Local Vendors

Food is a part of our daily lives. What we eat, how it gets to us, the ways in which it is grown, produced, and/or processed – all of these things have far-reaching effects on our society and our environment. As part of Gator Dining’s commitment to sustainability, we strive to source as much of our food from local and organic sources as possible. By reducing our carbon footprint, we can reduce our marginal impact on the UF community.

We place preference on purchasing locally in three tiers

  1. From within 250 miles of campus
  2. Within the state of Florida
  3. Within the Southeast U.S. (GA, AL, TN, SC, NC, MS)

Sweetwater Organic Coffee

  • Variety of roasts and flavored coffee including Gator Glory Blend
  • Local roasted 2.5 miles from campus
  • Fair Trade Federation, Rainforest Alliance, and USDA Organic certified
  • More information HERE

Fresh Point Produce

    • Fresh Point is our produce supplier that works with 35+ Florida farms to supply to Gator Dining
    • Gator Dining and Fresh Point work closely to work with local farmers to source UF students with local fresh produce

Here is a list of a few farms that we source via Fresh Point

    1. Gro-Eco in Madison, FL
    2. Lambeth Groves in Vero Beach, FL
    3. Wishnatzki Farms in Plant City, Fl
    4. Winter Park Dairy in Winter Park, FL
    5. High Springs Orchard in High Springs, FL
    6. Driscolls in Dover, FL
  • For more information and farmer bios at www.eatfloridafresh.com

Uncle Matt’s Organics

  • Florida’s largest organic citrus producer
  • Makes Organic Orange Juice, Lemonade, Apple Juice and Grapefruit Juice

Sysco Jacksonville

  • Sysco is our main supplier for our food across campus
  • Sysco works with many North Central Florida food producers to source Gator Dining with local items
    • Village Bread & Bagels in Jacksonville, FL
    • Beaver Street Fisheries in Jacksonville, FL
    • Mayport C&C Fisheries in Jacksonville, FL
    • Annie Euro American Bakery in Longwood, FL
    • Dixie Egg Company in Jacksonville, FL
    • White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA
    • Sunset Farm Foods in Valdosta, GA

TG LEE Dairy

  • TG LEE Dairy serves as our milk supplier for campus
  • They have two processing facilities in Orlando and Orange City, FL
  • They source their milk through multiple dairy farms throughout Florida and Georgia

Tropical Foods

  • Tropical Foods nuts and mixes are produced in Orlando, FL
  • Available in bulk to serve yourself at Beaty P.O.D. Market, Graham Oasis, P.O.D. Market at the Reitz Union, HUB, and Rawlings Plaza
  • More information HERE

Flowers Bakery

  • Flowers Bakery is headquartered in Thomasville, GA and has a processing plant in Jacksonville, FL
  • A majority of the bread served in our dining halls are made within a 250 mile radius of Gainesville, FL