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May 9 online sales - Final prep to go live

Howdy May 9 vendors, 

This is a reminder prompt to do what you are able to put the finishing touches on your Producer Profile in Local Food Marketplace (LFM) today, Saturday 5/2. I plan to have the LFM site go live later today for customer browsing, and then customer orders to go live tomorrow, Sunday 5/3. Note that you will still have a chance to modify and make updates while the LFM site is live, and when orders are live... it will just update in real time.

Also, FYI, I plan to get this type of LFM vendor info up on the MFM website so that it is in a static place that you can more easily refer to (rather than the tangle of emails I've been sending, haha). It's not there yet though, one step at a time.

How to access LFM

The following links are live now, and will remain the same after we open it up to customers. Customers will access the online ordering site via a button on the MFM website homepage (it's not there yet). FYI I will be updating the content of the LFM storefront to be customized for our May 9 event. It's just default placeholder info right now. 

Biz Profile Image - submit image to Emily

All, if you want a profile image for your business listing send me a file image today. Only admin can upload that image so it has to go through me. (Pacific Roots Coffee already has theirs up so if you go to the storefront url and click on producers you can see their profile as an example.) The profile image appears to the left of the written business description.


The remainder of this message can be skimmed for what is pertinent to you based on where you're at with LFM setup.  

Producer Set Up in LFM Info

At this moment you're all at different stages of set up so I've included all the main info in here so you can reference as need be.

Products: Most efficient is send Emily a product list of what you want to sell for May 9 and I will enter it all in for you. I'll need the following info. If this is not easy or convenient for you there are options ... text or call and I can help identify a good strategy.

  • Product name and variety (Eg, Red Russian Kale)

  • Unit you want listed for sale (eg, Bunch, or Bulk-bagged) 

  • Price per unit (eg $3 per bunch)

  • Quantity of product available (eg 20 bunches) 

Product Images and Descriptions

  1. Log in to LFM,

  2. Click on the "Products" tab (in the lefthand menu).

  3. Click on one of your products

  4. Enter description and image in popup window of product info as desired.

  5. Click on "Save Changes" button

  6. You can preview the listing by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the right hand column of the list view of your products.

Business Description: (optional) If you want to add it here are your instructions: 

  1. Log in to LFM (click on "Forgot Password" if need be)

  2. Click on the "Settings" tab (in the lefthand menu).  

  3. Click on the "Info" tab (horizontal menu up top)

  4. Click on the link to "Producer Profile Page" (blue text hyperlink below the word "Info") to see how your business profile will be displayed.

  • Preview of your profile page opens in a new tab.

  1. Back on the "Info" tab, add text for "Description" and "Practices" if you like.

Product availability and inventory: To list product availability:

  1.  Log in to LFM,

  2. Click on the "Products" tab (in the lefthand menu).

  3. Click on the "+" icon on the right hand side for one of your products

  4. Enter quantity.

  5. Click on the "Update Availability" button

  6. You can preview the listing by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the right hand column of the list view of your products in the Product Tab.

Note there are different ways of listing the availability and inventory. LFM uses Type A, B, and C explained briefly here:

  • Type A for products that either have only one selling unit listed, or have two selling units that pull from the same inventory (e.g., coffee sold by 1 lb. or 2 lb units, or potatoes sold by the 1 lb. or 2 lb.).

  • Note if you are looking at the product details the "Multipl." column you'd enter "1" for a 1 lb. unit, and you'd enter "2" for a 2 lb. unit.

  • Note that sort order is the order in which the items appear in the drop down menu the customers sees. Use 1, 2, etc to order the units in order from smallest to largest.

  • Type B products are sold by weight and once the customer order is final the exact weight of the item sold is entered into the order so that the price charged to customer is based on exact weight (e.g., cuts of meat)

  • Type C is for products that are discrete selling units that do not have overlapping inventory (e.g., jars of honey)

There are more details and nuances to what LFM can do, but that's a solid start. Help or questions Again, at any time in this process, if you'd like help immediately, text or call me at the Manzanita Farmers Market's phone number 503-836-3534. Feel free to reach out at any time and I'll get back to you as promptly as I can, including mornings and evenings. Seriously, don't hesitate to reach out. For less urgent items, email is a great way to reach me. I'm here to help any way I can and I have a lot of options for ways to help via admin access from the back end in LFM and I've already spent quite a lot of time with it.   Best,  ~Emily

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