Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering for Monday December 6th still open!

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 30th. (sorry about the error in the last message)
Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Items you order this week are to be picked up at First United Church on Monday December 6th between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 8:00 PM

***Please note - Upcoming  MONDAY pickups are December 20, January 17, February 28, March 28 and April 18 (NEW Date!). Weekly Friday pickups will resume at the end of May.

Hi Local Eaters!

The house is quiet and I realize that when we have 3 weeks between pickups the fridge can actually get empty (it even got cleaned today). It's time to look to the freezer and all the fruit and vegetables that we put away over the summer and fall. We have some members who in previous years have waited until the official beginning of winter to start enjoying the preserved and frozen goodness of summer. Could you wait until December 21 to start eating your lovely jars of peaches or frozen raspberries?

We've continued to work on the order form since it opened and there are a few notable additions/changes:
  • Gluten Free Christmas Cookies and Wheat Free Gingerbread Cookies from Circle of Life
  • The Nutty Bakers have light and dark fruit cake to choose from.
  • Holiday Boxes from Traditional Foods. You could give these as gifts or use them for holiday entertaining!
  • Jams and preserves in CASES! Stock up on your favourites or give them as gifts!
  • Speaking of cases we have a great price on pear applesauce by the case. A great sauce to mix with your granola or yogurt.
  • By popular demand the Eggs have now been moved into the dairy section - unfortunately they are sold out already
  • Oak Manor has extended their flour SALE through to the December 6th Pickup
  • Potatoes in 50 lb bags from Ivan Brubacher, washed or unwashed
  • Evelyn's Crackers in four varieties now available - look under 'baked goods'
Give the gift of Local Food
Are you stumped on what to get someone on your gift giving list?
We have put together three different sizes of gift baskets for the person that has everything. You can see them here You could also Give the Gift of Bailey's - A Gift Membership with Pear Apple Sauce. You can find all of these items along with some others in the Gift section located in the 'other' category.

We also have many items that can be used for Teacher's gifts, office gift giving, hostess gifts or stuffing stockings. Here are a few suggestions from Maryrose:
  • Use a nice bowl and add a Pop a Cob or coloured popcorn
  • Anna Tolazzi has beautiful boxed Hot Chocolate. Katharina also has boxes of pre-wrapped chocolate bon-bons (each is a very tasty piece of art). Great to have on hand just in case. Katharina's chocolate bars are delicious and have stunning graphic packaging. I would love her chocolate in my stocking
  • Golden Hearth has ginger cookies and Belgian crackle cookies. Wrap them in a dish cloth and you have a great gift.
  • Keep an eye out on the Spontaneous table as there are a few other items in the works we should have by pick up day.
Cheese Please?
For all you fancy local cheese lovers, we hope to offer Monforte Cheese for the December 20th pickup. We may also accept vouchers from their CSA Program. Stay tuned!

Helping others
In January we added the option to donate to a local food based charity on our order form (under 'other'). We are able to issue receipts to anyone who has donated more than $10 as well, so you get a great deal while helping others. We have already donated $1000 in local dried beans to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region though the Canstruction competition (more at and it's never too late for you to donate. The donation option is on our order form because last year Michelle shared the struggles she faced when the demand for emergency food at Christmas was greater than ever before. Michelle is asking us to help again in a different way. Please read the following message from a good friend and one of our Volunteers:

Hi, My name is Michelle and I am one of many volunteers at Bailey's Local Foods. When I am not sorting food on pick up day or ordering many new things on line to eat, I am an employee of the House of Friendship. In my role, I support many families who are living on a limited income, who experience food insecurity and often social isolation.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching I find myself thinking about our dedication to supporting local farmers/local food and how this philosophy could be extended to helping local people in need.

In the spirit of giving over the holiday season and staying connected to the theme of all things local, Rachael and Maryrose have agreed to support my idea of collecting basic personal care items for local people in need.

Items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, floss, deodorant, socks, shampoo and others are highly needed by the House of Friendship Programs. If this is something you would like to contribute to there will be a collection box for any donations during the Dec 6 and Dec 20 pick up dates . If you have any questions please feel free to find me at the pick up and I would be happy to chat or feel free to email me at

If you would like more information about The House of Friendship and the programs they offer please visit their website at

Keep warm and enjoy the snow!
Rachael and Maryrose,
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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