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?
- Won't this take away business from our existing farmers' markets?
- What if I only grow seasonally? Will I have to sell things all year long?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
While there will be expenses to help us provide farm tours, educational programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we will be offering the opportunity to be a customer and buy through our market for free due to the funding from a grant secured with the Champaign Family YMCA. The grant will cover the establishment of the market and the expenses of a market manager. In future years, we may be asking that you pay an annual fee per household for one calendar year as occurs at most other LocallyGrown.net markets.
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 Thursday evening, 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, debit cards or checks when you pick up your order and payment will be made directly to the front desk at the YMCA. Because we may have to adjust your total (to account for items that were unexpectedly unavailable), we currently do not accept advance payment on the website. We thank the YMCA staff and leadership for helping us with this portion of the market!
When and Where do I pick up my order?
Thursday evenings from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., customers can pick-up their items at the Champaign Family YMCA, 191 Community Drive in Urbana, OH, inside the lobby. Be sure to pick up your items as we do not have room to hold them or keep them for you. The market simply acts as a place for you to pick up your items. One-half hour prior to the market closing, we will make an attempt to phone the number submitted with your account to try to reach you. All orders placed by you are your financial responsibility, whether you pick them up or not. Please make every effort to be a responsible shopper. If you fail to pick up an order, your account will be flagged for future orders and you will be expected to prepay for future items. Since the growers harvested just for you, and (more importantly) since we paid the growers on your behalf when they brought the items 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.
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 our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We charge a yearly fee like most markets, of 20.00, yearly. We also charge a 3% sales fee, which is a software usage fee charged by the website developer. In future years, vendors will be asked to pay something more in line with traditional markets like 10% of sales (7% to cover market operating expenses and 3% for the software usage fee). Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
Won't this take away business from our existing farmers' markets?
No. Shopping with this method allows customers the flexibility of knowing exactly what is available and not having to be the first one at the market on traditional market days to get the best selection. Also, growers will pick/bake/prepare only what is spoken for without waste of product or time spent preparing orders that may or may not have sold. We feel this will uplift our existing markets by providing another day of the week to buy local and become the first year-round market for Champaign County. We also think this will encourage new vendors and customers to shop with us who aren’t normally available on existing market days due to busy schedules. Farmers who need to be “at the farm” can bring their items and leave them at the market without having to remain at the market, freeing up their valuable time and resources. Activate Champaign County and their partners have worked to increase access to healthy food and this is just another way we feel to match good food to our customers of our community!
What if I only grow seasonally? Will I have to sell things all year long?
No! If you only plan to sell items during a certain season, feel free to list items only when you have them. Or are you already committed to a market during the summer but have the winters off? Sell with us in the winter! A click of a button allows your items to be “hidden” as well as placed on “vacation mode” if you plan to be away. It is up to you how often and how much you place for sale. It couldn’t be more simple! If you need further explanation, why not reach out to one of our market volunteers who are also vendors? Most of them have been with us for a long time and can answer any question you may have! They can give advice on the ins and outs of the fun!