There is an increasing trend and support from the local community to want to buy local, eat local, and support local communities with the help of groups like Well Fed Neighbor Alliance, the farm to table movement, and focus on individual sustainability in the economic environment we are in.
The other support comes from a new generation of consumers who need an the producers in this alliance. These are younger busy professionals who know that they want to support the community and eat better but don't take the time to find out where you can purchase more local products; or younger families that see the increase in food allergies, medical conditions, and need to find a better alternative than processed products (foods primarily) but don't have the time to find information between the activities and car pool they are in getting the kiddos from place to place.
There seems to be two issues here: 1) Local producers who are passionate about delivering the highest quality products to local consumers and consumers that can't find out where to get the products they are looking for quickly and easily. 2) Local producers spend a lot of time getting ready for the farmer's market or coordinating their CSA offerings for consumers to pick up and the consumer's need for a variety of products to be delivered to their home in a more convenient way to them.
What I am asking is this... Is it time for Southwest Missouri to adopt a convenient way to bridge the gap between producer and consumer by using the technology of today through the web and mobile application access? Are local producers interested in supporting an initiative that would coordinate online the purchase and the delivery process of what is fresh locally to the consumer? On the same note... are consumers open to this kind of convenient access to local products?
Here is one example:Greenling
I'm looking forward to your thoughts on how we can take the next step in supporting local producers.
Hi Bay, I think this is very much needed. I am going on 72 and get around with a walking stick. I keep a small vegetable garden (which I barely managed to keep alive this summer during the drought), but would love to know if/where there are stores that sell local produce, meat, etc. within walking distance of where I live in north Springfield. Even a list of stores, etc. that my son could drive me to on my once a month grocery buying. I'm sure there are many others around here that would like to at least know where such places are.
Thank you for bringing this up.
Thanks, Bay. I'll check out their fb page.
Bay Mourer said:
Thanks Linda. It seems as though there should be an easier way to find information, place orders for local products, and have them delivered. There is one company trying to get something going in Southwest Missouri: https://www.facebook.com/SolidGroundLife. Hopefully they can get enough support to get moving.
Take care, Bay.