Farmigo Brings the Farmer's Market to You

June 8, 2016

Farmigo

Love the idea of buying your food at the farmer’s market, but don’t have the time or opportunity to make it part of your shopping routine? Farmigo is here to help! This startup works with local farmers and producers to offer families weekly deliveries of fresh produce, prepared foods, bread, eggs, meat, seafood, and more. It’s kind of like a CSA—in fact, Farmigo created the software that many CSA programs use for membership and online ordering—but one where you can choose between many different offerings.

Here’s how it works: Farmigo customers can join local communities, each with a convenient pick-up spot. Right now, they have communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with many in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. (They’re also active in Seattle and New York.) Join a community and then browse their site or mobile app and place your order online.  Note that some communities are private and open to members only. You can even start your own community (you’ll need at least 15 deliveries to get going). Many communities are centered around workplaces, schools, or other organizations.

We had the opportunity to give Farmigo a try recently, and ordered some great seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as some grass-fed beef from West Marin’s Stemple Creek Ranch, delicious bread from Metropolis Baking in Berkeley,  fresh apple-cherry cider, and even a berry pie. We picked up our box at Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield on a Wednesday afternoon, and everything was there ready and waiting for us. Everything was well packed and cold items were kept cold in insulated bags with ice packs. Most of the packing materials were compostable, too, which was a nice touch.

The quality of everything we received was very high, and the produce was fantastic. For the most part, prices seemed on a par with what you would pay at most farmer’s market booths, and in some cases was a bit higher, which is OK given the convenience and selection you have to choose from. Plus, nobody runs out of your favorite strawberries if you get to the market too late. Farmigo also pays the farmers and producers it works with a much higher percentage than they would get from a supermarket, so it’s a good thing for everyone concerned.

It would be fantastic to have more Farmigo communities to choose from, though. We live in northern Marin and there wasn’t much near our house. I had to run some errands in central Marin on the appropriate pickup day, so it actually worked out perfectly!

To give Farmigo a try, visit www.farmigo.com.