Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Big Red Barn big on locally produced food

RIVERVIEW — Walk through the indoor, air-conditioned farmer's market near the corner of Interstate 75 and Gibsonton Drive off Exit 250 and it quickly becomes apparent what new owners Chris and Courtney Phillips are trying to bring to The Big Red Barn.

Locally sourced food.

The life-sized strawberry has been sitting on the roof of the building like a cake topper since 2013, but the Phillips recently remodeled with some new offerings. Fresh produce shoppers can let their young children play in the kid's corner while they pick up staples such as large watermelons for $3.99 or five ears of sweet corn for $2.

The Big Red Barn carries more than 300 types of produce, including many organic options from Riverview's A Simpler Place Farm & Market. Raw honey is available from Old Florida Bee Company (Sarasota and Manatee) and dairy products come straight from Myakka City's Dakin Dairy Farm.

Local chef Joseph Gregory offers meals ready to eat from his catering company called To The Table, starting at $9.99. Just heat and serve.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of Joe from Foundation Coffee, a Tampa Heights and Riverview favorite for more than a year, and multiple options for the sweet tooth. You can grab a scoop or two of Revolution Ice Cream, which brought newfangled flavors like Porky's Delight (vanilla and bacon brittle) to Brandon when it opened in 2013. Whatever Pops, a Tampa-area handcrafted, natural, gourmet ice pops company, uses locally sourced farmer's market ingredients to make its $3.50 frozen treats.

The Big Red Barn also carries specialty items you would expect to find at a market including fresh bread, Amish Wedding brand jams, herbs, cheeses, dips, salsas, plants and flowers. You might not expect to find kambucha, but the healthy beverage has grown so much in popularity recently that you can pick up a few bottles of the fermented tea.

The Big Red Barn is located at 10070 Fern Road in Riverview and is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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