Buying Local Food During The COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a massive impact on supply chains, with people unable to get necessities like toiletries, hand sanitizer, and food. If the big chain store is having a difficult time meeting demand, how are smaller local producers going to fare? How can we support local, direct-to-the-customer supply chains so farmers can stay in business? What are we going to do when we can’t simply go to our local farmers’ market?
Harvest to Order has been building an online marketplace to make it easy for farmers to create a profile and to upload their products/ produce online. Harvest to Order also gives access to market organizers like food hubs, co-ops, and farmers’ market to create online storefronts, making it easy for everyone to order their food online.
How Can We Setup Local Supply Chains?
If you’re a farmer or market organizer, use our easy-to-use online platform to create an online store. Our platform will manage your inventory, packing, and delivery reports, as well as manage your orders.
Our platform has been designed to be open and collaborative, so you can set up an online buyers’ group, food co-op, or farmers’ market, allowing you to combine your resources with other farmers to create a single marketplace for customers to buy your product. Our platform will allow you to manage your inventory and run delivery, packing reports, and more.
If you want to get started, please register and create your online storefront here!
Support Your Local Community
If you’re looking to buy local produce, there are going to be any number of options going forward through this pandemic.
Like UMaine cooperative extension https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/farm-product-and-pickup-directory/