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Are you a farmer or local food producer?

Get started connecting with new customers in your community

Our app will enable you to:

  • Sell direct-to-consumer & market yourself 100% free

  • Be found a map of your area with direct buy links

  • Be found in a product search for your area

  • Set as many pickup locations & times you choose

  • Set a delivery zone & fee - or not do delivery

  • Accept or deny orders as you choose

  • Communicate with buyer but not give your phone #

  • Add/remove items from inventory with two taps

  • Get paid from credit/debit cards in 2 days - no fees

  • Share your farm-store to social media with one tap

  • Run your CSA or subscription models

 

When used with promo code "farmcomm" you     also get:

 

  • Live customer support for setup & technical issues

  • Free marketing materials

  • Advanced tips & training on how to maximize sales

  • A network of others growers sharing what works

  • Company paid social media marketing for your farm

  • Support for local-food non-profits in your area

  • The option to profit share with the company and earn a residual income. ** Exclusive to FarmComm clients

Are you a farmers market or food hub manager?
Get started profit sharing with FarmComm

Our growth plan was designed with you in mind. 

 

From the beginning the Vinder app has been intended to be a tool to partner with food hubs and farmers markets to strengthen the local-food systems in communities across the country.  We have recently rolled out the technology that will drive more visitor traffic, add new vendors/farmers and introduce a new way to earn an income while helping people eat fresh healthy local foods. 

 

We have designed the entire program to make sure everyone wins with this app, and we are glad to work with you, and farmers in your area to help everyone make more money.  We have decided to take less profit as a company in order to build teams of farmers, food hubs & farmers markets across the country, because if we all win together we stay strong together.  If we are really going to see local-food production, distribution & marketing compete against factory farms & mega distributors we have to work together.

We have an easy to implement program that can make your food hub or farmers market the center of local-food commerce for your region.  We want to take a few minutes to explain the program and let you see how the profit sharing works.  Profit sharing only takes about 7 minutes to set up.  call me and see if it's right for you.

If you would rather text or email that is fine too, but please contact me soon; as we get further into the growing season farmers get busier and so do we.  

-Tracy Shea,

Co-founder, FarmComm.

806-680-2815

info@farmcomm.org

More about how the app works below
What to expect when setting up the Vinder app & getting ready to start selling:  

1.  Get registered as a grower 

3.  Adding products and changing inventory

2.  Complete your grower profile 

4.  Adding products part-2, +  messaging & searching the map

How the Vinder app works:

General info.  

  • There is one login for both sellers & buyers – If you want to sell then set up your store under your account tab, if you don’t want to sell you don’t have to.

  • If you change map size on the front screen you will see more sellers from further away.  The map defaults to about 15-20 miles away from where the user is.  As you travel Veggie Vinder will find new growers in your new area.

  • Transactions require confirmation from both the buyer and the seller to complete.  This is to allow the two parties to work out details and stay in communication.  Buying and selling directly from farmers is different than buying from a store or selling to a store so this confirmation step is in place to make sure both parties are on the same page and happy with their purchase/sale before moving the money.

  • Community matters.  Vinder Inc. has chosen to work with a network of organizations that support local food production and sustainable agriculture to spread the word about the Veggie Vinder app.   Instead of paying big advertising firms we share some of our profits with groups that help connect us with growers & sellers because we want to support their work too.  This does not add any cost to the buyer or the seller.  Please use the affiliate codes you are given when you set up your account, this helps us give back to communities & organizations that share our passion for local food production & that help us make this app available to you. 

  • Veggie Vinder was originally designed for produce but other home-made food items are allowed as well.  With the exception of hot food, if you would commonly see it for sale at a farmer’s market it is probably ok to sell it on Veggie Vinder. 

 

  • **It is the sellers responsibility to conform with all laws concerning the sale of home-made food items in your area, just like you do with other in-person sales.  If you have a non-legal question about what is OK to sell please feel free to contact us.  Please check local laws & requirements before posting to avoid potential problems.

How the Vinder app works from the buyers perspective:

  • When customers open the app, it shows them a map of growers in their local area as well as the items available from growers nearby, within 50 miles.

  • Customers can either tap on a farm’s map pin to see what that farm sells or use the search bar to find the products they want, with local products showing up first on the list. 

  • The product listing includes a picture, description, amount available, unit of purchase, and delivery or pickup options. 

  • When the customer finds what they want they tap add to cart and select the amount to buy.  When they are done shopping, they select either pickup or delivery.  ​If delivery is chosen the customer enters their delivery address, then submits the order.  If a delivery fee is charged by the grower it will be shown.   ​**If delivery is chosen the delivery address must be entered before the order can be submitted.

 

  • Submitting the order sends a message to both the grower & the seller.  Tapping on the message opens an order detail as well as a chat window so the customer and the grower can discuss details if needed after the order has been submitted.

 

  • The customer pays a small fee to complete the transaction, which is why the app is free for growers/sellers.     

  • Very few buyers have had complaints about the fee because it makes sure they get the produce they want at their convenience instead of risking the farmer being sold out or settling for big box store quality.  Feedback has been that most items on Vinder cost about the same or less than grocery stores

 

  • All transactions are completed face to face, so consumers get a chance to meet the growers or makers they are getting their food from.  And make sure everything ordered is delivered.

  • When both the seller & the buyer complete the order, the funds are moved into the sellers account.

How the Vinder app works from the sellers perspective:

  • When sellers open the app they see the same thing buyers do.

  • To add items for sale tap the plus sign in the bottom middle of the screen.  Take a picture, add a short description, set your price, set your inventory level for how many are available via the app and save.  **If you are selling both in person & via the app at the same time, we recommend setting aside a certain amount of product to sell via the app so you don’t have to adjust inventory when you sell products in person.

 

  • When someone places an order for your products you will get a message in the app giving you the details of the order.  You can then either confirm the order as is or message the customer through the app if you need to change anything.

 

  • When you confirm the order your in-app inventory levels will be adjusted and the customer will be notified that their order has been confirmed.  A button to for them to complete the transaction will become available.

 

  • You can let orders pile up as the week goes on and then do all of your deliveries/pickups at once or you can fill one order at a time, depending on the pick-up/delivery options you set up in the app. **If you are going to accept pre-orders make sure to confirm the orders as they come in and communicate with your customers, so you are both on the same page.If you don’t confirm the orders the customer may think you refused the order and buy from another producer.

 

  • When you meet face to face and the customer gets their products, you will tap the button to complete the transaction and your money will be transferred into your account or your debit card.

 

  • In the order history you will have a record for you to enter into your accounting system.  Future versions of the app will have integrations with accounting software.