These are the most asked Questions.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Oh no ! I forgot to pick up my order! What now?
- Why are some of your products labeled "organic" and others are not?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
To help us provide farm tours, educational programs, and to help us with our overhead costs (coolers, tables etc.), we ask that you pay an annual fee of $20 per household for one calendar year.* You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
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 9:00 a.m. Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is our 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.
When 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.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
1. Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 Six Mile Farm Depot Lot, 4:30-6:30 at Pickens YMCA.
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?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘If you would like to sell through this market, please tell us about yourself and a market manager will contact you.’. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We do charge a one-time-only fee of $20 (which we can deduct from your sales) as well as 13% of your overall sales. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact Marantha at email@example.com if you want more information.
Oh no ! I forgot to pick up my order! What now?
About a half hour before we pack up to go home, we’ll call you if you haven’t come yet using the phone number you tied to your account. If you have a cell phone use that number!
Most times, we get an answering machine, so if we haven’t reached you when it’s time to go, we’ll try again.
If we still haven’t been able to reach you, your items will be donated or given away! We do not have any means to keep items until next week, or to deliver them to you. If we were able to reach you on the phone, we may be able to work out an arrangement, but otherwise, your items will be donated or given away!
Since growers harvested just for you, and (more importantly) since we paid the growers on your behalf when they brought them to our market, you are still responsible for paying for the items, even if you do not pick them up. We’ll charge your account, and that much will be added to your next order.
Why are some of your products labeled "organic" and others are not?
All produce sold here is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides,or pesticides.
Some of our growers find it worthwhile from a marketing point of view to register with the state of South Carolina’s agriculture department to comply with National Organic Practices and certification, which in some cases includes a farm inspection.
Some growers may be “Certified Naturally Grown”. This is a nationwide program similar to the USDA National Organics Program, but new farms are inspected by a certified farm.
Others adhere to chemical free sustainable practices, but choose not register with the state or federal government.
To find out more about our growers, and to see what certification, if any, they have, take a look at our Growers page.