Friday, October 23, 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, October 23rd 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

Wow. This is week twenty-two of our weekly buying club. What an amazing season. I'm glad that you joined us for this ride. I'm thankful that you are our customer and joining us in enjoying local food.

Perry at Oak Manor has announced a 15% discount on flour in November. Keep that in mind when deciding what you need for your holiday baking.

Gone Crackers?
We will have a new kind of local cracker on the spontaneous table. Samples are available. They are melt-in-the mouth good! The crackers made in Kitchener with local wheat milled in Preston. Each box is $2.75.

Spontaneous Apples
There will also be lots of apples on the spontaneous table. Check out all the varieties!

Last Week's potatoes:
The potatoes last week we thought were no-spray were sprayed. Paul bought them from a neighbour assuming that they had not been sprayed but found out this week that they were.  He is very sorry and will refund potatoes that members bought last week.  Members should email us or go to Charlotte on Friday for a refund.  Organic potatoes are from Pfennings this week instead of from Paul. Members need to take 2 five pound bags to get their 10lbs. 

Here is an update on changes that may affect your order this week:

Changed Prices
  • Nuts from Grimo's have changed in price to reflect the true cost. The walnut prices were entered incorrectly (Persian walnuts should have been more expensive and black walnuts less expensive) and we did not take into account the packing fee we were charged. If you choose not to buy the nuts at the higher price, please tell the volunteer at checkout. I tried a Persian walnut today. Wow was it fresh and tasty!
Not available: 
  • Some peanuts are out of stock. We will bring what we have so you can try another flavour if you would like. There are no Salted and a we are a couple short of Cajun and Chili & Lime. Next month we'll have more stock and may be able to offer peanuts in the shell too.
  • We are a few short on White popcorn. You can take yellow instead. The white is 'hulless', but the yellow pops up bigger.
  • Paul does not have enough garlic for 2lb bags but he will try to fill enough 1 lb bags for $5.75 each
  • Mums and Lettuce from Selema were too frozen to sell
  • No items from Winroe Gardens are available
  • Hazelnuts are not available. They did not have enough to fill our order. They may be available in limited supply next month.
  • English Cucumbers from Pfennings are not available
  • Soiled Reputations does not have Arugula or Frisee this week due to lack of growth
  • Only 2 Chevre available!
If you haven't yet - please fill out our Customer Survey
What makes local food convenient enough to be 50% of a household's food intake? Please take 5 minutes to help answer 8 short questions. We're particularly interested in hearing from people who have ordered only a few times or have yet to order.
If you wish to participate, please visit the Study Website at
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.

Pre-Packed Orders
If you indicated that you would like your items pre-packed when you ordered they will be ready after 5pm. Please ask a volunteer to get your order. Items requiring refrigeration will be added when you arrive.

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. If you need help collecting your order, please ask!

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 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 Park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. 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

P.S. We can use your fruit baskets and boxes as well as jars from preserves again if you return them.

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