Friday, February 11, 2011

Veggie Trader

Unfortunately, Veggie Trader has gone on to the great compost pile in the sky. We'd like to thank everyone who visited and used the site over the past couple of years, and hope many of you found it useful. We had a great time creating the site and bringing it to you, and are very sad and sorry to see it go. But who knows? Maybe in the future, something even better will sprout up here.

23 comments:

Carolyn said...

Veggie Trader, you were ahead of your time, and I'm very sorry to see you go. The concept is a fabulous idea, and the world just needs to catch up to it!

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I just came across Veggie Trader and find it such a cool idea. What happened? Why did you guys stop? What happened to the website...

Please let me know!!
Thank you,
Oliver

Beth said...

Why did you guys stop veggie trader?
I mean its the beginning of the season why would you stop it now?
Our garden produces to many tomato's but not enough to have a booth at the Market. Please let us know what happened. I may be young but I am a great gardener and i take care of veggie trader.
Thanks

Stephanie said...

Hi Everybody. This is Stephanie Sawchenko. I wish I could explain why Veggie Trader has been shut down but I am under contract and cannot. BUT I had a great experience starting and trying to grow Veggie Trader and I intend to start something new, gardening and food sustainability related - on my own - in the future. Thank you everybody for being so kind and supportive.

Anonymous said...

what city was this based in?

Anonymous said...

It was nation-wide.

Ronnie said...

Under contract to shut it down? The evilness of Monsanto knows no bounds.......?

Josh Green said...

Yes I am sorry to see it go too. I first learned about Sprouting when I was on here months ago. I hate to see people's hard work disappear.

Anonymous said...

Hey All,

I just found this site for the first time and its already gone. Veggie trader sounded like a great idea...maybe some of us with computer experince could get together and come up with our own site. I'm based out of norther california....

Kristin

Rob said...

Hi everyone. Rob from Veggie Trader here. We appreciate all the kind words, and again, we are very sad to see the site go. We put a lot of effort into it, but perhaps as said above, we were ahead of our time.

jenoise said...

I am glad that you all tried out this great idea. I had a very good personal experience with veggietrader and I thank you for that. It was a great idea and I hope that you might give it another shot! All the best to you!

Ed Hill said...

Rob, Stephanie,

Thanks for your work with Veggie Trader. I enjoyed reading it. Too bad it came to an end.

Ed Hill,
Atlanta

Anonymous said...

MAKE AN APP!!!!!!

Stephanie said...

Yeah. I would like to make an app. But it's not my decision.

Veg said...


Sad to see this go and hope it does sprout up again.

Please visit my

Food for Thought---and Action
at
www.brook.com/food

for some good info.

Anonymous said...

I loved the concept and think it has potential on smaller scale local mixes. I was able to trade a few things on there two seasons ago but last year there were no posts for my area all summer and it was frustrating. The word needs to get out about things like this with local "chapters" or something coordinating with eachother. I'm in Sonoma County, contact me if you are too and want to talk produce: Plant_nut33@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

What if the USDA Subsidized Gardens? Provocative question? If they did, then there would be an information system to help gardeners optimize their productivity. Interesting post by Mark Bittman, graphic by kitchen gardener's international here: http://bittman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/what-if-the-u-s-d-a-subsidized-gardens/

Michael Bernstein said...

Stephanie and Rob, whose decision was it?

And, can you share any 'lessons learned' from the experience?

Rob said...

Michael, I believe there are always plenty of "lessons learned" in any venture, regardless of the level of success. It may seem obvious, but if I had to choose one thing as it relates to Veggie Trader, it is that people need to post and participate for an exchange to be vibrant and successful.

Jonas said...

Hi Stephanie,

My name is Jonas, are you still working on food sharing, and would you be interested in talking with me about your experiences with Veggie Trader? I may try and develop something like this and would love to not duplicate work if possible! Let me know,

-Jonas

Stephanie said...

Hi Jonas,

I am pretty sure I can't duplicate Veggie Trader. But I'd be happy to offer some advice. It would be good to see how other people are trying to tackle this food/sustainability problem. I would need your email address.

-Stephanie

Jonas said...

jonas@y2g.org

Smart Moms Saving Money said...

I am a dollar short and a day late. Dang it! I have a tree full of big, juicy pears and I would LOVE to trade with someone for any other type of produce. Do any of you know where I can find out if I need a permit to trade pears? I live in the New Orleans, La area. Thank you and I wish the owners much success in whatever other areas your working in.
Laura