Organic vegetables? Check.
Jams and jellies? Check.
Crafts and baked goods? Check.
E-mail orders? Better check.
Before heading out to set up their stands each week, some area farmers’ market vendors go online, looking for last-minute customer requests for fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers and herbs.
Many farmers’ markets now have their own Web sites, some simply listing time, place and a contact. But others are extensive, with page after page of market items and vendor information.
Customers of the Scottdale Producers Association, which runs farmers markets in Scottdale and Connellsville, can now order sweet corn, salsas and jam over the Internet and browse vendors’ postings. Customers can pre-order, much like they used to at the corner market, and their order will be awaiting them at the market of their choice.
Tom Bailey, of the Scottdale Producers Association, said the small market has only a handful of on-site vendors. The association hopes to bring more local products to area residents by offering the purchase of farm-fresh produce, meats and baked goods online.