Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Will I have to buy a standard box that includes items I don't want?
- Is there a membership fee?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- What if I can't pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
And here are some answers:
Will I have to buy a standard box that includes items 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), at Green Fork Farmers Market 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, eggs, meats, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
Is there a membership fee?
We anticipate we will need to charge a small annual membership fee in the future in order to keep the market going. But the fee has been waived for 2012, because we want you to try the online ordering system this year and see how it can work for you!
How do I order?
Each Saturday 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 midnight. 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, checks, and EBT cards when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total if you add items at the market or if one of your items is unexpectedly unavailable, we do not accept advance payment on the website. However, you can pay ahead at the market pickup location to put money into your account, then draw down your account for future purchases online so you won’t have to pay at the market each time.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
On Wednesday from 4-7 pm, customers can pick up orders in Fayetteville in the Breezeway at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St., at the corner of Dickson and Church streets in Fayetteville.
What if I can't pick up my order?
Our farmers harvest and deliver your products to the market based on the order you place. Therefore, once you place an order, you are responsible for paying for that order even if you find that you aren’t able to pick it up. You can have someone else pick it up for you, or we will donate your items on Wednesday at the end of the market at 7:00 pm. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you find you won’t be able to make it. If it’s before Monday at midnight, we will cancel your order so you won’t have to pay for it. If it’s between then and Wednesday at 4 pm, we will try to sell your items on the extras table during the market so you won’t have to pay for them. If you are just running late, we can save your order for you while we are packing up, as long as you let us know. Please make sure we have your cell phone number in your customer account in case we need to contact you about your order, and include it in any communications you send concerning your order.
We’re sorry we have to do it this way, but farmers need to know that when they harvest and deliver their products to the market they are going to get paid for them. Thanks so much for your understanding and support so we can keep the market going!
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.