How To Add a Listing

Need a little guidance on how to use the WA Food & Farm Finder, or to create a free business listing? We have several tutorial videos and guides to help! Technical assistance for the WA Food & Farm Finder is available from Eat Local First. Please reach out to info@eatlocalfirst.org for assistance.

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Page Contents

‘Steps to Create a Listing’

‘Steps to Update a Listing’

‘Video Tutorials’

Basic Introduction to the WA Food & Farm Finder

Video Tour of the WA Food & Farm Finder (7 minutes)

Steps to Create a Listing:

1. If you have not previously registered, register your business here: https://eatlocalfirst.org/register

2. Once you’re registered, login to your account. Your account dashboard is where you’ll create your first listing and edit previous listings. Click the orange ‘Add New Listing’ button to access the listing form.

Any fields marked with an asterisk are required to progress to the next page of the listing form. At any point, the ‘Save and Exit’ can be selected in the top right corner to complete your form at your convenience. Forms saved but not submitted will not be reviewed for publishing.

Note: If you are a lister with multiple businesses with separate revenue streams or missions that you would like to differentiate between, multiple listings should be made.

What is the name of your business? Input the public-facing name of your business, as it appears on signage and/or online.

Do you grow, raise, catch, harvest or forage a raw product? This question will help determine your primary business type. By selecting ‘yes,’ you will be categorized as a producer (farmer, rancher, fisher, forager, etc.). Do not select ‘yes’ if you do not consider producer to be your primary business type, even if you also produce a raw product.

If you’ve selected ‘yes,’ indicate all of the products that your business provides utilizing the drop down menus.

Do you make or manufacture a product using locally sourced ingredients? This question will add a secondary business category to producers who also make value added products, or help determine your primary listing category as a non-producer. Select ‘no’ if you make or manufacture a product but your primary business is a restaurant or grocer. If you would like to communicate to potential customers a product you make in-house, that information can be added in your business description. See note about listers with multiple businesses above.

Select all of the products that your business makes, utilizing the drop-down menus.

Is this listing for a Farmers Market or Dockside Seafood Market? This question will appear if you do not identify as producer or maker, and therefore have selected ‘no’ to the previous questions. If you are a Farmers or dockside seafood market, choose ‘yes’ and then select which you identify as.

If you are a market, the next page ‘Select the local products that you sell‘ allows you to let customers know what vendors offer by selecting items in the drop-down menus.

How would you classify your business or organization? This question will appear if you do not identify as a producer, maker, or farmers/seafood market, but instead identify as Retail & Distribution, a Food & Beverage Service, or a food Education, Access & Advocacy organization. The green informational bubble next to each provides examples of businesses that fit within each category.

Do you sell your products directly to consumers? If the answer is ‘yes,’ additional questions will appear below including whether or not you offer CSA or CSF shares. If you do, selecting ‘yes’ will prompt questions about your CSA details later in the form and your listing will be added to the CSA finder upon publication.

Do you sell your products wholesale? If the answer is ‘yes,’ additional questions will appear below. Fill out each question as accurately as possible. Note that by selecting ‘Direct Delivery’ or ‘Distributor or Food Hub Delivery,’ you will be prompted to input delivery days and a delivery radius.

Do you prepare or serve food or beverages at your establishment? This question is given to businesses who do not have Food & Beverage Service as their primary business type, but provide prepared food. By selecting ‘yes,’ you will be prompted to select what kind of experience you offer.

Which activities & experiences do you offer? This question is given to producers who may or may not be open to the public. If you are not open to the public, or do not offer one of the listed experiences, this question can be skipped. If you offer an experience that is not listed, be sure to include it within your business bio.

Do you offer any educational experiences or community resources? If you offer one of the following: educational experiences, food access offerings, or community resources, select which ones form the appropriate menus. If you do not offer any of these, the question can be skipped. If you offer an experience that is not listed, be sure to include it within your business bio.

Tell us about your business.

