Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17th for Waterloo and Breslau!

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday April 17th for pickup on MONDAY April 23rd.
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Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf on Tuesday at 8:00pm. There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

***** Be sure to order enough for 2 and a half weeks! *****
We are changing our May pickup to FRIDAY May 11th so that you will have fresh, local food for Mother's Day weekend! (formerly Monday May 15th) In June we will have pickups on June 1 and 15th and if the strawberries are ready we may have a June 7th pickup! (Can you believe we're already talking about berries?). Starting June 15th we will run every Friday until Thanksgiving! We will not run on the Fridays before long weekends in the summer.

Welcome to all our new members, especially those from Breslau who are ordering for pickup at our satellite location!

If you are interested in picking up your order in Breslau, please let us know and we'll make sure that you are added to our Breslau list!
If you're new here and want to read more, check out our past emails at It's a great way to learn about the local foods to expect all year long!

A Message from Rachael:

I'm not sure how many of you were part of Bailey's back when it all started. If you were there and are still with us, thank you. If you have found your local fix elsewhere but still get these emails I hope you are well. If you wonder why I wax nostalgic, read on! When I started buying from Bailey's Local Foods as a member the pickup was in the carport at the home of Nina and her family, including her mom and her dad, Wendell. It was the rainiest of summers, but somehow, every Friday afternoon the weather was fine (except the Fridays when there was no pickup - instant monsoon). This business has grown and changed but I love that the sense of community gathering still lives on. I'm glad that we can bring mostly amazing food to you, winter and summer. I love to be able to ask farmers what a fair price for their food is and pay them as promptly as possible.

Wendell helped his daughter with her visionary idea of local food that first year by driving. He picked up produce for the many families who had ordered in his van. Produce mostly grown by Old Order Mennonite farmers who could not easily bring their food to us. He has been the face of Bailey's for our farmers. I am so thankful for all he has done. Driving is not all Wendell has done to help at Bailey's Local Foods. Wendell lent a hand wherever it was needed. He did the important stuff like buying (locally made) Dilly Bars from DQ when we were celebrating a birthday on a pickup day. All with a smile.

I am very fortunate to now call the Bailey family friends. I ask you today to join me in supporting this wonderful family and especially Wendell.

At the end of January, Wendell had coronary bypass surgery. His heart (one of the biggest I know) is now working well again. We were hoping he could come back and drive for us again this summer, but have just learned that the pain that he has been experiencing is caused by cancer in his bones. I ask that you send Wendell and his family your prayers and good wishes for less pain and successful treatment.

If you have messages for Wendell I am happy to pass them on to him and his family!

Okay, now back to food.

It's spring. Garlic is sprouting the salad greens are ready but other than that? The root veggies that are left are pretty amazing. Asparagus and strawberries are what we're waiting for. Let's hope that the rain that is forecast for this week does good things for the soil. Helping to germinate, using the sun's energy to start the seeds that will become our food.

In the mean time, look for:

  • Organic apple sauce, cider and apple butter from Apple Creek Farms!
  • Conventional apples still available from Martin's Family Fruit Farm!
  • Organic Jona Gold apples from Pfenning's just added (let me know if you want a larger quantity than 3 lb bags!)
  • Floralane grape and beefsteak tomatoes. I love that these get better if you leave them on your counter. The salad we had today was from tomatoes we bought at the last pickup! Buy a few extra for next week.
  • GMO Free meats from Traditional Foods and Organic grass fed beef from Vibrant Farms
  • Butter, yogurt and cheese...
  • Breads and sweets - even wheat free, gluten free and vegan options!
  • Prepared foods and desserts from The Nutty Bakers
  • Popcorn and peanuts, because you need a tasty snack
  • Sparkling cider to wash it all down
  • Straw bales for your garden. Use them to create a raised bed or to help make weeding easier!
Monday evening we'd love to see you at Taste of Woolwich in Breslau! The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Breslau Mennonite Church, 226 Woolwich St. S. A $2 donation is requested of adults, and children are free. For more information, visit

Tomorrow I'll tell you about our newest product - Pie in a Jar from The Cider Keg - but now I need to go watch my son ride his bike!

Until then,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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