Online shoppers in the Cowichan region are now able to buy produce from their own homes via the Cow-op.ca, the region’s first online farmers’ marketplace of locally grown and processed food.
Cow-op.ca offers consumers an ever-changing variety of seasonal veggies, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, preserves, baking, honey and more all grown or produced throughout the Cowichan Region.
The online model is convenient for food producers and customers alike, say organizers, as the farmers save time and buyers are able to shop from their computer year-round while directly supporting local family farms and businesses.
“Anyone will be able to use this service,” explained Jenni Capps, market manager for the Cow-op.ca.
“It is open to families, individuals, restaurants, retailers and wholesalers. It is a really convenient way for busy families and others who cannot always get to the markets each week to access local foods.”
The weekly ordering cycle runs from Friday to Tuesday, when the system temporarily closes to allow farmers and processors to fulfill their orders and prepare for delivery.
All items ordered are delivered to Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen Thursday mornings, located at 360 Duncan St. right next to the Duncan Garage.
Pre-bagged orders are picked up by the customer each Thursday afternoon 3-6 p.m.