Welcome to the Cow-Op!
Since August of 2015, online shoppers in the Cowichan region have been able to buy local produce from the convenience of their own home via www.Cow-op.ca, the region’s first online farmers’ marketplace of locally grown and processed food.
In June of 2017, Cow-op.ca opened its’ virtual doors to Victoria consumers who wish to enjoy a taste of the Warmland while directly supporting local family farms and businesses.
Cow-op.ca has partnered with Olive the Senses, a premium olive oil shop located in downtown Victoria at the Hudson Public Market on Douglas St., to offer a convenient pick up location for weekly online orders of Cowichan-grown seasonal produce, baking, meats, sauces, spreads and more all grown, harvested, handmade, or processed in the Cowichan region.
The online model is convenient for food producers and customers alike, as the farmers save time by harvesting exactly what has been ordered and buyers are able to shop from their computer or mobile device year-round with a once weekly pick up. Not to mention, all orders are harvested fresh for the customer each week so quality, taste and nutritional value are unparalleled. “Blessed with Canada’s only Maritime-Mediterranean climatic zone, the Cowichan is gaining wide recognition for its’ unique terroir and taste,” explains Market Manager Heather Kaye. “Ordering from the Cow-op helps strengthen our island’s agricultural community and preserve our precious agricultural land not to mention buying local means buying fresh!”
Cow-op.ca is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace (CVCM) developed in partnership with Cowichan Green Community in Duncan. Incorporated in November of 2014, the CVCM is a not-for-profit co-operative with over 50 food processor and farmer members all focused on increasing farm viability in the Cowichan region.
How Does it Work?
The weekly ordering cycle runs from Friday to Tuesday, when the system temporarily closes to allow farmers and processors to fulfill their orders and prepare for delivery. All Victoria orders are packed up and delivered to Olive the Senses on Thursday mornings for pick up by the customer each Thursday afternoon, between noon and 6pm.
There is no commitment on the customer’s part. They can shop one week but not the next and all forms of credit cards are supported on the site. For more information or to start ordering online, visit www.cow-op.ca or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a grower or food processor interested in Becoming a Member, visit our Become a Seller page today!