10 Online Stores That Help Local Farmers
Get fresh vegetables delivered to your home.
(SPOT.ph) With our tropical weather and innovative use of rice fields (just look at our majestic rice terraces in Banaue), we all know that the Philippines has always been an agricultural country. And yet, our farmers often get the short end of the stick because of rice trading laws, issues on land grabbing, and other forms of exploitation. Transport and oversupply problems amid the ongoing quarantine don't make things easier for them either, as the Philippines plunges into recession. Hoping to help them make ends meet, various groups have started to facilitate buy-and-sell transactions between farmers in the provinces and consumers in the Metro through the power of the Internet. Some of them even have social media pages or websites all set up so you can order fresh produce for your homes.
Check out these online platforms for getting fresh fruits and vegetables delivered right to your doorstep—and helping farmers too:
Sadiwa is a women-led initiative in Metro Manila that aims to help out a group of Cordillera farmers. You can order strawberries, king berries, choga berries, lemons, avocado, mago, strawberry jam, blueberry jam, and Kalinga Robusta coffee beans from their social media accounts. Orders arrive between one and two weeks and customers can either pick up the package from Alley 1 Project 6 or K-Ville Homes, Cenacle Drive, Tandang Sora—both in Quezon City; or book a courier service. Payments can be done through bank deposits via BDO, BPI, or GCash.
Agritech startup Mayani partnered with farmers from different regions to promote local farming communities. The online platform has more than 100 farmers onboard, including pineapple growers from Echague; Isabela, tomato farmers from Nagtipunan, Quirino; and honey producers from Palawan. Mayani also offers frozen meat and fish; as well as packaged rice, tablea, and coffee beans.
For orders, visit Mayani’s website.
Since their inception in 2014, Make a Difference Travel has been helping marginalized communities through their unique travel tours that connect tourists with locals. Travelers get to volunteer in an organic farm, go hiking the traditional way, and join other ecotourism activities. While leisure travel is out of the question this quarantine period, Make a Difference (MAD) Travel has branched out to MAD Market—an online farmer's market that features fresh fruits and vegetables, bottled products, and spices from their partner communities, including Aetas from Zambales and Bataan. The website also carries personal care items from Human Nature.
For orders, visit MAD Market’s website.
Early in 2019, an oversupply in unsold vegetables and fruits left Benguet farmers with no choice but to dump their harvest on the road side. Our palay produce wasn't so lucky, too, ever since the Rice Tariffication Law was implemented and the market saw an influx in imported rice. In an effort to help farmers, Baguio-based online grocery store Session Groceries started accepting orders from customers in Metro Manila in January 2019; and now with the quarantine in place, the app has seen an influx of orders from people staying home. You can shop for brown rice, strawberries, avocados, and other fruits and vegetables straight from the farms of the Cordilleras through their app.
More than just a farmers' market, Bagsakan is also a collective movement that pushes for land reform. "Bahagi ito ng pagtatanggol sa karapatan sa lupa at kasabay na nagtitiyak ng pagkain para sa mamamayan," says their About page. Regularly check their Facebook for updates on their next cut-off and delivery dates as well as a list of products, which range from vegetables, fruits, to delicacies like kakanin.
For orders, visit Bagsakan on Facebook.
Kaboghayan's vegetable supply comes from farmers from the Episcopal Church in the Mountain Province and Lupang Ramos in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Products also include rainbow pan de sal, chocolate pandesal, yogurt, kesong puti, and sandwich spread (chocolate, mango, peanut butter, and dulce de leche)—all from the farmers' cooperative.
For orders, visit Kaboghayan on Facebook.
Sustainable Sagada is on a mission to not only support the farmers of Sagada "during times of economic crisis but even beyond." It offers everything we love from the highlands: wood-smoked bacon and etag, mountain tea, fresh vegetables, mulberry jam, strawberry preserve, and sweet cookies. Watch for their next run on Facebook as well as details on delivery dates. Pick-up locations are in Quezon City and Pasig, but they also offer delivery with additional cost.
For orders, visit Sustainable Sagada on Facebook.
Igorot Fresh Produce
Igorot Fresh Produce’s Instagram account facilitates delivery of produce from the mountains of Benguet to customers in Metro Manila and Laguna. They’re looking to partner with more groups of farmers from both the highlands and lowlands who have been having issues with oversupply. Deliveries are every Wednesday and Saturday, with order cut-offs on Monday and Thursday, respectively.
For orders, visit Igorot Fresh Produce on Instagram.
Down to Earth
Down to Earth sells and delivers products from a family farm in the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. They practice organic farming and promote sustainable agriculture across Mindanao. Aside from herbs and vegetables, you can also shop for plant kits, grass-fed beef, pantry staples, and edible flowers through their website. Deliveries are from Wednesday to Friday with a Tuesday cut-off.
For orders, visit Down to Earth's website.
Good Food Community
Founded in 2011, Good Food Community offers an "alternative food system based on ethical and ecological farming that transforms consumers into co-producers." They implement the community-supported agriculture system where consumers subscribe to weekly deliveries of local vegetables, which results in stable demand for farmer's produce and sustainable income for the agricultural communities. Subscriptions range from vegetable bundles to salad packs, and products are sent in a reusable bayong or tampipi for zero-waste delivery.
For orders, visit Good Food Community's website.
Gising Gising is a social enterprise that lets you buy fresh vegetables and provides a similar box for a family in need with every purchase. Every box contains six kilograms worth of vegetables sourced ethically from farmers in Benguet and Quezon.
For orders, visit Gising Gising's website.