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Fat Beet Farm Kitchen & Bakery is a sustainable foodie oasis in Tampa

exterior of a red barn with string lights handing over the patio
Photo via Fat Beet Farm

Fat Beet Farm’s Instagram gives me a whole lot of joy. My grandpa owned and worked an orchard, and all the land around me as a kid was used for agriculture. I’m talking cows, cornfields and horses. Tampa has a fantastic, thriving downtown area, with multiple sprawls of gorgeous architecture and small businesses. While I love the boom, it’s also nice to step outside the city and breathe some farm air. Fat Beet offers a darn fine respite — with ample food to boot.

This patch of well kept paradise (13830 W Hillsborough Avenue) has a simple mission: To grow using green initiatives, learn, eat, and connect around the garden table.

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three carrot cake muffins on plate with cream cheese frosting on top
Sink your teeth into carrot cake muffins | Photo: Fat Beet Farm
cinnamon rolls behind a pastry case
Fresh cinnamon rolls at Fat Beet Farm | Photo: Fat Beet Farm

Owners Jen and Tim Curci began the Fat Beet journey back in 2013. The pair bought “a ragged piece of coastal Florida land” with a vision to build a farm in the heart of Tampa Bay to serve “delightfully tasty and nutritious farm-to-table food to the local community,” write the owners.

Initially the pair dug a well for freshwater on the property only to find that saltwater intrusion made it un-useable, so they had to begin collecting rain water. They had tons of food waste and dead plant matter, but didn’t want to send it to the dump, so they began composting. They needed power in the back of the farm, so they installed a solar grid.

a yoga class takes place inside an open space with large floor-to-cieling windows
Enjoy yoga on the farm | Photo: Fat Beet Farm
rows of produce growing inside a greenhouse

Once they partnered with USF, they excitedly built a bio-digester to produce natural fertilizer slurry from food scraps. Ultimately, the Curcis wanted to show everyone a better way to farm, and a different model for how we produce the food that we eat. In 2020 the Fat Beet Foundation was born, and now the mission has changed: feed people food with integrity, in a beautiful setting, and show everyone how to eat well without destroying the land it is grown in.

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Fat Beet Farm is open for guided tours, tour specifically for kids, microgreen workshops, bug expos, boozy yoga, markets and more. You can book tours and learn more about upcoming events on Fat Beet’s website. You can also put your green thumb to work and get your hands dirty during volunteer days at the farm.

a biscuit breakfast sandwich
A biscuit breakfast sandwich at Fat Beet Farm | Photo: Fat Beet Farm
fried chicken sandwich served on a biscuit with honey dripping down the bun
The fried chicken biscuit at Fat Beet Farm

Visit: 13830 W Hillsborough Ave

Wednesday – Friday: 10am-5pm
Hot Food Including Sandwiches Served Until 3:00 PM. Bakery Items Subject to Availability

Saturday – Sunday: 9am-4pm
Hot Food Including Sandwiches Served Until 3:00 PM. Bakery Items Subjectto Availability

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