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SWFL Produce is different from the traditional, one farm CSA. We are a co–op that works closely with different farms, which means variety for our members. Owners Derek and Elizabeth are always looking for different, and unique produce to keep this program exciting. We provide numerous pickup locations and home delivery. Be sure to check out our Recipe Packs which are affordable, convenient and we have a varied selection to satisfy everyone. We thank you for visiting our site.

Located in Punta Gorda, Swfl Produce is a Local family operated Farm and Co Op. Owners Derek and Elizabeth Coquillard believe in a culture that is committed to the environment and community. This dynamic duo runs the Largest CSA is South West Florida with the help of a hardworking,& dedicated team.

The Coquillard Family team truly believes that each day, if we commit to do our best, practice honestly, support our community, and work together with respect, we will create a business that has a soul. When you choose us, know that you will be receiving a quality product that was produced with the Values of The Coquillard Family.

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Elizabeth Coquillard a long time native of Swfl, and graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University handles a little bit of everything from processing weekly orders, to picking fresh fruits and veggies on the farm.

Elizabeth is a mother of three, and believes all kids deserve a healthy start! Her passion to help children overcome child obesity by encouraging them to eat healthy each and every day. Fitness, and healthy eating is very important to Elizabeth.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge of sourcing healthy, nutritional food to the community. Her motto is Be Healthy, and Be Happy!

 

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Derek Coquillard originally from Indiana, always had a passion for Farming from a young age. In 2014 he made a leap of faith to fulfill his longtime dream. That dream was to start his own farm in Punta Gorda, specializing in growing sustainable, delicious Fruits and Veggies. Along with his partner Steve, with hard work and dedication Florganica Farms was created.

Aside from farming, Derek also travels the state going from farm to farm gathering all the Fruits and Veggies from our partners needed for the Co Op. Of course, taste testing the produce is his specialty.

As a father of three his vision is to teach his kids, and other kids in the community the importance of sustainable agriculture. If you are looking for Derek he is either on his tractor or fishing! Happy to say his dream came true!

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Steven Ceracche is a third generation farmer from Ithaca, New York. He grew up on a small apple orchard in upstate New York. He graduated from University at Albany in 2007 with a BS Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology.

Steven has over 15 years of agricultural experience, specialized in hydroponic agriculture production. He lived in Northern California and Portland, Oregon building, managing and consultation services for various different types of crops and growing environments.

He moved to south Florida and joined the SWFL Produce team. Together with Derek and Elizabeth Coquillard, Florganica Farms was formed in Punta Gorda, Florida. This young Farms goal is to produce local fruits and vegetables year round. We have built 2 large greenhouse production facilities at our 5 acre farm and are focused on tomato production to feed the people of south Florida.

Other crops that we grow at our farm are zucchini, squash, Florida sweet onions, red onions, pineapples, mangoes, papaya, pineapples, Swiss chard, tomatoes, peppers, bananas, sugar apples, soursop, lychees, jack fruit, yellow dragon fruit, miracle berries, and new additions every season!

We Partner with Local Farms and Bulk Wholesale Outlets

Depending on which season it is, we partner with the most local, organic, pesticide free, sustainable farmers in South Florida. We then purchase in bulk, items that will never grow in Florida such as Grapes, Apples and so on. By purchasing in bulk we are able to pass the discount savings on to our members.

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