Growing Synergy Foods is a small business with a large vision. Growing Synergy Foods is local food distribution company that champions locally grown, and independently crafted foods throughout Central Florida. We work with farmers and artisans alike to bring the finest and freshest ingredients to foodservice establishments. Through events such as on-farm breakfasts, food tastings, fruit and vegetable pickings, and other special activities – Growing Synergy Foods fills a necessary niche in the growing local food movement. A segment of Florida’s population is passionate about knowing who grows their food, and understanding exactly where their food comes from. Growing Synergy is committed to that population — and growing it. As local and organic farmers cultivate the land in which we live, our company cultivates a following that is truly a fellowship of food. We invite your ideas, your recipes, your products, your time, and your participation in this important project that brings all of us closer to the soil.
- Grass-fed beef
- Pastured lamb
- Pastured pork
- Pasture raised, and free-range chicken
- Raw-milk cheeses
- Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables
- Artisan breads and pastries
- Healthy beverages
- Sea salt
- Hot sauces
- Jams and jellies
We have a passion for localizing our food system, and met through the local chapter of the International food sustainability organization, Slow Food®. Our combined commitment to a sustainable food model, coupled with industry experience, has positioned us to develop a company dedicated to the future of food.
Our company started in May 2011 with consultation services, and by August 2011 we were on the road providing Florida chefs and consumers with proteins including beef, lamb, veal, poultry, eggs and dairy from Central Florida Farms. Our goal in 2013 is to expand upon our list of offerings, and to provide access to these foods to additional Florida markets.
Trisha Warner Strawn, Managing Partner
Trisha Warner Strawn is a Managing Partner at Growing Synergy. Ms. Strawn just completed her term as Co-Leader of Slow Food Orlando along with Rebecca Reis-Miller. Under their direction, Slow Food Orlando had the first annual Eat Local Week in the Central Florida. This multiple participant event provided funding for 5 of the 11 Florida delegates who attended the International Slow Food Conference, Terra Madre in Turin, Italy where Ms. Strawn and Ms. Reis-Miller represented Florida. Ms. Strawn and her father, David Strawn, were selected as Innovative Farmer of the Year during the Small Farms Conference in 2010. Ms. Strawn was the only rancher representing the farmer when 700 Chefs/Artisans/Writers attended the Let’s Move Campaign held on the Front Lawn of the White House. Ms. Strawn was appointed Florida Food Policy Chairman in April, 2010. Her varied accomplishments have meant that Trish is often requested to speak at different events throughout the state, television, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.
Jen Larsen brings a unique perspective to Growing Synergy, with a diverse background in psychology, nutrition, marketing, and yoga. She is passionate about teaching people to be healthier by eating healthier. Her own health took a turn in 2011 when symptoms of an autoimmune disease surfaced, and a Paleo diet (no grains, no dairy, no legumes) has since virtually cleared her issues. She extols the virtues of healthy fats and “clean meat” to anyone who will listen. With an eye for accuracy and organization, she helps hold down the fort at the GS offices and warehouse.
Kayla Mitchell, Operations Manager
Kayla, a University of Central Florida finance graduate, grew up in the Orlando area. She is currently pursuing her MBA while working with businesses, including Growing Synergy Foods, at the UCF Business Incubator and Venture Lab. Kayla firmly believes in supporting local businesses because of their positive impact on the economy. That belief is why she joined our team; well, that … and she mentioned that Trish makes an amazing steak!
Michael Sterner, Growing Synergy Chef
As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a member of the American Culinary Federation, Chef Michael has seen every side of the food industry. He has worked at some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants all along the east coast including helping open the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Pinehurst Golf Resort and Disney’s Artist Point. Michael’s classical and nutritional training along with over 13 years of experience has made him versatile in cuisines and techniques from all around the world.
Leslie Hoyt, Contractor
A new addition to the Growing Synergy team, Leslie currently helps with the website and online store updates. Her passion for fresh local and organic foods started when she changed the way she cooked and ate in order to raise her young son as a child who would eat his veggies and proteins happily. Now with two boys (three including her husband), she knows that the best tasting foods are the freshest foods and the freshest foods are local foods!