Eugene startup creates online farmers markets


Eugene startup Local Food Marketplace has created an online organic food aggregator to connect farmers with consumers.

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Eugene startup Local Food Marketplace has created an online organic food aggregator to connect farmers with consumers.

The site introduces farmers to consumers who might otherwise not attend a farmers market, due to a busy family life or disability.

Meanwhile, sales through the Eugene Local Foods site are doubling annually, now as high as 100 orders a week. While [employees] Frazier, Ernandes and McCann say it’s a labor of love — none are taking a salary from the business — Local Food Marketplace is angling toward future profits by garnering 2 percent to 3 percent of revenue from partner sites.

A busy week of 100 orders, which average about $30 each, brings $3,000 through the Eugene site. Sales in Edmonton — Alberta’s capital — often reach $9,000 during a busy week. In Santa Cruz, Calif., the site does about $6,000 per week when busy.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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