Friday, July 24, 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 24 from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check your order by logging in at

Weather affected many of our items this week:

  • There will be medium eggs, pepperettes and summer sausage on the spontaneous table until 6pm or when Noah goes home.
  • Two Century was not able to provide plums so all plums are from Palatine
  • We will not have enough cherries or peaches to fill all the orders. Quantities will be adjusted so everyone gets some.
  • We almost had NO blueberries due to the weather. We should get some if it does not rain tomorrow, but the prices will increase slightly.
  • No cherry tomatoes or organic blueberries. They need heat and sun too!
  • No honey due to not meeting minimum order amount.
  • We may not have grains from Oak Manor due to minimum not being met.
Produce bags
Some items 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
Due to the lovely weather the fruit has been picked in the rain this week. Please let it dry out and ripen completely.

Peaches need to be picked before ripe to survive going in a box. They then should be spread out on newspaper on their side or bottom (not face down) and they'll ripen over the next few days. You can go through and do a squeeze test and pick out the ripe ones each day.

All the fruit we get from Eva and Rene are 'tree run'. We do this to avoid the sorting station that insists on fungicidal baths, fuzz removal (peaches) and paraffin wax coatings!. This means some fruit will be larger and some smaller, some more ripe and some less ripe all in the same box. Eva and Rene let our fruit ripen on the tree much longer than if they were to pick it for the shippers! The shippers want green fruit and we want tree ripened fruit!!

The shelled peas will be picked, shelled and packed on ice on Friday so they will be VERY fresh! Please remember the shelled peas spoil easily so they need to be eaten or frozen as soon as possible. Peas are very easy to freeze so you can have them all winter long. If you spread them on a cookie sheet to freeze them, they come apart easily and can then be put into smaller portions to meet your family's needs!

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!

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 are piloting a self checkout system this week. Please bear with us. If it works well we will open the option to others.

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 bags to 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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