goMarket is a new food hub in Durham, NC. Like other food hubs, we help farmers connect with eaters. Sometimes described as an online farmers’ market or multi-farm CSA, goMarket, like other food hubs, helps coordinate supply and demand, reduce food waste and simplify the lives of farmers and eaters.
When I was managing a farm for the first time in Athens, GA, I had a bunch of crops ready to sell and then found out I was months late to apply to sell them at the downtown farmers’ market. Dozens of producers get turned away every year at traditional farmers’ markets. Like me at the time, a lot of them are beginning farmers. Athens’ online food hub helped me cut my losses that year and though I don’t have land anymore, it’s essential that we support these farmers right from the beginning.
Like many people, I like to support independent, sustainable farms, but don’t always make it to the farmers’ market. Sometimes it doesn’t fit with my schedule and other times I’ve been disappointed when I arrived too late and no one had any more Sungold tomatoes. Sometimes I forget half of my list after bumping into friends. Online foodhubs can help connect these conscious customers directly with farmers that can’t get into Durham’s premier farmers’ market anyways.
How does it work?
Browse dozens of farmers (and other vendors) Thursday (or earlier) through Monday at noon. Than, with your orders in hand, farmers and artisans know exactly how much to pick, pack, prepare and deliver. After that, just come get your order Tuesday at The Bar Durham from 4:30-7pm (and maybe hang out over a $3 local pint). goMarket is like a collaborative CSA but totally flexible and customizable.
goMarket is different
Try us for free:
goMarket is a member-supported service, with a nominal $30/year membership fee. But it’s free to try out the service. Go here to create a new account and then browse the market here. Orders are picked up on Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30 at the Bar Durham (click here for a map).
We’d love to hear from you if you’re an interested farmer, restaurant or customer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Founder and General Manager, goMarket
Click here if you want to learn more about me. To learn more about our vendors, click here.
M.Sc., Ecology, Colorado State University
B.S., Natural Resources, North Carolina State Univesity
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, c/o 2003