Healthy Acadia’s MDI FarmDrop brings community and local food economy back into the heart of downtown rural Maine. Customers enjoy the convenience of shopping from home, and with a quick stop downtown to pick up their orders, they avoid long waits, crowds, and the stress of meal-planning while at the grocery store. Farmers are benefited by minimal time spent off the farm and the security of a harvest-to-order operation.
What sets FarmDrop apart from other farmers markets is its embedded 10% handling fee that supports Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative – a farm-based food collection and donation project that feeds people experiencing hunger with surplus nutritious produce. At minimal cost to the customer, this model brings more local food into the homes of individuals and families with limited food budgets.
The website offers Saturday – Thursday online access to local fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, bread, eggs and prepared food.
Customers pick up their orders from 3-6pm on Fridays at Floret in Somesville.
How is this service for you?
• Buy local produce from a farmers’ market with a simple click
• Save time and money by planning your meals ahead of time
• Allow farmers to harvest only what they know is already sold
• Participate in the food security projects we run with no additional effort
Blue Hill FarmDrop was developed in 2011 by George and Mary Alice Hurvitt of The Blue Hill Wineshop, and made possible by the generous support of the Community Health Alliance, now administered through Maine Farmland Trust. We cannot thank them enough for their leadership.
MDI FarmDrop was launched in January 2018 in partnership with A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), a non-profit organization seeking to achieve energy independence for Mount Desert Island by 2030. We are grateful for this collaboration and the important work that ACCT is doing in our community.
In summer 2018 we partnered with Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) – a state-wide conservation organization protecting lands and islands and connecting people to the coast. FarmDrop operations took place at MCHT’s Stewardship Barn in Somesville during the months of May-September. Since the early 1990’s, MCHT has worked with MDI landowners to protect 18 farmland properties, several of which participate in FarmDrop MDI.