Sweet Peas Cafe

Dunedin, FL


Sweet Peas Café is a community-centered, organic, parent-friendly café.  We are located in historic downtown Dunedin. We are lucky to have 10,000 square feet of enclosed yard, which has been transformed into a combined play space, eating area, and garden. The yard is surrounded by a NABA-certified Butterfly Habitat, bees included! Twenty percent of the yard is currently transitioning into a garden where we will grow our own herbs and vegetables. We compost the food our customers do not eat, as well as food scraps, boxes, and coffee grounds from our daily prep work. We host environmentally responsible parties and community events for all ages almost daily.


Some of our community events include; the Dunedin Mardi Gras VIP area, craft fairs, music classes, birthday parties (all ages), anniversary parties, baby showers, the Suncoast Waldorf School Spring Gala, maypole celebrations, Easter egg hunts, yoga, CPR classes, going-away parties, and much more! People enjoy being downtown in a natural setting. We do not use pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Folks enjoy sitting in our natural wood furniture under our old growth oak trees. Children have simple toys to play with in the yard such as: a sandbox, wooden playhouse, balls, hula-hoops, and bubbles. Our food is mostly organic, healthy, and encourages children and adults to eat a healthy, balanced meal.



Sweet Peas Café is committed to setting an example by doing what many people say is too complicated for a small business. We compost, grow our own food when we can, buy local, and avoid the use of chemicals. Many menu items are made from scratch such as the mustard, honey mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, chocolate sauce for coffee, caramel, dressings, hummus, croutons, pizza sauce, pancakes, breads, and baked goods. In addition to the great food, it is a true community-gathering place. The property is an environment where families are nourished with good food while enjoying the natural environment, all while being served by employees who truly enjoy their day at work.


Danielle Pastore, owner of Sweet Peas Café told Green America, “We are very honored to accept this award. In a world of conventional restaurant models and business models, it is very challenging for small busineses to find extra resources that will fund ideas that are outside of the box. This award money is really going to be put good use. For four years, we have had a plan to use the west side of the property as an organic garden space where customers are able to eat, party, and play where food is grown. Thank you for helping to make our dream into a reality, to help us to give our customers a unique experience."