Article and photos by: Shelby Mulligan, #MostlyMidland
Farm2Door is a natural food company located in North Simcoe. Its purpose is to connect local producers and local eaters. Launched in April 2020, just as the first COVID wave was taking hold in Ontario, Farm2Door opened an online farmers market with delivery and curbside pickup options.
The company’s co-founders Bart & Simone Nagel and Evain & Rachel Maurice, who both run small family farm businesses, put their heads together as it became clear their summer market season income was in jeopardy. Previous to the Coronavirus outbreak they made the bulk of their income travelling from Newmarket to Huntsville selling their produce and small batch preserves at farmers markets and festivals. With a global pandemic taking hold, they realized that source of income would not be feasible and they also knew they weren’t alone. There were many small batch producers and local farmers faced with the very real possibility of no income in 2020!
Farm2Door started working with a handful of small producers on its e-commerce farmers market platform. Over the past year, more and more local farmers, growers, bakers, speciality and small batch makers and restaurants have come onboard to the point that the platform now represents more than 80 local producers. You can find a wide range of products from sauces to prepared meals to micro greens to seasonal vegetables to eggs, rice, flour, fish, cheese and more.
The company decided it needed a centralized location for producers to drop off and customer orders to be packed. Their search found 159 Balm Beach Road in Tiny Township which is centrally located and as a bonus, offered a great retail space. The location has been nick-named “The Hub” for obvious reasons. On any given day there are producers dropping off and customers dropping in!
The Farm2Door Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program plays a key role in connecting local people to the farmers in their community. The program provides farmers with funds to start their planting season in return for a weekly veggie share. Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings, up to 10 local producers bring their fresh produce to the Farm2Door hub where the CSA boxes are packed for pick up or delivery. It’s possible to eat nutritious, great tasting local veggies within hours of them being picked.
CSA Members are invited to participate in a private Farm2Door Facebook group and talk to farmers and fellow local foodies alike. All things CSA related will be communicated through the Facebook group, recipes will be shared and you may even get to meet a famous chef or two. New this year, Farm2Door is making it easy to donate local food! We’re working with the Guesthouse and the Foodbank in Midland to facilitate donations of CSA shares to those in our communities who need it most. There is an “Add $5 to my weekly order” option, as well as other choices for donating local food to local people.
Farm2Door was recently voted “Best Farm Market” in the annual Readers Choice Awards of a Simcoe area news publication. “As a brand new company it was a wonderful recognition to get nominated”, said General Manager Bart Nagel, but to be recognized this way by the local people in our community? We’re extremely grateful because the love is absolutely mutual!”
For more information on Farm2Door Canada please visit their Website
Open Tues – Sat 10am – 3pm 159 Balm Beach Rd. E., Tiny, ON L0L 2J0 (705) 245-5100