When Dorn Cox is preparing to take goods from his family's farm to local restaurants, he simply opens an app on his phone to peruse the orders placed by more than 75 restaurants ranging from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Boston. He can then load his truck with the perfect number of blueberries, just the right amount of grain and no more meat than necessary.
Cox is one of several New England farmers using an app to coordinate weekly deliveries to restaurants, providing chefs with ingredients that are freshly picked the day before they arrive. The technology has simplified the ordering process for customers and cut out the middleman for deliveries, allowing small farms to provide services typically associated with larger, corporate operations.
"It's given us some of the advantages of the big guys," said Cox, farmer and agriculturalist working at Tuckaway Farm in Lee, New Hampshire. "Any farm at any scale can participate in this shortened supply chain."