Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Video: Farmgate E-Market taking the hassle out of produce shopping

The idea for Farmgate E-Market about in 2015, after Stacey Guyah opted not to renew her contract with a Government agency that deals with community development.

The idea for Farmgate E-Market about in 2015, after Stacey Guyah opted not to renew her contract with a Government agency that deals with community development.

Stacey Guyah is creating linkages through Farmgate E-Market, an online shopping site that sells and delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to customers at their convenience.

The idea came about in 2015, after Guyah opted not to renew her contract with a Government agency that deals with community development.

She was sure she wanted to start her business, and immediately looked around for ideas.

“I figured that I could capitalise on the technology age and find a solution to a problem that many mothers and household heads face,” Guyah, the Managing Partner of Farmgate E-Market said.

Then it occurred to her, why not set up a platform where the produce for many persons could be gathered in one location, and then delivered to their homes and offices.

She was also solving another problem in helping to generate employment and income for others.

“I work with several farmers on both a large and small scale to supply the produce for the business. I’ve gone as far as to encourage them to plant items they wouldn’t have considered, when I see there’s a demand,” said Guyah. 

Farmgate E-Market currently delivers in Kingston, Montego Bay, St Catherine, Savanna-la-Mar and Mandeville, and Guyah hopes to take the service to more areas across the island.

The Portland-born entrepreneur also plans to introduce more value-added items from the produce, having already introduced items such as coconut water and packaged fruits and vegetables for customers who want to detox.

Check out Guyah’s journey in the video, which was edited by Richard Baker.