A new online marketplace gives customers the chance to ‘click and collect’ their weekly shop straight from Sussex farmers. Farmdrop opens their first UK project in Worthing on April 26th and the organisers are inviting local people to a launch party to celebrate.
The scheme aims to cut out the middleman, and cut down on food miles, by putting customers directly in touch with nearby farmers and producers.
Chief executive Ben Pugh, 35, from London used to work in finance analysing the profits of supermarkets before creating Farmdrop.
Mr Pugh said: “Our format is for people to do good honest local food shopping – for them to be able to source local groceries at a sensible price.
“After customers have ordered what they want, the veg orders get sent to the growers, fish orders to the fisherman, then producers go to a drop off point a couple of days later and hand the produce over.”
Worthing Farmdrop have lots of people on board already and are busily preparing for the launch. Producers include an egg farm in Findon, honey and cake sellers, farmers selling meat, as well as Goodwood Home Farm who will be selling milk and their award winning cheeses through Farmdrop.
To buy any of this tasty, fresh, and locally produced food, customers just need to go to the website and become a member.
Anne Weinhold, one of the organisers of the Worthing project said: “Come along to the launch party of Worthing Farmdrop, the UK’s first local click + collect service for all your fresh, yummy and locally produced food.
“Among all those who register on the website by Friday April 25th, we will randomly pick three members to receive their first Worthing Farmdrop boxes with fresh goodies from our local producers at the launch.”
The launch party will be held on April 26th, 12.00 noon at St Pauls in Chapel Road, Worthing.
To register with Worthing Farmdrop go to: www.farmdrop.co.uk
You can also visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/worthingfarmdrop