We would like to bring back door to door delivery to increase consumption of local farm products in the winter.
One of the biggest reasons we hear from people about why they do not buy locally produced food is that it is not convenient. It cannot get more convenient than being delivered to your door! In doing so with an old time horse drawn delivery wagon, we hope to also bring joy into town life in the cold winter. We will be delivering a box to 90 customers each week that contains a mix of farm products from us and farmer friends of ours who share a similar vision of environmental and economic sustainability.
Wintertime sales for us and many businesses around the coast of Maine are very slow. Here at the vineyard in the summer we generally have to do all of our farm work plus all of our sales work in 4 months of the summer. By focusing more on direct to consumer sales in the winter, our work load is spread more evenly over the course of the year. We will also be reaching a more local crowd which we believe to be more sustainable in the long run than catering to the tourist traffic.
Pursuing this project is going to require some additional funding. We need help purchasing a horse drawn delivery wagon, wooden boxes for delivery, a horse trailer to get Don into town, and some marketing and promotional materials. We hope that you can help us realize our vision. We think this project will be a great thing for lots of folks in our community. Thank you for your support!
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Aug 2, 2012 - Aug 23, 2012 (21 days)
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a virtual tour of the final set up including clips from a delivery day sent to your email account.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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a post card with a photo image of the Oyster River Farm Express sent to you with a handwritten "thank you", plus the virtual tour.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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a trucker hat with the silhouette logo, the post card and the virtual tour.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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a tee shirt with the silhouette logo, the trucker hat, the post card, and the virtual tour.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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An original poster advertising the Farm Express, the trucker hat and tee shirt, the post card, and the virtual tour.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Experience a day on the delivery route! Ride the wagon with Brian, and deliver shares for the day. Plus all of the items above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All of the above, PLUS a horse driving lesson with Brian and a farm supper for 2. If you are a proficient teamster, you can take the reins on delivery day!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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1 backer Limited (3 of 4 left)
THE GRAND PRIZE All of above plus one of Don's lucky horseshoes at the end of the season. Truly unique!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012