Too busy to go to the local Farmer’s Market? Not enough time to research where to find grass fed beef or free range eggs? Have no fear, the Fairfield Farmers Market Online is available to anyone in Franklin County who can log on to yourfarmstand.com. Click on “What’s For Sale?” and then pull down “Franklin County, VT” and prepared to be awed by the vast variety available.
It is an amazing resource that allows customers to purchase local, healthy foods from over 50 vendors. You just set up an account, and scroll down the extensive list of products to make your choices. The items include local fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, honey, lotions, soaps, baked goods, maple syrup, canned goods and artistic products! At checkout you choose your pick up site, which includes locations in Fairfax, Enosburg, St. Albans and Swanton. When you show up, all of your items are ready to go home with you.
The program started in May 2011 out of the Bent Northrop Memorial Library. In its infancy, it only served Fairfield, but quickly grew. Kristen Hughes, the Healthy Roots coordinator says, “We provide consumers with a year round opportunity to buy from the farmers right in their community. They can order at midnight and pay with a credit card.” It does not get any more convenient than that to have access to local, fresh foods.
The farmers involved range vastly in size and quantity of production, but importantly, the farmer’s have complete control over their pricing and inventory. They manage their own listings and receive 85% of the sale, which is much higher than a traditional retail market. The other huge advantage to the farmers is that it is convenient for them as well. Hughes says, “They don’t have to sit at a market all day. They fill the orders they receive on Thursday mornings and bring the products to a central aggregation site. Then, they can head back to the farm.” The farmers are also accessible to the consumers. If you have a question about a product, you can ask the farmer directly and get an answer.
The market runs all year long. Check it out, support your local farmer and enjoy some healthy food!