Welcome to Down East Connect! As you probably know, we're a local farm-to-table non-profit, targeting the southeast region of North Carolina. Our program is a grassroots effort between Wilmington business-owner Joshua Heinberg and NCSU Cooperative Extension Service Horticultural Agent, Howard Wallace, to literally bridge the gap between urban consumers and rural producers by managing the online farmers market and organizing fresh from the farm deliveries from a wide variety of local farms on an efficient one-day-per-week schedule.
Free membership is available upon registration through one of our community connection points and home delivery options are available for purchase through the marketplace or through annual membership support.
Take a look around.
Exciting changes are happening everyday on the 24-7 online marketplace. Local farmers are utilizing high-tunnels, low-tunnels, greenhouses, and state-of-the-art efficiency to grow healthy, affordable produce all year. Enjoy the fresh flavor of local farms combined with the convenience of online-shopping while supporting the sustainable efforts local foods producers.
Shop the market for your weekly grocery needs or browse the profiles of local farms to get to "know-your-farmer". What's more? Your support directly influences the availability of locally-grown produce. By making purchases through DEC, farmers receive a valuable service and a much larger profit margin than with other retail outlets.
Help us- Help You!
Complete our Local Food Preferences survey to help us gain insight into our local food hub, Down East Connect!
We'd really appreciate it if you follow this link and complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGSLSNS
Join the Progressive Farms member group here to supplement your weekly CSA share with local, fresh-picked local food from Down East Connect and the Farmer's Fresh Market!
Down East Connect is now delivering to the Wilmington Family YMCA and Halyburton Park!
Register as a member of the Wilmington Family YMCA or Halyburton Park to start receiving Tuesday deliveries from your favorite local farms with Down East Connect, now delivering farm-fresh on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
*Please note: Tuesday locations are only available for delivery in peak season. Thursday delivery can be substituted. Please see Deliveries for updated connection point list and times.
It's like having a 24 hour farmers market in your computer. Once orders are placed online, local growers process them, and we deliver them - picked and shipped within 24 hours!
Best of all, our farmers recieve an 80/20 split on every item sold through Down East Connect. So you are not only eating the freshest and most flavorful produce available, but you are helping local farmers with every bite.
As a not-for-profit organization, Our mission is to provide the best local produce in a convenient and sustainable manner while promoting the success and future of our local, Down East agriculture.