This word "slick" doesn't always have the best connotation, but it so appropriate in this instance.
The Statesboro Farmers Market website is slick. Truthfully, when I saw the signs about ordering from the farmers market online, I imagined a rudimentary operation at best. I was wrong.
This website is user friendly, easy, and importantly, helps the farmers market vendors keep their retail sales flowing during the dreary winter months when the Main Street market isn't open. Having gone online just this past December, the website has been so successful that it will be up and running throughout the year.
"Statesboromarket2go gives both the vendors and customers another venue to purchase market foods and support our local farmers and economy," said market director Debra Chester. "It will run year round and offers another shopping opportunity for either supplementing what you bought at the market on Saturday or serving as your primary market shopping experience."
Chester said the market is trying to reach out to its faithful as well as encouraging others who may not be able to make it to the market on Saturdays. "You can shop from your computer any time day or night from Sunday evening until Tuesday evening," she said. "Pick up is on Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Sugar Magnolia Bakery in downtown .... no lines, no waiting, just friendly farmers and vendors waiting with your products already labeled and bagged."
I have tried it, and it does run smooth as silk. After a simple registration at the market's website - www.statesboromarket2go.locallygrown.net, you simply go by category, pick out products, and your choices go into your "shopping cart". When you get to the Sugar Magnolia, you just write one check to the market, and off you go with your goods.
The online market even has its own manager - Andy Morgason - who can be reached by telephone, and will check with you if you are running late for pickup. If you become a regular shopper, and use the site more than twice, you will be assessed a membership fee of $25. It is an annual fee that goes to support both the onsite and online markets.
The Main Street Farmers Market will return to the Sea Island Bank parking area downtown with a grand opening on April 2. It will be open every Saturday through Nov. 19.
I would encourage even the computer novice to give this website a try. The way that we shop is a changing, and if the farmers market can keep up with the times, so can you. (P.S. the website's name is so long, I would bookmark it!)
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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