The Cow-op.ca website opens to the public in early July launching a weekly ordering cycle that sees consumers placing orders from the convenience of their own home or mobile device, and picking up their bag of Cowichan-grown groceries on every Thursday afternoon at Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen, 360 Duncan St., next to the Duncan Garage. 18 farms (and counting) selling a variety of products, from spreads and sauces to meats and produce, will list their fresh inventory each week giving consumers a wide variety of grocery items to choose from.
Market Manager Jenni Capps is eager to start processing orders and help to grow brand recognition for Cowichan-grown products. “Cow-op.ca will compliment the other farmers’ markets already operating in the region giving consumers just one more great way to access local foods” explains Capps. “Ordering from the Cow-op helps to strengthen and build our community and to preserve our precious agricultural land. Not to mention buying local means buying fresh!”
For more information on how the weekly online ordering cycle works, or to become a Cow-op.ca online market seller, visit www.cow-op.ca or contact Market Manager, Jenni Capps, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is expected to go live in early July.
Cow-op.ca is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace (CVCM) in partnership with Cowichan Green Community. Incorporated in November of 2014, the CVCM is a not-for-profit co-operative guided by a board of members made up of local farmers, business owners and community partners. Funding for the development of the website and business plan was generously provided by Coastal Community Credit Union and Economic Development Cowichan.