Greetings farmers and producers!
We are incredibly excited to bring you a new shopping option! Customers can now view and shop for products online, pre-pay, and pickup their purchases at their preferred pickup site each week.
Customers shop at their convenience and pickup their orders at their preferred site weekly. The software has allowed us to create an online store front. Producers can create their own profiles and upload their inventory into the system. We will help you market your products by posting detailed descriptions of products listings and by sharing what is for sale each week on our blog. Listings are shared with our customers weekly.
All of your orders are PRE-PAID. You only have to list what you have for sale that week. If you have 10 of something, list that. Once your inventory is sold, your inventory shows ZERO. You can view your pre-paid orders each week at the end of the buying cycle, which runs from Friday 12:01am through Monday at midnight. You will be responsible for packaging your orders and dropping them off at one of our predetermined drop sites. Reports are available on the site with customer order details.
Through the e-commerce site, your customers can read about your farming practices and contact you directly with questions, so you aren’t missing out on those valuable interactions. Easily reach new customers and build relationships directly from your farm or kitchen.
Producers can choose to participate in all of our pickup sites for online ordering and delivery though this system.
Producers can either drop-off their pre-paid, pre-packaged orders for customers at our Manakin Market site OR at the Chiknegg Incubator Kitchen in Goochland. RVAg staff will pickup orders and bring them back to the kitchen where customer orders will be sorted for delivery to our pickup sites. We have plenty of refrigerator, freezer and dry storage space there.
Our marketplace continues year-round The more options our customers have to shop, the more likely they are to continue to shop with us every week.
There are no Application Fees for vendors. We take 15% (2% goes to Lulu’s, and we pay the credit card processing fees), and we direct deposit into your bank account weekly. We also collect and remit all applicable sales taxes on your behalf so you don't have to worry about sales tax!
So here’s what we need from you:
If you already have a Lulu's account, when you go to your site, your email address will work as your user name and you should NOT set up a new user name account. Once you are in you will find your application in your ADMIN under YOUR APPLICATION. You should open this and scroll to the bottom and SAVE and SUBMIT. After we approve your application, you can then SHARE your INVENTORY by submitting it for our approval.
For vendors who have never used the Lulus site: Follow the link at the very bottom of the Home page and fill out the Application under the Producers section. Please enter as much information as you can. You can save the application and come back to it later if you want, but in order to actually submit it, you must check the Submit box at the bottom of the page.
Questions? Please email our Hub Administrator, Kim Usry Fralin: firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that agriculture is essential to the health of our community, and we are here to help.
Don't hesitate to contact us!
RVAg Executive Director