Friday, August 14, 2009

subject: 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, August 14 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

We want to remind you that next week will not be a regular week for the Buying Club. We planned to take a week off, but we will be offering fruits from Niagara in full and half boxes only. Pickup will be in Kitchener near Belmont VIllage. We will send more details when ordering closes. Next Friday will be the height of the Red Haven season and  there should be plums and pears available too. We didn't want you to miss it.

Some notes for this week:

  • Spontaneous items to look for: blueberries, sno peas, corn, potatoes, kale, eggs and lots of baked goods!
  • Half pound bags of Spinach will be offered by Paul and Saloma Bowman instead of Brenda Knechtal.
  • Medium zucchini are from Mike and Debbie at Kingwood, not Paul and Saloma Bowman
  • Field Cucumbers will be from Fertile Ground instead of Pfenning's
  • 4 lb bags of carrots will be from Fertile Ground
  • Items not available this week: black turtle beans. pinto beans, bulk spinach, shortcake, Smoked Farmer's Sausage is still at the butcher!
  • Noah is sending 60 extra dozens of eggs for our spontaneous table if you forgot to stock up for 2 weeks!
A note about Peaches from Mary Jane:

Hi Everyone,
I have some interesting information for you about Ontario Freestone peaches this year!! They won't be as 'freestone' as we are familiar with!
Eva was experiencing that the peach flesh was not coming away from the pit as expected....and with surprise! She ended up checking with a farmer who has been farming soft tree fruit for 55 years and asked if he has ever seen this before? He said it only happens when you have wet summers! He said in all the years of his farming he has never seen a more unusual summer than this one of 2009! It was the wettest summer he could remember but the most unusual was the consistency of cool temperature and cool nights! He said the freestone peaches will become 'freestone' only if the weather really dries up!
So you will find this with both the Red Havens and the Harsons and likely the later varieties too, unless we enter into a drought! It will be with peaches at the market and the grocery store and road side stands if they are Ontario peaches!!
You may find that part of the peach comes away from the stone easily and some flesh sticks to the pit. It is not as bad as having to cut the stone away but it will just not be quite the same as we are used to with the pit just falling out! The flesh may also come from the pit easier when the peaches are very very ripe!
I just wanted to give you the infomation about the peaches so you didn't have to go through the same surprise as Eva!!
Enjoy your peaches, the flavour is great!

Self Checkout Reminder
We continue to offer a SELF CHECK-OUT option to those of you who are paying by cheque! We hope that this will help speed up the check out process for some of you who want to work out your total yourself.  We did all self check-out last year and now we are returning to our roots.
We choose to trust our members.  You know that if we lose money due to missing items or math mistakes, we won't survive.  We will still have the regular check-out option for those of you who prefer it. If you notice an error (ours or yours), please let us know.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.
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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