Interested in joining the market, go to our registration page. Be sure to register as a producer. Once you are registered in our system, you will receive an email detailing the next steps. Our vendors are required to attend vendor training, were we discuss market guidelines as well as an overview of how our online sales system works.
The OLM needs current copies of the following:
- Facilities Certification (if your are a value-added vendor)
- Organic Certification (if you will sell OLM products as "Certified Organic")
Weekly Sales Cycle
- Wednesday 12pm - Thursday 10pm: Vendors upload available products to the Online Market
- Friday 12pm - Monday 12pm: Customers place orders
- Monday 2pm: Product order lists are sent to vendors
Vendors deliver ordered products to the Market Manager/volunteer during one of the time slots:
- 1:30pm - drop off directly at The Meetinghouse on Atherton, 318 S. Atherton St.
- 2-4pm: Market volunteers pack customer orders into boxes
- 4:30-7pm: Home delivery orders delivered
- 5-7pm: Customers make payment and pick up their orders at The Meetinghouse
- Vendors deliver ordered products to the Market Manager/volunteer during one of the time slots:
Transparency in labeling is one of the core values for Friends & Farmers Cooperative. To the greatest extent possible, products sold through the Online Market will be labeled online with information about producers, the location of their farms and processing facilities, their growing practices, and the ingredients in prepared foods.
Market Overhead and Product Pricing
Like any business, Friends & Farmers Online Market has overhead costs, some fixed and some variable with sales volume. We pay rent to the owners of our distribution site(s), plus insurance premiums, transportation costs, computer support costs, licensing fees, purchase of supplies and the salary of our part-time Market Manager and Assistant Manager.
Online markets use a variety of pricing strategies to cover these overhead costs and sustain online market operations – generally some combination of percentage markups on each order, along with flat annual customer and/or producer participation fees.
Our goal is to ensure that farmers, customers and Friends & Farmers Co-op are all getting as fair a deal as possible, and that the locally-produced share of locally-consumed food is growing as quickly as possible.
Each producer will set his or her own base price for each product in his/her inventory: the amount the producer believes is a fair market price for the product.
- Customers who are not Coop members will pay the base price plus 30%.
- Customers who are Coop members will pay the base price plus 20%.
- Wholesale Customers will pay base price plus 15
- Market volunteers pay the base price plus 5%.
Vendors are paid on a bi-weekly schedule.