ABOUT UPSTATE LOCALLY GROWN ON-LINE FARMER’S MARKET

AT A GLANCE:
Farmers literally
pick and pack your order
just hours before you pick it up!

Get your grocery shopping done online, local-style at Upstate Locally Grown!
“Upstate Locally Grown Market” is meant to emulate many aspects of a traditional “booths and tables” farmers’ market. The members are buying directly from the grower, at prices set by the grower. The grower describes what is available, supplies photos of the items, and sets the purchase price.

WHO ARE WE?
…“great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
Steve Jobs — Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003
Every human effort “takes a village”.
We are a cooperative team of sincere and dedicated people; devoted to providing you the freshest, most delicious, most health-boosting foods available. We do this by enlisting volunteer helpers and inviting local sustainable farmers, gardeners, and artisans to list the fruits of their labors on our virtual farmer’s market, so that you may order directly from the producer.

GROWERS"
For more details on our growers, go to Our Growers Page

Our “growers” are a select and very special breed of folks who are known to have sustainability as their standard. All of the growers are selected because they adhere to very strict standards, of which being a “good steward of the land” is a great part.
NO Chemicals: All of us grow without chemical pesticides, herbicides, or horomones.
Animal Welfare: In the case of animals or poultry, each farm is inspected and must practice good animal welfare. No animals are caged; all are free-ranged, and live a life as close to natural for them as a domestic animal can be. Our growers are known in the community to be of fine character, and they each come recommended by a group of their peers. We visit their farms and we personally know their methods of production.

WHAT ARE WE “ABOUT”?
Missions One of our missions is: “Promoting profitable farms which produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.”
Your food dollars go directly to support local farms and local farm families. There is no warehouse, no middleman. With few exceptions, you purchase your produce and proteins directly from the producer.

“The fork is the most powerful tool to change your health and the
planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness.”
~ Dr. Mark Hyman
Another of our important missions is sharing knowledge with others which will give them the skills to select foods that not only taste delicious, but also foods that heal.

HOW ARE WE SUPPORTED?
Upstate Locally Grown Market, like many of the Locally Grown dot Net markets, is an independent, self-supporting entity. Growers earn 75-90% of the price of your groceries. The rest is a small “booth fee”, which helps with advertizing and administration costs. A 10% “service charge” goes toward USLG Market charges, such as Pay Pal fees, Software Fees, and delivery expenses, like gas.

Upstate Locally Grown Market is administered by Putney Farm (Donna and Lenard Putney) with the help of many market helpers.

Proud members of the South Carolina Association of Farmer’s Markets

CONVENIENT
The convenience of ordering directly from home and reaching area farms is a new one, but it is rapidly spreading across the nation.
We founded Upstate locally Grown so that you did not have to travel to every farm and farmer’s market in order to get fresh local sustainable foods and products.
Our friends (Market helpers) set aside their time to personally pack your orders and drop off to us so that you may virtually visit the farm and literally receive the cream of their crop!

GROWER POWERED FARMER’S MARKET
The system is meant to emulate many aspects of a traditional “booths and tables” farmers’ market. The customers are buying directly from the grower, at prices set by the grower. The grower describes what is available, supplies photos of the items, and sets the purchase price.

FRESH
Your order is sent to the growers on Monday, they pick, pack, or make your order, and you receive it either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on your drop-off location. How much fresher can you find?
Our produce is grown without pesticides or herbicides resulting in highly nutritious food and healthy soil, while our animal products are produced free ranged, without the use of chemicals or hormones. WE know each farmer or producer, and they are reviewed by a group of their peers.
The prepared foods may use conventional products, however they are locally produced and contain no preservatives.
Read 5 Reasons to Choose Locally Grown Vegetables

INDEPENDENT AND SELF-SUPPORTING
You are a “*C*ommunity *S*upporting *A*griculture”. You are what makes Upstate Locally Grown thrive.
Upstate Locally Grown is an independent cooperative effort between you and your growers. The market supports itself without the benefit of grants. We have no salaried employees, and depend entirely on volunteer services.

*If you like what we are doing and would like to lend a hand or some of your talents, please contact Donna, Heidi, Courtney or any of our grower partners.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • You enter your contact information at “YOUR ACCOUNT” and select your preferred DROP-OFF LOCATION.
  • WE send out weekly HARVEST NEWS EMAIL to signal open ordering on Thursday evening.
  • You browse the over 400 locally produced products on the MARKET PAGE 24/7
  • You order directly from local farms and businesses by filling your cart on the MARKET page, then going to check out.
  • YOU receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL from the website, invoicing and totaling your order.
  • YOU click on the Pay Pal “Donate” Button and deposit any amount to draw down for your local groceries. (Once you deposit, funds are redeemable in products, not cash)
  • WE close the ordering on monday morning and send the Harvest email to each “GROWER”.
  • THE GROWERS pick and pack each order and meet us at a central location with your products.
  • WE put your orders together and hand them to you within hours at your appointed pick up time.
  • YOU Enjoy your local fare and make plans for what you would like for next week. :0)

We were featured in G the Magazine of Greenville.

Photo by Patrick Cavan Brown

Mother Earth
(Published in January 2010 issue of G Magazine)

In two years, Donna Putney’s Upstate Locally Grown food cooperative has blossomed

It’s Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Clemson’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Donna Putney hurriedly pulls pallets of farm-fresh eggs, coolers of Anderson County–raised beef, and plastic bags stuffed taut with winter greens from her well-worn Ford Windstar minivan. One by one, folks emerge from their cars and sidle over to pick up their fresh, organic produce, dairy, and proteins that hail from all across the Upstate. An offering like this was once unheard of outside of warm-weather Saturday farmers markets, but Putney has worked to change the way Upstate omnivores eat year-round. And she’s done it one household at a time.

“This appeals to me the way peace and love appealed to me in the ’60s, and—later on—as Whole Earth magazine and Mother Earth News appealed to my sense of being one with nature,” Putney offers, a wild mane of curls bobbing around her face.

A little more than two years ago, the flower child–turned–sustainable farmer founded Upstate Locally Grown, a virtual market that brings local, organic produce and proteins to residents of Anderson, Greenville, and Pickens counties. Today, her food cooperative has 600 members and counting, and it is one of about 115 such markets across North America.

“Not only does Donna’s program provide us with great-tasting and nutritious farm products, it also provides greater economic opportunities for our local farmers,” says Geoff Zhender, coordinator of Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Program.

For Putney, eating organic is fiercely personal. At nineteen, newly graduated from nursing school, she was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Within a few years she was totally disabled. She sold Tupperware, and that’s when a colleague referred her to a holistic doctor who treated her for a virus. “That began my interest in whole foods and herbs,” she says.

She and her husband Lenard own ten acres in the Friendship Community of Honea Path and raise about 300 laying hens, grow a handful of fruits and vegetables, and cultivate a variety of edible flowers and herbs.

Putney also finds herself laying the groundwork to usher Upstate Locally Grown into its next phase. She envisions including more small-scale growers like herself to the market, incorporating a teaching component, and setting up a distribution system that will streamline deliveries and conserve resources.

As co-op members become more involved, Putney sees even greater growth ahead for the organization. “I really, truly love our members … and regardless of socio-economic background, we all love real, fresh foods, and we’re willing to do what we have to in order to get local foods into our homes.”
-Heidi Coryell Williams