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Check Out Foodzie, a New Artisanal Online Market

In the past few years America has experienced a major push to eat and shop local, as exemplified by events like Slow Food Nation and the growing popularity of farmers markets. But as technology advances more information online, eating local and the Internet were bound to converge somehow.The resulting product that's emerged? A new site called Foodzie.

This San Francisco-based website connects artisanal food producers with customers across the country. Modeled after the success of Etsy, the online handmade goods marketplace, Foodzie aims to create the experience of the farmers market online. Cofounder Rob LaFave explained: “You get a similar experience to a farmers market . . . but it is much more scalable. Ninety-seven percent of the country does not have this kind of access to artisan foodmakers.”
Above are some of my favorites finds from the shop. Foodzie is an ideal destination for shoppers who can't go to farmers markets. My only qualm is that the idea of eating locally — the whole principle behind the farmers market — gets lost when you're shipping products halfway across the country.

What do you think of Foodzie? Is it poised to be the next big online marketplace?

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emalove emalove 7 years
This is really neat...especially if it's modeled after Etsy! I love that site.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This is a really cool idea, but I don't think it's something I'd use on a regular basis. It seems more like something I'd look to if I wanted something in particular or if something caught my eye as I was browsing.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
this seems like a cool idea, but I think I'd probably still buy from my local grocery store.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Honestly I'd only realy find myself using this for something I'm reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally in search of, otherwise I'd just search it out locally. If I still couldn't find it, I'd have to debate how much I really wanted it before ordering.
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