop.org

Bon Appetit!
Chef Amy