A new way to buy local
We wrote about Potsdam grower Daniel Martin’s plans for a new style of farmstand a few months ago, and now it’s up and a running. Martin’s market isn’t at the village square; it’s in the gathering place of the future – online.
Photo courtesy Daniel and Mendy Martin
I tried to check it out Monday morning, but I was too early. That’s the time farmers post new inventory, and customers can order Monday afternoons, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Well, it’s early Wednesday afternoon now, so let’s check out how it works.
Here’s the website: http://martinsfarmstand.locallygrown.net/welcome
We need to create an account. Easy enough (note to self: write down username and password.)
OK, there’s a page explaining the online farmstand concept – but let’s just get to the shopping. I’m wanting local produce.
I click on “The Market,” and here we go. Everything from flowers to sausage on sale. Photos, prices. I’m moving on to the “vegetables” section.
Mmmm…. Local asparagus. $3 a bunch. That’s cheaper than at the store.
This is cool. It shows me the grower, and how many bunches are available.
Now, how do I order?
OH NO!!! They’ve already closed down shopping for the week. Ack! They stop taking orders Wednesday at noon.
Well, I guess it’ll have to wait until next week.
Lesson: like any other farm market, you’ve got to shop the online stand when it’s open for business.
Tags: agriculture, business, csa, farmers market, farming, food