MDI’s Online Local Food Connection
Healthy Acadia’s online farmers’ market “MDI FarmDrop” provides a safe and easy way for community members to continue to support our local farmers and producers and get the food they need during this challenging time. Shoppers can choose from a variety of seasonal vegetables, sustainably-raised meat and dairy, fresh eggs, prepared food, bread, and flowers.
“Over the past two weeks, customer orders have increased by 150%,” says FarmDrop organizer Rachel Emus. “It’s clear that MDI residents are looking for ways to shop safely, and locally, and FarmDrop is helping them do that.”
“Your vision back when this was just starting was ‘visionary’”, says customer Kathryn Booth. “We’re seeing now how important it is to be supporting our local producers, bundling our trips into one, thinking and acting locally, and simplifying. By bringing MDI FarmDrop to our community, you have been seeding new cultural, economic and social patterns for the creative resilient future that we all now know is vital.”
Customers can shop online at https://mdi.farmdrop.us between 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Order pick-up takes place between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Floret in Somesville in a new outdoor setup. Each order is safely pre-bagged with the use of gloves and regular sanitizing and signage encourages customers to follow the current guidelines for physical distancing.
In addition to providing a robust market for our local farmers, FarmDrop builds support for Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative through a 10% service fee that customers pay at check-out. The Gleaning Initiative connects food pantries and meal sites with fresh, local vegetables that would have otherwise gone to waste.
For additional information, contact Healthy Acadia’s Food Programs Coordinator, Rachel Emus, at [email protected] or (207) 667-7171. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and contact Rachel regarding your order.
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.