CULLMAN, Ala. – As many local businesses struggle due to the enforced social distancing protocols, the North Alabama Agriplex has rolled out a new program to help both farmers and customers during the quarantine: a virtual farmers’ market. The market will allow people to purchase local produce online at https://cullmangrown.company.site/ from noon on Mondays to noon on Tuesdays, then pick up their order between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Agriplex.
The virtual market’s website states that the products offered may vary week to week depending on the weather and availability. The current listings on the site are
- lettuce from Gratitude Farms – $3.50/container
- onion bundles from Trent Boyd Harvest Farm – $4.50/bundle
- sweet potatoes from Kress Farms – $3.50/5 lbs., $8/10 lbs., $22/40 lbs.
Visitors to the site also have the option of making a $1 (or more) donation to help support local farmers.
A statement from the site reads, “With the coronavirus situation going on we decided to find other ways to help distributing fresh produce from local farmers to the community. Every single item you purchase from us is locally grown and delivered to the Agriplex. We think it is a win-win situation for everybody. The farmer can sell his (or her) produce through this online platform, the customer does not need to stand in line with the crowd and can just pick up the order at the North Alabama Agriplex every Wednesday.”
The Agriplex is also accepting feedback about how this distribution method can be improved.
The Agriplex is located at 1714 Tally Ho Street, Cullman. The Agriplex’s website (http://agriplex.org/WPtest/) also offers links to the online market, announcements and registration regarding special events, and a selection of ideas for parents to entertain their kids during the extended stay at home.
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