Here are some frequently asked questions:
- 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:
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 the online market 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 receive an email each Fridday evening when the market opens. Customers must place their order for the week no later than Wednesday 8 p.m. Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site 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?
To limit contacts, we are only accepting credit card payments at this time. If you prefer, you can also send a check made to the Independence Farmers Market and we can load that amount into an account for you. SNAP is still welcome and we continue to offer the match, please contact Michelle for assistance using SNAP. 276-768-0597 or 276-655-4045
When and Where do I pick up my order?
From 2-6 on Fridays by prearranged schedule-please use the calendy invitation link provided in the Market emails- pick-up your order curbside outside the IFM/Grayson Landcare Office (104 Courthouse Drive, Independence, VA 24348). Your items will be placed on a table. Please let the staff clear the area before you exit your car. Please remove the bags and leave the box. Thanks for your continued support and patience during this challenging time!
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 ‘If you would like to sell through this market, please tell us about yourself and a market manager will contact you. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. A 15% fee of your weekly online sales will be deducted from your sales total to fund the Online market. Contact IFMmarketplace@gmail.com if you want more information about selling online. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to join the Farmers Market.