Friday, July 17, 2009

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Weekly Pickup Reminder

If you put in an order this week it will be ready for you to pick up on Friday, July 17 from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check you order by logging in at

Some notes about this week's items:

  • Look for Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Mint, Red Currants and Strawberries on the Spontaneous Table this week!
  • Due to the cooler weather we will not be getting the shelled peas from Niagara this week.
  • Snap Peas in 1/4 lb bags will be provided by Soiled Reputation this week
  • Bulk Snap Peas were not available from Pfenning's this week
  • There are no bouquets of flowers or Sweet Dreams Tea. Sorry!
  • The goat's milk feta was very popular. We were able to get 24 of the 30 ordered. It will be available again next week as will tubs of local chevre.
Produce bags
Some items like peas and cherries are sold by the litre box. The boxes we have are for measurement only. Please bring small bags to bring these items home in.

A Message about Local Soft Fruits
Local fruits are fragile because they are picked ripe rather than unripe and are not preserved with waxes, chemicals and gasses.  We do not have a huge refrigerator to keep all the fruits chilled.  When you order fruit, expect to have to use it right away or watch it like a hawk for when it is perfectly ready to eat/can/freeze. Peaches, for example, come to us a few days under ripe so that they can be picked and put into baskets without smooshing and rotting immediately. 

We recommend only ordering the quantity of fruit that you are ready to eat or process immediately. Maybe you'll get away with waiting until Saturday morning for somethings, but no guarantees. Our policy is that if you notice that you do not like the look or quality of fruit/food from us, we need to hear that before 8 PM on Friday to be able to refund your money.  If you notice on Saturday morning that your plums need to be frozen immediately and you do not have time, you can see that as an opportunity to bless your neighbours and relatives with fresh plums. 

We will pass on storage tips for fruit as it comes in.  For cherries, it is good to chill them immediately. So if you have a big box, take them out of the box (which is insulating) and put them into smaller plastic bags in the fridge so that they can cool quickly. With the extra wet weather, many fruits are even more susceptible to splitting and spoiling in storage.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.

Due to construction on William Street you may have to cross a stream of water that runs through the parking lot. Please wear appropriate footwear to reach the church and your order!

You will find a pickup slip with your name on it listing the items that you ordered this week. Pick up all your items (including those in the fridges and freezer), check out our spontaneous table then head to our checkout area.

We will have extra items for you to purchase on our Spontaneous Table in front of the blue cupboards just in case you forgot anything. Anyone can purchase items from the Spontaneous Table. You don't even have to be a Member!

We will have cookies for sale this week, so bring some extra change for a treat. There will be room to socialize and mingle. Expect your pick-up to take awhile.

In out checkout area, please help us and our volunteers by removing all items from your bag for the checkout process. Please be patient as this area will likely be quite busy.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than Bailey's Local Foods the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bagsto carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have any plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please be aware that William Street is currently closed for construction between King Street and Euclid Street. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO. We have been asked not to park in the church parking lot.

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:30PM, if you have not picked up your order, we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 7:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total.If you have not picked up your order by 7:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 7:00PM that same day. After 7:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods

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