SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) – The Electric City Food Co-op (ECFC) announced on Monday that it has launched an online platform that will act as a virtual store with contactless and curbside order pickup street at The Schenectady Trading Company in downtown Schenectady.
Starting Monday, all ECFC owner members and the public can purchase locally sourced food, produce and produce from area farms, artisans and producers across the Capital Region.
“While COVID-19 has changed so many things, it made us realize how much inefficiencies are present in our existing food system and underscored the need for continued support of our local food systems and cultivated goods and services and locally made, ”the ECFC said. Chairman of the Board Matt Robbins. “This transitional step is timely and garners considerable public support, bringing healthy food to downtown Schenectady remains more than ever a goal of Electric City Food Co-op.”
The cooperative is establishing its new virtual store through the online platform Local Food Marketplace, which it took over from the Schenectady Greenmarket in January 2021. It allows farmers and sellers to show their products and goods to buyers to place orders. Capital Roots and the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market are also clients of the Local Food Marketplace.
“Schenectady Greenmarket invested in the local food market at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as we were in limbo with the reopening of our physical market in downtown Schenectady,” said Haley Viccaro, Chairman of the Board of Schenectady Greenmarket. “Once we were able to reopen the market soon after the inception of the online platform, our efforts were focused on operating the market safely and successfully every Sunday around the hotel from town and inside Proctors during the winter. We were happy to help support Electric City Food Co-op in their new venture to launch an online marketplace and further our collective mission to increase access to local food and support our farmers, all the more as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “
With more than 46 suppliers, customers can place orders every week from Monday at 9 a.m. until Thursday at 12 noon. Once orders are submitted to suppliers, products are delivered and bundled by ECFC staff and volunteers, available for pickup every Monday from 3pm to 6pm at the Schenectady Trading Company located at 609 Union Street in Schenectady .
“As a member-owner, I have followed the progress of ECFC with enthusiasm, and when I learned of the decision to start virtually, I offered to be a resource. My company and ECFC believe in nurturing community and supporting the local economy, so this seems like the perfect fit to meet their needs during this time of transition, ”said Caroline Bardwell, owner of The Schenectady Trading Company.
“At MVP Health Care, we are committed to the well-being of our members and the communities we serve,” said Ellen Sax, vice president of community engagement at MVP Health Care. “An important part of maintaining the health of our communities is access to a variety of fresh foods, which is now easier to access than ever thanks to Electric City Food Co-op and its online platform innovative and exciting. We are very proud to support this effort and our local businesses as they strive to ensure the health and vitality of our communities. “
The ECFC Online Marketplace is available for new and current buyers to register and place orders. Vendors / producers interested in selling their products on the ECFC Online Marketplace can contact Lesley Cutting at ECFCMarketManager@gmail.com.
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