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Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa, 2012/04/16 - In kitchens and on farms, in gardens and garages, quality home-made and home-grown goods are being produced throughout SA. “We believe that small producers can contribute towards creating a sustainable future for SA," says Bennette, FarmGate Director.
“We are passionate about South Africa, and as entrepreneurs, our vision is for FarmGate.co.za to have a meaningful impact on the success of the many entrepreneurs producing quality goods on a small scale,” says Bennette.
FarmGate, South Africa's first Online Country Market, was created by the team behind Country Careers, the only job portal specialising in advertising country jobs. FarmGate provides a virtual market place for goods of quality made by serious small producers.
There has been a huge boom in hand-made, home grown and hand crafted produce over the last few years. From chefs to vintners, cheesmakers and bakers, potters and planters, there is a rich abundance of handmade foods, beverages and goods being made with love and attention by individual craftsmen and women.
Specialised markets have been popping up all over the cities of South Africa selling products from jams and pickles to organic meat and home baked bread, from handmade china tea sets to hand woven baskets. Home spun has become super cool! The FarmGate website showcases local, seasonal, handmade producers and their produce. It is not an e-commerce site. Instead, producers can be contacted directly and buyers get their goods right from the ‘farm gate’.
We are starting to go back to basics – back to the local sheep farmer, the artisan baker, the fig jam made from the fruit off the tree in the garden. We want to buy our goods from our neighbours, our friends and our communities, so our money goes to them and not to multinationals and big corporations. We are looking towards local foodies, cooks, craftsmen and artists for quality handmade goods, and we want to get them right ‘at the farm gate'.
We all love to buy natural products from innovative small producers. But how to find all these creative, clever creatures and their wares? At (the) FarmGate of course. We are exploring the length and breadth of South Africa in search of small producers of food, drink, plant products, arts, crafts and other handmade items. The FarmGate website provides a market place to showcase products online, to reach out to foodies and home-connoisseurs, to chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, landscapers, interior designers and gardeners, deli and gift-shop owners, to you and to me – in fact, anyone looking for quality local products that have been hand crafted with love and care.
For our producers, FarmGate (Pty) Ltd is an online marketing site designed to give maximum exposure to your products. Every product page is a web page in its own right. You build up your own individual presence on Google. Potential customers can visit your virtual market stall, view your products online, and contact you directly for queries or orders, all while you are creating, producing, sleeping, living! Contact us now for your own product page on farmgate.co.za.