GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - The local farmer's market is a great way to find fresh, local food and now there’s a local farmer’s market online. It’s a food hub called Hoosier Harvest Market.
“We'll go ahead and we'll pack into different boxes and each one will have the consumer's name on it. And it will say, 'John Doe ordered three ears of sweet corn, they ordered three pounds of tomatoes,' and it goes into this box,” said Jeremy Weaver of Weaver’s Produce.
Every Thursday, Weaver takes his boxed goods to the Hancock County Purdue Extension office in Greenfield. Nearly two dozen other farmers do the same thing once a week to fill orders made online through Hoosier Harvest Market.
Michael Morrow, who organizes the food hub, says there is a need to deliver quality goods that are grown local and do it year round. The problem is it's too expensive, but he thinks his plan works because he formed a farmers cooperative.
“If we collectively do this as a co-op we kind of spread the cost among every farmer that we get into the co-op," Morrow said. "It just helps each one lower the cost of doing something like this to get their products to a larger group of people."
Organizers are thinking about expansion and it's only been three months.
“We didn't think we were going to set the world on fire with it by any means, but we had some lofty goals and expectations, and I think we're doing a pretty good job,” Weaver said.
The food hub online is open Friday night through Monday night at midnight. It's delivered to drop off locations throughout Hancock County on Thursdays. Morrow said in a few weeks they hope to have drop off locations in Carmel and parts of Marion County.
The market is funded through grant money, which runs out at the end of the year. Morrow says he hopes the continued success will cover the overhead costs. If you’re interested in finding out how to expand the market to your area, contact Hoosier Harvest Market.
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