We move our offices to the Hope Artiste Village (upstairs) and begin our first Market Mobile deliveries — facilitating transformative buying relationships between local farmers and wholesale buyers. The pilot program is made possible thanks to collaboration with the RI Department of Health, RI DEM Division of Agriculture, and Narragansett Creamery. And for that first season, we aggregate orders during the wintertime farmers market!
Market Mobile finds a temporary home at the Canaan & Co warehouse before landing in a more permanent space in the Hope Artiste Village, near our offices, where it now has its own dedicated cold, freezer, and dry storage. As startup grants that funded the first months of Market Mobile end, the sales percentage retained to cover program costs increases from 10 to 15 percent to closer match true operational costs.