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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- How do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Who can sell through this market?
- What about sales tax?
- Can I sell anything?
- What is a Market Surcharge?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
No, there are no membership fees for either Growers or customers. Growers weekly pay the market manager 8% of all sales to cover web-hosting and management costs.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The weekly email lists the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
How do I order?
Each Friday evening, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered customers by e-mail. Customers must place their order for the week no later than Monday at 5:00 p.m. Orders can be placed here on our website or by responding directly to the e-mail. Ordering through this web site is Locally Grown’s preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
How do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total then (to account for unnanounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable), we do not accept advance payment on the website. You make your payment directly to the Grower(s) your are buying from, just as you would at a conventional farmers market. Thus, if you buy from three different Growers, say greens for one farm, honey from another and homemade soaps from a third, you will pay each individually. When you come to pick-up your order, all your orders will be ready to pick-up in one bag with individual printed invoices. It is simple and fast.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
From 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, customers can pick-up their produce at the Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
Contact the market manager, Jessie Carter at 540-470-0324, to set up an account. You will then be able to manage your account, add photos, describe your practices, list items for sale and view committed orders from any computer.
Who can sell through this market?
Any producer of agricultural goods and homemade crafts and foodstuffs in Nelson County Virginia is invited to participate.
What about sales tax?
Growers are solely responsible for paying any and all sales tax due on any goods sold at Locally Grown Nelson.
Can I sell anything?
Growers may sell farm, kitchen and craft items produced in Nelson County including: fruit, vegetables, eggs, cut flowers, potted and bare root plants, fungi, cheese, meets, cider, jams, jellies, honey, home-canned goods, baked-goods and crafts.
Many items are subject to Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services regulations. It is the sole responsibility of the Grower to abide by these regulations.
Raw, fresh or frozen meats, game, and poultry, eggs, cheese and any and all other processed foods may be sold at this market if the food comes from a VDACS inspected and approved kitchen and is held at the required temperature at market. In order to be sold at this market, each item must be raised by the person selling it in Nelson Co. and must meet at government requirements for retail sale. In some cases, items must carry a USDA sticker.
All items must be appropriately labeled.
You may not sell live animals, alcohol or any illegal substance at this market.
You may not resell bought items at this market, it is for producers only.
What is a Market Surcharge?
Some items have a “Market Surcharge” listed. This is the sales tax you will owe on the item.