May 18, 2020
Updates from markets who have started operating, or are planning to launch their market shortly. Also, discussion of distributing USDA Farmers to Families food boxes in conjunction with market operations, as well as other free food distribution programs made available during the pandemic.
May 6, 2020
Discussion on sourcing, including receiving commodity boxes via the USDA Farmers to Families Food Distribution Program. We continued talking about the Farmers' Truck SMS ordering system in development in cooperation with mobile market operators. Operational details from mobile markets preparing to launch in the coming weeks.
April 29, 2020
Our third open call on mobile market responses to COVID-19 includes discussion of an SMS-based ordering system for those who are unable to access the internet. Frederic LaForge of the Farmers Truck is spearheading the effort and is looking for mobile market participants for the pilot program. We also continue our conversation on establishing a Mobile Market Coalition.
April 22, 2020
Our second open call for mobile market operators regarding operational challenges during COVID-19. Topics include transitioning to online ordering models, reaching your community when the majority of your customers are not online, and the establishment of a Mobile Market Coalition.
April 15, 2020
Our first open call for mobile market operators to share strategies, barriers, and successes to operating and or opening their markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erin Close, Mobile Market Director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture shares her operations plan for running the Arcadia Mobile Market in adherence to Washington, DC safety guidelines.