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Tips and best practices to running a successful online store for your farm or farmers' market

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How Wild Flight Farm Sells Direct, Wholesale, and At-Market Using One Farm Tool

June 17, 2021

Hermann and Louise Bruns, founders and owners at Wild Flight Farm in Mara, British Columbia, have been farming together for 27 years. They produce..

Sell Everywhere, to Every Customer: Why You Should Upgrade from Vendor to a Full Local Line Account

April 22, 2021

The Local Line Market platform is a great tool to help markets (and vendors) sell to their customers online. As a vendor, you get access to a..

30 Posts, 30 Ways: Instagram Ideas to Copy-and-Post Directly to Your Account

April 15, 2021

The goal for your Instagram business account should be to connect and engage with people who want to buy your products. With 1 billion active..

The Blended Farmers’ Market: How Toledo Market Thrives with Online and In-Person Sales

March 25, 2021

The Toledo Thursday Market has been serving their local community for nearly 5 years. Recently, they doubled in size and now have a strong..

Local Line Storefront

March 10, 2021

The Local Line platform has a whole new look! We are very excited to announce that our new storefront is now live on all Local Line accounts.

How Shared Legacy Farms Sold Out Their 400 Member CSA

February 15, 2021

Kurt and Corinna Bench run Shared Legacy Farms, a 400 member CSA in Elmore, Ohio. With over 12 years of farming experience, their veggie box..

10 Local Line Best Practices To Increase Your Online Sales

January 3, 2021

Get the most out of your Local Line account! Using all the features from catalog schedules to pick lists and pack lists will allow you to maximize..

How This CSA Increased Their Average Sales After Transitioning to Local Line

October 23, 2020

Since moving their CSA online, Milky Way Farm’s sales have seen a noteworthy increase in their average sales; before using Local Line, this Farm..

How To Set Up Your Local Line Store: A Step-By-Step Guide

September 17, 2020

Setting up your online store is the first step to selling online and organizing your business all in one place.

6 Local Line Resources That Will Help You Run Your Business

September 15, 2020

At Local Line, we want to help you run your most successful business possible. We love sharing helpful and useful content about sales, marketing,..

How to Make Your Market a Contact-Free Pickup Zone

September 8, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way our markets operate. With greater restrictions and regulations in regards to the health and safety of customers and..

How to Successfully Offer Home Delivery for Your Farm Business with Darren Stott

September 3, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the business model for many farmers. As some markets close and traditional sales channels adapt, farmers need to find new..

How this Biodynamic Farm is Meeting Demand Online

August 27, 2020

Based in Mulmur, Ontario, Fiddle Foot Farm saw record sales in May during their annual seedling sale. They sold almost three times as many..

How This Nova Scotia Farm Used Local Line to Move Local Sales Online

July 30, 2020

Located on the Amherst Shore in Chapman Settlement, Nova Scotia, Wysmykal Farm has completely revamped their veggie basket program with their new..

How This Kentucky Cattle Farm Saw Record Sales During COVID-19

July 20, 2020

Bluegrass Beef Kentucky has seen record online sales since the start of COVID-19. Since March 2020, this grass-fed beef farm has seen sales..

How This 200-Year-Old Farmers’ Market is Finding Success Selling Online

July 14, 2020

The Ottawa Markets have been serving their community for almost 200 years, starting in 1826. This community favourite was forced to adjust when..

Finding Success with Your Online Farmers’ Market Store with Darren Stott

July 3, 2020

Times have changed. Getting markets connected and online is new for a lot of market managers and vendors. At Local Line, we want to help! We were..

Local Line and Perennia Partnership Helps Nova Scotian Food Producers Sell Online

June 16, 2020

Local Line and Perennia Food & Agriculture Inc. are pleased to announce their partnership to support Nova Scotian food producers during COVID-19.

How to Take Product Photos for Your Online Store That Sell

February 19, 2020

Photos sell! Your online store needs to be a showcase of your brand, quality, and story. Often businesses don’t spend the time needed on their..

How The Chef’s Farmer is Saving Time with Local Line

December 5, 2019

The Chef’s Farmer produces and sells high quality, Calgary-grown produce to chefs and restaurants across the city. Started by Kye Kocher, the..

5 Ways to Attract New Customers

November 21, 2019

If you looking to expand your customer base, here are five tips for getting more customers:

Customer Service 101: How to Respond to an Order Complaint and Keep the Customer

October 30, 2019

Excellent customer service is the best way to maintain and retain customers. Sometimes things happen, and a customer is left unhappy with a..

Supporting Their Community Through Local Food and an Online Store: KW Habilitation and Our Farm

October 6, 2019

KW Habilitation is a local not-for-profit organization located in Kitchener-Waterloo that provides a wide range of individualized services for..

7 Tips to Setting Up the Best Online Storefront

October 3, 2019

Congratulations on your online store! Welcome to the world of selling online. Your online store is the first thing customers now see when..

How to Write Product Descriptions That Sell

September 18, 2019

When you’re selling food online, your product descriptions and product photos are the most persuasive tools you have to get customers to buy. A..

How to Recruit the Best Talent For Your Farm or Farmers' Market

September 3, 2019

There usually comes a point in your business where it’s time to expand and grow your team. As a small business owner, every hand contributes..

Local Line Launches Free Website Builder For Farmers

August 21, 2019

Local Line, an e-commerce & logistics software platform for farmer’s, food hubs, and farmers markets is pleased to announce the launch of a free..

How to Calculate Hourly Delivery Costs for Your Farm

August 12, 2019

Delivery costs can be very expensive and hard to track. When first starting to offer delivery in your business, it is important to calculate the..

Expert's Guide: How to Use Advanced Inventory to Save Time

July 19, 2019

To help our customers better manage their inventories, we created Advanced Inventory. This feature allows you to create multiple packages, units,..

How to Determine Cost of Goods Sold for Your Farm Products

June 20, 2019

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is the total of all the costs that go into producing a product. Calculating this value can become complicated depending..

How to Take Better Farm Photos for Instagram

April 30, 2019

Social media is all about content. Consumers like quality photos that represent your brand, story, and product! Good content increases sales,..

How Argus Farm Stop Uses a Retail Store, Food Hub, and Local Line

April 23, 2019

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Argus Farm Stop is an independent local food retailer that is changing the way their community members access..

How to Get Started with Instagram as a Farmer

April 8, 2019

Instagram is a great tool to help you market your business! It’s all about visual content and is great for showcasing your production process,..

The Advantages to Accepting Online Payments

March 11, 2019

An essential aspect of having an online store is providing online payments. Here are six reasons why accepting payments online could benefit your..

How to Get More Online Product Reviews for Your Products

March 4, 2019

Social-proof is the best way to sell a product. Consumers want to know that they are making a smart, informed decision based on what others are..

How Castor River Farm Used Local Line to Reduce Order Errors

February 27, 2019

Operating for 30 years and selling direct to customers for the last 12 years, Castor River Farm specializes in rolled oats that are rolled daily...

The New Model for Local Food Distribution in Northern Ontario

January 24, 2019

Located just outside Sudbury in Northern Ontario, Click Fork, an innovative new food hub, is serving their community with fresh, local food in a..

How Woolleys' Lamb Took Charge of Their Branding with Local Line

January 18, 2019

Starting a new business isn’t easy. One of the biggest challenges for food suppliers today is getting your product in your customer’s hands. Many..

How Thousand Hills Ranch Enhances Customer Communication with Local Line

January 17, 2019

Located in Morden, Manitoba, a two-hour drive from Winnipeg, Thousand Hills Ranch is a family farm producing grass-fed beef and lamb. Thousand..