FarmDrop Now Open
June 20, 2016

Blue Hill. FarmDrop, an online farmers market serving the Blue Hill Peninsula and surrounding area, is now open for the 2016 season. FarmDrop, http://www.FarmDrop.org, is a community-based project supported by Healthy Acadia and powered by volunteers, where local food growers and producers can post their weekly offerings. Shoppers can choose from items ranging from seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruits to local meat, seafood, eggs and cheese. This service is aimed at helping local producers connect their products with local consumers year-round.

The FarmDrop project was developed in 2011 by George Hurvitt, then a student at George Stevens Academy, and Max Treitler and Mary Alice Hurvitt of the Blue Hill Wine Shop, with funding support from the Community Health Alliance. Support from Blue Hill Community Food Projects and FarmDrop customer donations helped the local food project to continue increasing access to fresh locally grown produce through strategic, mission driven partnerships with Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative and Healthy Peninsula’s Magic Food Bus. In 2016, FarmDrop operations were transferred to Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Fairwinds Florist.

Visitors to http://www.FarmDrop.org can browse participating farmer profiles and shop directly from producers from Saturday 10am to Wednesday 10am each week. Orders must be placed by 10am on Wednesday with easy online payment options, including PayPal, credit or debit card, available. Orders can be picked up at Fairwinds Florist, 5 Main Street, Blue Hill, between 2:00pm and 5:30pm on Thursday. Though it’s not required to use the service, one time registration allows users to shop as often as desired without the need to re-enter personal information. Visitors may also subscribe to the FarmDrop mailing list to receive weekly email updates and an order link.

FarmDrop offers many benefits for residents and producers in the greater Blue Hill area, including access to local foods for those who cannot get to the farmers’ markets, increased sales for producers, and reduced waste and risk, as farmers only harvest what is already sold. FarmDrop effectively provides shoppers with a unique opportunity to shop for fresh local food from the comfort of home while directly supporting the local growers and producers in their community.

For more information about Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative and the FarmDrop project, visit www.healthyacadia.org, find Healthy Acadia on Facebook or follow the Gleaning Initiative’s Blog, A Girl’s Got to Glean.