Local Food Marketplace: Local Food App

Eugene-based Local Food Marketplace is tapping an Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant to team with the University of Oregon to develop the first white label e-commerce mobile application of its kind for the food hub market. The app will connect locavores with local food—and the farmers that grow it—fast, on the fly, and from anywhere.

The app is based on the company’s desktop computer e-commerce software that is currently used by more than 50 food hubs in the U.S. and Canada, where individual consumers, sous chefs, and grocery store managers use the technology to shop local growers for local foods ranging from meats and mushrooms to cheeses, fruits and veggies. The software also lets food hub customers know exactly how and where the food is grown, and enables farmers to offers specials to better coordinate harvest and inventory.

“The funding and timing were perfect,” says LFM co-founder Amy McCann. “We were in the process of specifying the mobile app when Oregon BEST helped connect us with professor Steve Fickas at the UO. Teaming with the university and working closely with Oregon BEST makes the project stronger and the final product more impactful.”