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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?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
There are no membership fees. There will be a 3% surcharge for costumers to help cover the cost of running market and a 3% surcharge for growers to cover the cost of the web site. These percentages will be automatically added onto or deducted from your order.
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?
Registered customers will be emailed as soon as our market is open for order.
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 unannounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable), we do not accept advance payment on the website.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
All orders will be dropped off and picked up at the Town Hall Theatre during the Middlebury Winter Market hours of operation. The market will be open twice a month and dates will be announced by email. For more information contact Susan Smiley, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ‘Join this Market’. This will add you to the system and the market manager will contact you with the next step. We do charge a 3% surcharge to cover the cost of the web site, and this will automatically be deducted from your total sales. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish.