Sustainable Food Center is excited to announce a new opportunity for our market farmers and clients that is expected to create additional sales and reach new customers with home produce delivery. SFC is working with UberEATS to help bring their delivery technology to the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown by facilitating online ordering and delivery of fresh, local produce directly from farmers. Not able to make it to the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays? This is a good alternative for you to get the local, fresh produce you want, delivered directly to your door, while still supporting your local farmer. Farmers will not pay a fee to participate, plus, UberEATS is offering a discount to new customers and donating a portion of proceeds to support SFC’s food systems work.
UberEATS is accessible through an app for your smart phone. Typically, UberEATS is used to arrange ordering and delivery of restaurant meals. SFC is able to use this same technology, except that we’re making local produce available directly from farmers.
Each Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a $20 box of produce from an SFC market farmer and have it delivered to your door in minutes. Envision an online restaurant menu with a few entrees listed – the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown is the restaurant and each farmers’ offering is the entrée. Order up!
This program will launch this Saturday, May 28th and will be offered every Saturday through July only at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown.
Here’s how to participate:
- Go to the App Store on your smartphone and download UberEATS.
- Each Saturday, open UberEATS on your phone and find SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown.
- Order in real time 8:30am – 12:30pm**. Select the $20 produce box you’d like to order.
- At check out, be sure to use the promo code SFCEATS16 to receive $5 off your first produce box! For each new user that uses this promo code, SFC also receives $3 to help fund all of our wonderful programs.
- Enjoy delicious, local produce delivered directly to your door from the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown!
**Ordering and delivery is real time and only available during this time frame for UberEATS. Pre-orders will not be accepted before ordering opens at 8:30 or after closing at 12:30.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with UberEATS to help distribute farm fresh produce from our SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown to the Austin community. This program directly advances our mission of supporting our farmers and improving access to nutritious food by creating a new and innovative marketplace” says Ronda Rutledge, Sustainable Food Center’s Executive Director.
UberEATS is a fantastic opportunity for the farmers SFC works with to access a brand new market through home delivery from SFC’s Farmers’ Market Downtown. Cas Vanwoerden of Animal Farm in Cat Springs, TX is a long-time vendor at the SFC’s Farmers’ Market Downtown. “We’re excited at Animal Farm to have our fresh, local, organic produce delivered straight to homes via the latest technology from the Share Economy – UberEATS. Nourish your body and contribute to the wellbeing of your farmers and greater community by purchasing the best fruits and vegetables Texas has to offer.”
Please note that the recent decision on Proposition 1 has no effect on this program. UberEats is still active in the Austin market and committed to ensuring a successful partnership with the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown.