HYBRID DROP DAYS & COMMUNITY DELIVERY

In the Spring of 2020, we partnered with RED Market to introduce an online multi-vendor marketplace; specific to F&E Member food makers and farmers, providing these businesses the tools to provide customers contact-less curbside/market pick up, shipping and doorstep delivery. 

 

To best accommodate farmers and food makers that prefer to bring product to a central location for customer delivery and pick up, we have created hybrid coordinated drop sites. These work in concert with our online market, where seller's drive up, drop off and then F&E either delivers or customer's pick up.

 

To be clear, sellers will not be on site and selling. Our drop sites with customer pick up truly protect customers and vendors, as they are 100% contact free. Sellers drop off product, and the F&E team distributes it to customer walk ups, collection centers, or to waiting automobiles. 

 

Our hybrid presale for pick-up model is the only one locally of its kind. This new type of sale situation saves sellers and buyers time and energy like no other. In many ways this mimics a farmer CSA drop site. Whereby the customer collects their pre-purchased product in a single location at the same time each week. However, it offers buyers customization to select for different products and produce each week. 

GETTING ONLINE TO SELL PRODUCT FOR DROP DAY COLLECTION & DELIVERY. We have lots of online tools, video tutorials and webinars to get you up and selling quickly. To learn about selling online to participate, see our seller FAQS here >>

Benefits over a traditional farmers' market:

  • Product is only made or harvested for a known, already paid, customer.

  • No waiting around for a customer who might not appear due to bad weather or a holiday. 

  • No tents to put up.

  • The average farmers' market day is 7 to 8 hours long. On average, our vendors spend an hour online each week adjusting inventory and reviewing orders; with only minutes spent on site to drop off product. That is a saving of up to 6 hours a week! Imagine if you were to put your energy into creating product and promotions - oh, the sales!

  • No hefty stall fees. F&E charges just $5 a day for our hybrid markets!

  • Unlike other markets with a long list of links to vendor sites, we believe customers are more likely to commit and return more often to our intuitive and safe platform, where they can experience a one-stop, grocery-shop experience. 

  • Sellers receive the email address, home address and phone number of your customers. F&E never stands in the way of your having a relationship with your buyers. 

  • Not to mention the benefits of diversified sales opportunities!

 

PICK UP LOCATIONS, TIMES, DATES & ORDER CYCLES \ REGISTRATION IS NOW REQUIRED.

Please email libby@frankandernie.com if you have credit due to the Linden Hills Farmers' Market transition to pick up market only. We anticipate offering these markets through the holiday and winter months. 

 

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LINDEN HILLS FARMERS' MARKET

This drop site location includes F&E delivery to several senior living communities in Burnsville. 

 

LOCATION: Settergren’s Parking Lot, at 43rd & Upton Ave S, 2813 W 43rd St, South Mnpls, 55410

TIME: Vendor Drop-Off, 9:15AM to 10:30AM. Customer Pick-Up, 11AM to Noon.

DATE: Every Sunday, May 17 thru October 25

ORDER CYCLE: Customers can order Monday thru Thursday. 

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HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET

This drop site location includes F&E delivery to several senior living communities in Saint Paul, and neighboring suburbs. 

 

LOCATION: Highland Village, Lumen Christi Catholic Community Parking Lot, 2055 Bohland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116

TIME: Vendor Drop-Off, 4:00PM to 4:45PM. Customer Pick-Up, 5PM to 6PM. 

DATE: Every Monday, June 8 thru September 28. 

ORDER CYCLE: Customers can order Tuesday thru Friday.

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ELLIOT PARK FARMERS' MARKET

This drop site location includes F&E delivery to several condos and apartments in Downtown Minneapolis. 

 

LOCATION: Finnegans' Tap Room, 817 5th Ave South, Mpls, MN 55404.

TIME: Vendor Drop Off, 4:00PM to 4:45PM, Customer Pick-Up, 5PM to 6PM. 

DATE: Every Thursday, July 16 thru September 24. 

ORDER CYCLE: Customers can order Friday thru Wednesday.

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< REGISTER HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN PRESALE FOR DROP OFF >

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PREPARING PRODUCT FOR DROP DAY

  • Please review your orders, by logging into your SELLER ACCOUNT, and viewing via the ORDERS LISTING. We know that some emails alerting sellers of orders received have been captured by junk/spam filters. Please do not rely on confirmation emails to account for all your orders. 

  • All products must be carefully packaged to withstand the elements, heat, cold and rain.Sellers are asked to be strategic about packaging to accommodate for spills, any product moisture, other products that may emit moisture, rain or wind, and keeping product properly chilled for four hours. If products require temperature control, they must be provided in cooler bags and with ice packs. The bags will returned to sellers whenever possible, however we can't always promise that. Please label all cooler items (including ice packs) with your full name, business name, and phone number. 

  • All products must be clearly identified with the customer's full name and phone number. A customer invoice can be printed from your SELLER DASHBOARD > ORDERS > ORDERS LISTING, and then on the right hand side of the screen, see ADDITIONAL ORDER DETAILS, and pull down ACTIONS > GENERATE CUSTOMER INVOICE. 

  • Management will not be responsible for any product that is misplaced, misdirected or isn't properly packaged for the environment. 

  • Management is also not responsible for product that does not arrive on site or on time. Customer refunds are the responsibility of the seller.  

  • Once product has been delivered to the drop site, under ORDER LISTINGS, seller will identify the order as "fulfilled and accepted," and then note the product as "delivered" with the date (dates cannot be in the past). Seller payment will then be triggered and occur via PayPal. Seller will receive email notification via PayPal immediately. If no notification occurs, contact libby@frankandernie.com to complete payment.

 

LOGISTICS: SELLER DROP OFF

  • Sellers must wear masks when on site. 

  • All automobile traffic will be one way. 

  • During seller drop-off, please arrive to the drop site in an automobile at the time indicated for drop off (above).

  • We will be limiting the number of sellers dropping packages at any one time. 

  • Sellers will proceed as directed by staff, and will unload product direct on to a table.

  • Sellers arriving after the cut-off time will not be allowed to drop off product.

 

LOGISTICS: CUSTOMER PICK UP

  • During the last hour, customers would arrive at the drop/pick up point via automobile, with their full names printed and visible in their front window.

  • Customers are advised, one vehicle per family. 

  • Customers will not leave their cars, whenever possible. 

  • Any product remaining after the allotted pick up time would be donated, or may be tossed dependent on likely contagion load.

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CONTACT US

(612) 867 0854

 libby@frankandernie.com

Libby Wyrum, Owner