What It Is: This online food market connects consumers to small and artisanal food producers around the country—and is the world's largest of its kind.
Why We Need It: In an age of fast food, big box retailing, and corporate giants stocking grocery store shelves, Foodzie is a convenient way to find real food produced by real people.
Why It's Fantastic: Too many of us are forced to rely on the decisions of major grocery chain buyers. Foodzie knocks down barriers to locating unique foods made by small farmers and producers.
What Else Is Good: This isn't some big business trying to cash in on a food trend. Foodzie was founded and built into a successful startup by Emily Olson and Rob LaFave, two twentysomething entrepreneurs. Emily tells TakePart that she'd been working for a specialty food retailer, and had been frustrated by the difficulties in balancing her desire to bring in more artisanal products, and the need to meet the bottom line.
Why They Do It: Emily says it's all about a passion for promoting the hard work of America's small farmers and producers. "They're really an important part of our food ecosystem. They're the people that are part of our communities," she tells TakePart. "The connection is really important to us. You'll find stories on every producer on our site."
How It Works: Customers log on to Foodzie and shop by category, holiday, region or brand. Orders are shipped directly from the producers; comestibles aren't sitting in some big company's warehouse. Don't be overwhelmed by all the selections. Foodzie offers a subscription service that curates a few items every month, and ships small sizes out to discerning customers.