What are contingency plans for growers who will be impacted by closed farmers markets or farmers markets delayed openings?
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Right now online platforms and contactless delivery seem to be a popular method of immediate action to help fill the void of farmers markets. A few resources have recently been released on platforms and how to list products online. See below.
How to sell market farm products
online & other alternative markets:
Oregon Tilth Webinar – Online Sales Platforms for Farmers
NC State Hosting Free Webinars on Creating a Free Online Store for Your Farm
Grassroot Startup – How to Start Selling Online & Shipping in 5 Days
MOSES – Attract Local Customers Online
Online Platforms for Farmers and Producers – A large collection of webinars, resources, and tips shared by National Farm to School Network Partners to support small farmers and producers impacted by COVID-19 to utilize e-commerce and mobile platforms.
K-State Urban Food Systems – Food Hubs and Alternative Markets, April 23, 11 am CST
Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network – Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping Meat webinar recording.
Funky Fresh Farmer’s Market in Wichita is one example of an online and delivery platform. See how it works here.
The National Young Farmers Coalition has published a “Farmers Guide to Direct Sales Software Platforms” which compares and provides the basic information needed to make a decision on the best platform for you.
Kansas Schools – Child Nutrition programs provide a steady, reliable market for local products. Summer meal programs will be stronger then ever this year and local producers are invited to help provide ingredients for meals. See our post “Put Our State on Children’s Plates” for more information.
See our “Responding to COVID-19 Resouces for Farms & Communities” page for more information on marketing software platforms, electronic payment systems, and Packaging solutions for Delivering/Shipping.
Platforms specific for Kansas producers are currently being explored by farmers and groups. Check back here for updates.Back to Farm & Local Food FAQs