I recently came across an article about Farmigo. com. Perhaps you have heard of it, but in case you have not, I felt that this new way of “buying local” was certainly worth sharing. As many of you know, the popularity of going to farmer’s markets to support local farmers has grown exponentially over these past few years. Like most of us, I felt that by purchasing from the market, I was eliminating the “middle man” and passing on greater profits and long term viability directly to the farmers. Much to my surprise, I learned that the cost of joining the farmer’s market was not exactly affordable for all growers. In fact, the much of the additional profits made by “selling local” is then spent on just renting a table for the season. That of course was before Farmigo. What is Farmigo? Well, it’s an online community that brings together local growers with local customers to help sustain local farming through real elimination of the “middle man.” This is done using their website that allows you to build your own or join an existing community of buyers and sellers who schedule local farmer’s market pickups on a regular basis. The farmers and buyers are brought together through these online networks to purchase fresh, locally grown foods similar to that of a cooperative. Essentially, it’s a farmer’s market for the 21st century.
With over 3000 communities and growing, Farmigo is quickly becoming the new way to “buy local” that gives local buyers fresh, local produce and farmers profits that they can “bank on.” All through the spirit of community. If you like the idea of having fresh produce and want to actually meet the people who make this possible, Farmigo is for you. There is no fee, and it probably is not much farther to drive than any local supermarket, and it’s certainly defines the meaning of community. We hope that you will check out the site, maybe join a community or even start your own. Either way, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain including great food.
For more information, visit: Farmigo.com
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