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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- What's the difference between "Organic" and "Certified Naturally Grown"?
- Is there a membership fee to be a customer of Dawson Local Harvest?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- What if I forget to pick up my Order?
- Can I cancel an Order?
- How can I sell through this market?
And here are some answers:
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
What's the difference between "Organic" and "Certified Naturally Grown"?
First of all, no “conventional” farmers using chemical fertilizers and pesticides are allowed to sell at this Market.
Because of some early abuse the USDA came in with very strict (and expensive) regulatory requirements. It’s somewhat affordable for the very large commercial growers but way too pricey and paperwork-heavy for many smaller growers. “Certified Naturally Grown” growers follow the exact same Procedures and Practices (and sometimes even stricter) as Organic Farms including only natural and organic farming methods, fertilizers, natural controls, yearly inspections, and so forth.
Is there a membership fee to be a customer of Dawson Local Harvest?
To help us provide farm tours, educational programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $25 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the growers and artisans that you want. The weekly Shopping List will show all the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
How do I order?
Each Monday morning, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered customers by e-mail. Customers place their order for the week before Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Orders are placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is the best method as it provides you with the most detailed information about our products and greatly speeds up the fulfillment process.
When do I pay?
We accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total when you checkout to account for extra items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable, we prefer not to accept advance payment on the website.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
You may pick up your order on Fridays from 4pm to 7pm at Leilani’s Gardens at 4141 Hwy 53 East in Dawsonville.
What if I forget to pick up my Order?
Things do happen and we realize that. However we cannot hold orders beyond 12 noon on Saturday. We will attempt to call and remind you if you miss the Friday 7pm deadline, but we are only the “hosts” and pay the sellers for the order on your behalf well before you arrive. You are buying direct from the growers/sellers and legally we never take possession of your order (otherwise we’d have the same regulatory gobbledygook as grocery stores).
Can I cancel an Order?
You can cancel an order as late as 8pm on Wednesday by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. After that we can still place the ordered items on the Extras table for impulse sales, but any unsold items will be your financial responsibility and will be charged to your account.
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘If you would like to sell through this market, please tell us about yourself and a market manager will contact you.’. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We do charge 10% of your overall sales as a “table fee” to help defray operating costs. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact Dawson Local Harvest at email@example.com if you want more information.