Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shared Harvest Connecticut!


Connecting with local farmers and food just got easier.

I'm finally getting around to blogging about what I think is an exciting new site brought to us by Emily Brooks of Edibles Advocate Alliance: Shared Harvest CT. This is an online marketplace focused on locally produced goods to buy, sell, trade or barter. It's for farmers, restaurants, consumers and even charities. And for us consumers it's free to use!

Farm fresh eggs for sale.
Maple syrup for sale.
Durham Farm seeking helpers in exchange for room & board.
Farm /garden/greenhouse needed for photo shoot.

Through the site you contact the farmer/vendor directly to arrange payment and pick-up. But there are lots of plans to further expand the website and its offerings. In fact, they've just partnered with Deb Marsden of CT Farm Fresh Express as a value-added delivery option.

A really wonderful feature to the website is that food that might otherwise get thrown out can be listed for donation to participating charities and food banks. This opens up a wonderful opportunity for increased access to fresh food for people in need.

I love it when technology brings people together. And I see so much potential in this website to connect people to food.
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