In this tough economy, many are turning to gardens and locally grown fruits and vegetables for produce.
Now there’s a high-tech way to find low-tech farmers. Shared Harvest Connecticut is going online to bring shoppers and farmers together.
It’s sort of an online match-making service for farmers and shoppers. For the shopper, the Web site is free. It includes listings from farmers, which are similar to classified ads.
Farmers tell the Hartford Courant they see this as an opportunity to expand their customer base.
"Some people are aware that it's going to be a little more expensive than what they're paying at the grocery store, but they're willing to pay for that to support local farms," Ryan Matson, of Savage Hill Cattle Co. in Berlin, told the Courant. "Everyone knows farms are disappearing. We rely on (consumers) to keep us afloat and they do their best to support us."
The Shared Harvest Connecticut’s Web site also allows farmers to network with food banks if they have seconds or a crop surplus.