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Farmer’s Market Buying Club of Central North Dakota

The initiative is a unique collaboration between seven growers and producers to aggregate their products to provide buyers in New Rockford and Carrington an excellent assortment of local goods, as well as a simple buying option.

The Farmer’s Market Buying Club of Central North Dakota is about to embark on its first season. This club is very unique, as it is part farmers market, part buying club. The initiative is a unique collaboration between seven growers and producers to aggregate their products to provide buyers in New Rockford and Carrington an excellent assortment of local goods, as well as a simple buying option.

Rachel Brazil, a Leadership for Local Foods Participant, believes this model will increase access to local food in North Dakota, not only because they are working to meet the needs of consumers, but are trying to make this as easy as possible for the producers. 

“The biggest element is how it came to be. We don’t have a regular farmer’s market, and we realized that a lot of people who were growing local food in our area are mothers of young children or busy professionals. They don’t have time to set up and sit at a farmer’s market. So with this model, the producers put their products online, the customers place their order, and the producer brings the orders to the drop place. We sort out the orders and get it to the customers. This is a whole new way of doing farmer’s markets.”

The Buyer’s Club currently has 35 customers on board who will receive a variety of local products including bison, poultry, eggs, produce, and baked goods. Considering the size of the two small communities, Brazil is very happy with the number of customers this first year.

The only downside Brazil sees, at this time, is not having the face-to-face contact between producers and customers that you attain with a traditional farmer’s market. One way they are going to address that is to feature producer profiles with pictures of the farm on the Buying Club’s website and Facebook page.

“We still want to build those relationships, even if they are not face-to-face,” says Brazil


The first product delivery is scheduled for July 1, and Brazil is excited to see how it goes. Please check back on the blog later this summer for a follow-up story on the Buying Club’s experience, and to see the farm photos.

To learn more check out their website:

http://fmbccnd.weebly.com/

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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