New virtual farmers market in Lisbon
BY KATHRYN SKELTON SUN JOURNAL
The new Little Ridge FarmDrop, part of the statewide FarmDrop effort, doubled its customer count in the first two weeks offering, among other goods, locally-sourced bagels, beef, and beets.
LISBON — Forage’s Everything bagels. Grass-fed beef. Organic baby romaine. Cinnamon-scented goat milk.All a bundled click away and ready for Friday pickup.FarmDrop, started five years ago Downeast as a sort of virtual farmers market, opened a Lisbon site, Little Ridge FarmDrop, two weeks ago to an instantly warm reception: orders grew from 35 families to 64 from week one to week two, according to site manager Keena Tracy.“Of course right now with this virus, people are afraid to go to the grocery store or it’s complicated,” she said. “With FarmDrop, there’s no line, there’s virtually no contact. For other people, they’re just excited they can get a lot of local, quality produce from people they would normally shop from at the farmers market and they can’t access that right now.”FarmDrop, founded by Hannah Semler and Kelin Welborn, has six locations around Maine — Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Unity, Mount Desert Island, Blue Hill, and now Lisbon — each with a mostly local mix of vendors. Semler, who’s also CEO, said it’s helping fill a need now during COVID-19 food system disruptions. Sales are up, on average, 500% compared to this time last year.
Article Appeared in Portland Press Herald April 19, 2020