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Online Shopping: A Farmer’s Market

By Laura Marion

The Monroe Farm Market, an online farmers market in southeastern West Virginia, works with 51 local farms to post their products in an online store, allowing customers to buy all of these products from one location. Through their website, Monroe Farm Market sells produce, live plants, locally made crafts, meats, honey, dairy and baked goods.

What started in 2006 as a spreadsheet emailed between a group of locals, farms and a market manager has evolved into an online shopping center that allows customers to more easily pick which products they would like, the quantity of those products, and even to choose which farm they would prefer the products come from. After purchasing, customers can pick up their goods at one of four pickup locations in Monroe County, W. Va.

The Monroe Farm Market uses the technology of the Local Food Marketplace, a national network of farmers and markets with several organizers in the Appalachian region, including West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

For more information, visit: localfoodmarketplace.com/monroe

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