A team of Loudoun County business and marketing entrepreneurs have launched LoudounGo, a new website for ordering local produce, meat and other items typically sold at farmers' markets.
Purcellville residents Luke and Ardelle Baldwin told the Times-Mirror they have spent the past two years building LoudounGo.
When the coronavirus pandemic began affecting local businesses and farms, they felt the timing was right to launch the product so they could help extend their reach to more customers.
The website goes live on May 15 for orders to be delivered or picked up beginning on May 16.
“I don’t believe anyone anticipated a pandemic. After two years of planning and developing, we were in a position to adjust our priorities," Luke Baldwin said. "Our team and partners have worked together efficiently and intelligently to overcome today’s circumstances. We have built a robust, secure, mega-platform with the capability to promote our businesses and economy in one discoverable place."
The Baldwins and their four daughters have lived in Purcellville for eight years and enjoy traveling around to local farms to buy products and support various local businesses. They were motivated to start LoudounGo because of their own shopping habits, and the new project has been a labor of love.
The website is designed to simplify the shopping process, the creators say. When customers place an order using on LoudounGo.com, they can choose products from multiple farms and businesses and pay with one transaction.
“There is an assortment of anything anyone could want in our product list,” Baldwin said.
Current participating vendors include Great Harvest Bread Co., Laura's 3 Spoons, Twin Oats Foods, Westmoreland Produce, Valencia's Produce, Harmony Hill Farms, The Fermented Pig, Dimitri Oil Farms, Roots to Rise and SR Coffee.
They are working with Loudoun's wineries and breweries to incorporate local beverages into the system in the future, Baldwin said.
LoudounGo has teamed up with Dan Hine, a marketing professional and owner of EatLoco LLC, which operates farmer's markets in Brambleton and One Loudoun. Hine has set up a distribution center at 17 Lawson Road SE in Leesburg to coordinate delivery or curbside pickup of all of the products ordered through LoudounGo.
“The importance of our farmers has never been more relevant," Hine said in a prepared statement. "LoudounGo means farmers no longer need to maintain their own website and social media, work tirelessly in the fields, work multiple busy weekly markets, and then make countless daily deliveries just to make a living. LoudounGo allows farmers and food vendors to increase their bottom line exponentially by allowing us to take the 'sales and delivery' out of their hands."
LoudounGo will be offering contact-less pickup on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Hine's team will coordinate the online orders.
The creators have also partnered with Courtney West, owner of Chariots for Hire, who will distribute the orders within 100 miles.
There is a minimum order of $25, along with a processing fee of $9.99 per order. Delivery fees start at $14.99. More information can be found at loudoungo.com.