There's a New App That Lets You Order Rice Straight From Farmers

Session Groceries brings new meaning to farm-to-table.

( Filipino farmers are struggling. The recent implementation of the Rice Tarrification Law early in 2019 has led to an influx of imported rice in the market—plunging prices of local palay to as low as P7 a kilo. But if you're looking for a way you can help farmers reap the rewards of their hard work, then check out this app: Session Groceries links buyers with farmers, allowing you to buy directly from them. You can order fresh produce—from veggies to rice and any other local produce in between—and have them delivered straight to your doorstep!

As of writing, the app links you to 25 farms. Plus, it notifies you when produce, like bigas, is expected to be dropped in an area. 
Screenshot from Session Groceries App

Originally an online platform, Session Groceries has grown into an app with an even wider delivery range: Produce can be brought to Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Benguet. Just note that the delivery fee is not yet included in the price and may change depending on which date you schedule it for. Payment can be done through a bank deposit or through cash on delivery.

You can select produce from a specific farm under the Vendors tab, or you can scroll through the entire list of available products under Items. You can also check out items by category. The team behind Session Groceries also updates what goods you can buy and when they're scheduled to drop on their Facebook page. Plus, they regularly post about meet-ups with the farmers and their agreements for prices and logistics

"Ang Session Groceries ay paraan para mabigyan ng mas mabuting kaugnayan ang farmers at mga consumers. We want to provide a platform where everyone can have a win-win situation: better revenues for farmers and fresh produce for consumers,” said co-founder Iloisa Romaraog-Diga in a report by Business Mirror. Here's hoping more people follow their lead. 

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Download the Session Groceries app for Android here and for iOS here. For more information, follow the Session Groceries Facebook page.

Main image from IRRI Images/Wikimedia.

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