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GETTING STARTED

What is FarmDrop?

How do I get started with FarmDrop?

What is my commitment? What am I getting myself into?

How is FarmDrop different than a CSA?

What if I am only here occasionally? Can I buy one or two items? What if I only want to shop once?

THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

How do I get more information about a product or a farm?

If it’s after 10am on Wednesday, but it looks like FarmDrop is still open, can I still shop?

How do I purchase dairy products from Quills End Farm?

PAYING FOR FOOD ON FARMDROP

Do I need to pay with PayPal?

Why can’t I pay using a check or cash?

Does FarmDrop accept EBT/SNAP benefit cards?

What is the FarmDrop fee? Where does that money go?

HOW CAN I SUPPORT/PROMOTE FARMDROP?

Talk it up, give a friend a hand

Let’s get social

Magic Food Bus Program and FarmDrop

 

 

GETTING STARTED

 

What is FarmDrop?

FarmDrop is a year-round online food market connecting farmers directly to their customers in the Blue Hill Peninsula area and beyond. Every week farmers offer a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits, local meats, and cheese. Customers create an account, select items, make a single payment, and pick up their order every Thursday at Fairwinds in Blue Hill 2-5pm. No sign up is necessary, but if you would like to receive updates, subscribe to our mailing list in the right column of this page.

 

How do I get started with FarmDrop?

Anyone can shop FarmDrop. Visit our site to shop during the open hours (Saturday 10 AM to Wednesday 10 AM) and fill your cart. At checkout, you will be asked to create an account. That username and password helps us keep track of your orders.

 

We’d love it if you joined our mailing list so that you get our weekly reminders of site opening times and news when special items are available. Place an order once, and you’ll be on our mailing list. Still window-shopping? That’s great, hop on our list to see what we’re all about…look for the “Subscribe to our mailing list” option on our website.

 

What is my commitment? What am I getting myself into?

There is no commitment, subscription, or long-term agreement that you are throwing yourself into. The only thing we need to commit to is that you’ll pick-up your order. You can shop once, you can shop every week. You will love it. We have many customers who consider their relationship with FarmDrop very committed! But just like any other shopping experience, you choose exactly how often you shop and what you purchase.

 

How is FarmDrop different than a CSA?

On FarmDrop you select products based on preference and availability as farmers harvest to order. A CSA is a stronger commitment to your farmer and requires flexible meal planning and a strong commitment to avoid waste. We recommend you do both. Farmers in the area that offer CSA are King Hill Farm and North Branch Farm. Yes, we are open year round!

 

What if I am only here occasionally? Can I buy one or two items? What if I only want to shop once?

Think of shopping on FarmDrop like visiting a farmers market. You can shop exactly once, once a year, once a month, or weekly. Buy one pound of fish or food for the entire week. We also have regular customers who are only here a few weeks of the year. They shop online in advance, and pick up when they arrive. You cannot schedule a pick up weeks in advance since the availability of products varies week to week. For special arrangements contact the farmer directly.

 

THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

 

How do I get more information about a product or a farm?

If you click any item there is a short description and the home page contains links to each FarmDrop seller. Feel free to contact them or FarmDrop if you want more information anything sold on the site.

 

If it’s after 10am on Tuesday, but it looks like FarmDrop is still open, can I still shop?

We are open from Saturday 10AM to Wednesday 10AM. If it is after 10am on Wednesday, you will still have the ability to process orders. However, please do not order, even if you have the shopping page still open on your computer. Farmers are likely to not receive notification in time for their harvest.

 

How do I purchase dairy products from Quills End Farm?

Contact the farm at phabc@localnet.com. Because of the current legalities around the sales of unpasteurized milk, their products must be purchased outside of FarmDrop, and the pick-up is also Thursday afternoon just up the road at the Blue Hill Wineshop.

 

PAYING FOR FOOD ON FARMDROP

 

Do I need to pay with PayPal?
Yes and no. We use PayPal to process your payment, but you do not have to have a PayPal account. You can pay with any credit or debit card, or with a PayPal account. PayPal gives us a lot of flexibility for you as the customer to directly pay the farmers and food producers, and we’ve found that folks really like the security, familiarity, and convenience of this payment option.

 

When you pay, you can opt to “save your information” within a PayPal account and then need only to enter your e-mail and a password each time you pay. This, as far as we have been told, is a more secure way to pay than reentering your card number each time.

 

Why can’t I pay using a check or cash?
Shopping on FarmDrop, like at a regular farmers market, means you are buying things directly from a number of different producers. When you pay online, that payment gets neatly divided and sent along to each of the sellers. Because we at FarmDrop are neither buying nor selling anything (we are just the venue and tech support) we don’t receive payments! On your PayPal reports, you will see each individual payment to farmers. We do not have the ability to only show aggregate payments.

 

Does FarmDrop accept EBT/SNAP benefit cards?

Sadly, not at this time. It is on our wish list and as EBT technology develops and our software changes, we hope to be able to do that. We are in conversations with organizations in Maine on how to develop this feature. However, food is distributed at no cost around our community through our partner project, the Magic Food Bus.

 

What is the FarmDrop fee? Where does that money go?

The creation of the FarmDrop website and software was funded by two different grants from the Community Health Alliance. Now that we are up and running, we charge a 10% fee on all purchases to keep software updated and cover administrative expenses such as PR materials and tech support. In terms of staffing, this is mostly volunteer-powered. If we have incomes in excess of our expenses, we donate the remainder to the Magic Food Bus program.

 

HOW CAN I SUPPORT/PROMOTE FARMDROP?

 

Talk it up, give a friend a hand

Our customers are our best advertising. Tell a friend; encourage them to hop on our mailing list, or help them place their first order! We have many shoppers for whom FarmDrop is their first and only online shopping experience!

 

Let’s get social

Follow us on Facebook! Share our posts to help amplify our voice. Create your own posts and tell us about what you love about FarmDrop.

 

Magic Food Bus Program and FarmDrop

Every summer and fall the Magic Food Bus delivers free local food and books to people throughout the Blue Hill peninsula and Deer Isle. FarmDrop customers provide generous support to keep the bus running. Every time you place an order on FarmDrop, you have the opportunity to add a donation to the Magic Food Bus. It is great way to ensure that the lovely local food you enjoy reaches people throughout your community.