What we do
We started as a small buying club in the Bailey’s family carport. The pickups grew quickly and due to zoning restrictions we moved to First United Church. Over the past 7 years we have evolved into an Online Farmers Market as we are not a Co-op, CSA, Discount buying club or Box program.
We work with over 80 farmers and producers to bring locally grown or produced foods to our members year round. Most of our farmers are certified organic or follow natural practices. We always encourage suppliers to use more sustainable methods.
Our farmers and producers inform us of their offerings which we list online for you to order. Our suppliers set their prices and we add a small sustainable markup. We charge an annual membership fee of $20 to help cover our operating costs. We have a group of Market Assistants who work together to help us bring amazing food from our suppliers to you on our pickup day.
Our region has given us the opportunity to work with the old order Mennonite farming community. We work with farmers whose access to technology is limited by their faith. For instance most do not drive or have internet. In order for us to offer such great produce we must drive the countryside to pick up the produce. Most of our membership fee goes to this large cost.
We have and continue to work with small food start-ups. Being a local food Hub and working with Region of Waterloo Public Health, we have been able to ensure that all of our suppliers meet the proper food standards. Our market model reduces waste and leftovers are given to a local organization called Welcome Home, that supports refugees. We also have a program where we return jars, baskets,and egg cartons to our farm gate farmers.