Thursday, June 10, 2010

online ordering at the Eno River Farmers Market

When I heard the Eno River Farmers Market was offering online ordering, I was super excited. I love getting fresh, local produce, but I can't often make the Saturday market hours offered by the bevy of local farmers markets. But ordering what I'd like Sunday or Monday and picking it up during the Wednesday market between 4 and 7 p.m.? That sounds perfect. So, once ordering opened, I decided to give it a try. Well, that's not quite true. I waited until almost the last minute Monday evening to give it a whirl.

But it was awesome.

It was super easy to just look at what the market producers were offering — everything from purple scallions and tons of summer squash to fresh eggs and meat — and just plop it into my online basket. Once you've decided on what you want, the site tallies everything up and gives you a rough estimate. Since some of the produce is priced by weight, the estimate may be a bit off. I have to say that, for me, the pricing was spot on.

Then, all I had to do was wait for Wednesday at 4 p.m. to arrive so I could head down to the Public Market House on E. Margaret Lane to pick up my produce. Even that was easy! For now, I just found Leila Wolfrum, market manager, and she rounded up all my purchases for me. I paid her and that was the end of it. Fresh, local produce in a way that fits into my schedule. I couldn't ask for more.

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