I know this has been discussed and ‘closed’ many times but I believe it is an issue which will continue to evolve over time as OFN has new producers and grows.
I understand that the list of products should be as succinct as possible but for Country Markets to use OFN successfully as an online retail platform I think there are a few categories missing (or perhaps ones which could be relabelled if the rest of the community is in agreement).
Firstly, CM cooks make a range of savoury food items in every market across England and Wales. At the moment there is no category for this, other than ‘other food’. ‘Savouries’ is more generic than ‘homemade ready meal’ and would encompass a lot of foods.
Secondly, ‘tasty treats’ is not a category that we would use and I think StroudCo have said similar. Would ‘confectionery’ be a more appropriate alternative?
Thirdly, Country Markets are 1/3 cook, 1/3 grow and 1/3 craft by nature. At the moment the OFN product categories are heavily weighted to food (‘grow’ would go under ‘fruit and veg’ and ‘plants, flowers…’). It would be very good if we were able to have at least one more non food taxon. Perhaps ‘greetings cards’. Certainly West Midlands Country Markets (and I imagine others) see there to be great potential for OFN to help us sell craft items. At the moment it is not customer friendly as they are all ‘lumped’ together.
Many thanks, Louise