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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Oh no! I forgot to pickup my order! Now what?
- What does OGG etc. mean
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
To help us provide farm tours, educational programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $15 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The weekly email lists the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
How do I order?
Each Monday, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered customers by e-mail. Customers must place their order for the week no later than Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is our preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
When do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total then (to account for unnanounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable), we do not accept advance payment on the website.
You pay in person when you pick up your order, we will have already paid the growers for you on your behalf. If you fail to come pick up your items, you will still be expected to pay the amount due.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
From Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30pm, customers can pick-up their produce at the pickup point you have selected when you registered. Your order acknowledgement does have the pickup point printed on it. If you need to change your pickup point please visit your account and make the change.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘tell us about yourself’ at the very bottom of the page. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We do charge a table fee of 15% of your overall sales. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
Oh no! I forgot to pickup my order! Now what?
Well, I’m sorry we missed you.
About a half hour before we pack up to go home, we’ll call you if you haven’t come yet, using the phone number you tied to your account. If you have a cell phone, use that number!
Most times, we get an answering machine, so if we haven’t reached you when it’s time to go, we’ll try again.
If we still haven’t been able to reach you, your items will be donated or given away! We do not have a means to keep items until the next week, or to deliver them to you. If we were able to reach you on the phone, we may be able to work out an arrangement, but otherwise, your items will be donated or given away!
Since the growers harvested just for you, and (more importantly) since we paid the growers on your behalf when they brought them to our market, you are still responsible for paying for items, even if you do not pick them up. We’ll charge your account, and that amount will get added to your next order.
What does OGG etc. mean
The main focus of this On-Line Farmers Market is to be Your Source for Hormone, Chemical and Antibiotic free fruit, Veggies, Fish, Meat, Dairy and Baked Goods. Due to seasonal growing patterns here in Florida and year round customer demand, some items may not be Locally Grown. All produce items are marked to show how they were grown and how they are being offered to you.
Code _ Description
OGG Organically Grown, Offered by Grower
OGV Organically Grown by others, grower listed acts as a Vendor
CGG Commercially Grown,may have been treated with chemicals etc., offered by Grower
CGV Commercially Grown,may have been treated with chemicals etc., grower listed acts as a Vendor