Virtual Farmers Markets
A Reflective Essay on a Rural Ohio Project
Keywords:Farmers Market, Virtual Farmers Market, Food Council, Local Food, Online Farmers Market, COVID-19, Pandemic
This reflective essay discusses the development, structure, operation, and transitioning of an online virtual farmers market in rural Ohio. In this model, customers order online and then pick up their fresh, local produce at a specified time and location. Through a combination of practitioner experience in the market’s development and informal discussions with people associated with the market’s development and management, the authors analyze the positive and negative aspects of the online market structure and implementation, as well as suggest critical steps that may be necessary to export this model to other communities. They also consider potential structural and process improvements that could increase viability and success. A last-minute addendum briefly discusses the potential for this model to become a meaningful response to the COVID-19 issue as well.
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