By Stacey Budd, Friends & Farmers Cooperative Outreach Coordinator
This piece was orignially published in the Centre Daily Times
Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing conversation around our modern food system and the implementation of sustainable alternatives. How do the products on your dinner plate get there? What processing and packaging take place?
As one of more than 100 startup food cooperatives across the country, Friends & Farmers took its vision of a brick-and-mortar store showcasing our small family farms and created an online market as a stepping-stone, while simultaneously raising startup capital through new-member equity investments. As a clicks-to-bricks model, Friends & Farmers online market is another way to help our community access fresh local goods while putting money back into the community economy.