Cathy and Robby Clay unexpectedly set up at the Winter Garden Farmers Market in 2014 when a surplus of fresh kale was going to be wasted at a local farm. Cathy and Robby couldn’t bear to allow this large amount of fresh product to go to waste, and picked the entire batch themselves. The entire lot sold sold out at their market debut.
Today you may know Cathy and Robby's business as Farmacy Orlando. They continue to have a presence at the Winter Garden Farmers Market, and while their storefront closed in early 2020, they continue to offer fresh produce, eggs, poultry, and meats through their online market, which is available for curbside pick up at two locations.
Earlier this year, Farmacy Orlando and the 4Roots Foundation joined forces to extend their aligned missions to put healthy local food in the hands of the community, support local farmers, create a sustainable food system, and educate the community about the food chain.
Currently 4Roots and Farmacy Orlando operate out of the 4Roots warehouse located on Princeton Street, just outside downtown Orlando. In the future, the 4Roots Foundation plans to open a farm campus that will continue to embody the mission through education and hands on experience once open.
4Roots recently opened a cafe located inside the Orlando Science Center, where fresh local food is served to visitors while providing a teaching opportunity. The cafe features a "Food Heroes" exhibit that highlights local farmers and educates visitors on sustainable farming, food waste, and food scarcity.
Through the Feed the Need program, Farmacy Orlando and 4Roots Foundation have been sourcing local food and giving it to those in need. Many supply chains were disrupted throughout the last year, and instead of letting fresh food go to waste, the partnership has allowed it to be placed with families across Central Florida.
4Roots and Farmacy Orlando continue to expand their footprint on the community, and have some exciting projects in the works. Keep up with them on social media: @FarmacyOrlando @4RootsFarmCampus