  • Contact information: The contact information input at the top will be shown publicly within your listing and used by potential customers to get in touch. If there is no public phone number or email, this section can be left blank. If you would like to provide different contact information to Eat Local First, or left the number and email above blank, a separate phone number and email can be input here that is not visible within your listing.
  • Business description: This is your first chance to really tell your story. This section will appear on the front page of your listing. This is where customers will look to learn more about what you sell, who you are, and why they should buy from you. Even a few sentences makes a big difference! Information or offerings that were not available within our dropdown menus can also be included here. Note that there is a separate section to talk about business practices.
  • Identity Indicators: These are searchable by potential customers within the Washington Food and Farm Finder, CSA Finder, and Wholesale Finder. Indicators are self-selected and optional, and intended to indicate the identity of business owners, not staff or vendors at your market or aggregated business. Though optional, they can help you reach customers wanting to support minority and marginalized community owned businesses.

Certifications & Practices. Select the drop-down menus for each item to select which certifications and practices apply to your business. These are searchable by potential customers trying to find businesses whose values align with theirs. Please only choose certifications that apply to your business. For instance, if you’re a Certified Organic farm, you can select that indicator. If you’re a farmers market that has vendors that are Certified Organic, do not select that indicator. Below the drop-down menus, you will also be asked, What else can you tell us about your farming & processing practices or growing methods? The answer to this question will appear below the business description in your listing and is a great way to expand more on the options selected above.

Location: In order to give each business a map pin, a location is required. However, the street address will not be displayed if the location is not open to the public, which can be specified below.

  • Does this business have multiple locations? Check yes for chains, farms who divide production between two plots of land, or any business that has more than one location that share a primary business type. Separate listings can be made for listers who have more than one business under the same ownership, whether they are at the same location or not.
  • Location Address. In the bar at the top of the map, just below ‘Begin typing to locate your address,’ input your business address until you see it listed as an option. Cities alone can be selected as an option, but it is recommended that you use your specific street address for a more accurate map pin.
  • Is this location open to the public? By selecting ‘no,’ the option to choose whether or not you want to display your address publicly will appear. Selecting ‘by appointment only’ will also give you the option to display your address publicly as well as additional ‘Hours of Operation’ drop downs to add one or more schedules. Selecting ‘yes’ will display the location information publicly in your published listing, and provide the same hours of operation drop down menus.
    • Schedule Name – Examples given within the form include ‘Year Round’ or ‘Summer Hours’ but titling your schedule is particularly beneficial when you have multiple schedules you would like to distinguish between or seasonal offerings like a pumpkin patch.
    • Schedule Type – Select whether this is a year-round schedule or seasonal. If seasonal, you will be prompted to enter a timeframe. If you have more than one schedule (i.e. different winter and summer hours), select ‘Add Another Schedule’ in green below.
    • Days/Hours – Select the day you are open during the timeframe of your schedule, and add the hours to the right. If you have a break in the day (i.e. you are open from 9 to 12 and then 2 to 5), you can select ‘Add more Days/Hours’ and input another set of hours for the same day of the week.
    • The ‘Additional Information’ section is optional but useful for schedule information that cannot be communicated above (i.e. “open until sold out” or “hours dependent upon weather”) or if you alternate what days you are open week to week.
  • By checking the box ‘This business has a different mailing address’ the option to add the mailing address will appear below

Media is where you will add photos and, if you have one, your business logo. The Primary image will be what is visible on your listing thumbnail and can showcase your products and/or location. Additional images will be viewable on your listing page. You can select up to 6 images to add to your listing.

Web & Social: Your social media and website will show up as clickable links in your listing profile. When adding social media links, add the full URL copied from the search bar and not just your username or handle. For example, an Instagram web address would look like this: https://www.instagram.com/eatlocalfirst/ not just @eatlocalfirst. This section is optional and not having social media or a will not keep your business from getting listed.

Steps to Update a Listing:

How to Edit Your Listing Video Tutorial (3 minutes)

  1. Login (for those who have already registered) to update your listing
  2. Click the ‘Edit/Review’ next to the listing you want to update under the ‘Your Listings’ section on your Account Dashboard.
  3. On the ‘Edit Listing’ page:
    • View the overall status of the listing indicated by a red exclamation point (missing necessary information), yellow plus sign (could use more details), or green checkmark (filled out completely).
    • Scroll down to see what sections need information or optimization as indicated by the same symbols listed above.
    • Click on each section, even the ones marked green, to review accuracy and add needed information.
  4. Click ‘Save’ at the bottom of each section you edit.
  5. Please remember to update your listing anytime you make changes to your sales methods, business hours, etc.

Video Tutorials:

Video Tour of the WA Food & Farm Finder 

How to register

How to create a new listing

How to edit an existing listing