Sunday, September 2, 2012

Order before Tuesday at 8pm for Bailey's Local Foods pickup this Friday!

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday September 4th for pickup on FRIDAY September 7th.
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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.

Upcoming dates are: Friday September 7, 14, 21 and 28, October 5 and 19.
There is no pickup on October 12th. Monday dates coming soon!

A Message from Rachael:

There are so many tasty things we are enjoying right now. May you enjoy this Labour Day weekend and this glorious harvest season.
  • Time to stock up on cheese from Gordon's Goat Dairy. They roll into town on the first Thursday of each month Just in time for Friday's pickup!
  • Golden Hearth Bakery is back from vacation. Their scones should never be gone that long.
  • This is the week to get your amazing wraps, tacos, tostadas, nacho chips and tamales from McKechnie.
  • J&D Peters Pasta and Noodles - They have added a few new Pasta varieties (If you are wondering, Noodles have egg in them, Pasta does not!)
  • Green, Yellow and Purple beans from Paul Bowman have come down in price! Now $5.25 for a 2 lb bag or $19.50 per half bushel
  • Apple Creek Farm - Stock up on organic apple products as well as potatoes in 5 lb bags and half bushels!
  • Snyder's Heritage Farms has more GMO Free, drug free chicken and turkey available and an amazing one time special on Ground Turkey $6.50 per lb - regularly $8.50! It's great for burgers and makes an amazing chili!
  • Don't forget the Traditional Foods specials - 5 lb of Smoked Pork Loin Chops or a box of Premium Grilling steaks. Fill your freezer!
A Guided Farm Tour!
A couple weeks ago Sharon, who drives to bring the amazing produce in from the local Mennonite farms for us each week, took Bailey's Members Terry and Susan with her to pick up the orders from our old order farmers. I asked Susan to write a little something to share with you and here it is:

Hi Rachael,

Thanks for the opportunity to accompany Sharon on her rounds last Friday. On our 9am to 3pm journey through the exceptionally beautiful farmland surrounding Waterloo, we visited eight suppliers of everything from flowers to honey, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and meat products. Both Terry and I enjoyed the experience and hope that we were able to lighten Sharon's load in some small way.

We joined Bailey's because we saw it as a way in which we could have a direct connection with local growers and very fresh produce. We have now met a number of Bailey's suppliers and have seen exactly where our fresh veggies come from. When I put my sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, and onions on the grill this weekend, I had the satisfaction of knowing that we had actually played a role in delivering them from farm to table. We also have a much deeper understanding of the complexity of the ordering, filling, billing, and delivery system.

At times, we felt as if we were on a private "tour" and Sharon was our guide. She had a wealth of information to share and prepared us well for each stop along the way. We were welcomed by farmers, wives, grandmothers, aunts, children and grandchildren. We saw a ten-year-old handle a tractor and forklift like a pro. We met a wide variety of friendly farm dogs, some of whom simply demanded attention. At one Mennonite farm, I put together a customized flower bouquet that looks exceptional. The cost? $3.50. We took time out to walk out for a closer look at a flower garden. We even saw horses being shod in one of the barns.

If any other members have considered accompanying Sharon and haven't done so, do take advantage of her offer. It's a fantastic learning experience. By the way - keep in mind that you'll be in farmyards that are sometimes muddy if there's been a recent shower or if vegetables have been washed. Horses share them, too. Our advice is to wear boots or other appropriate footwear - and watch where you step!

Thanks so very much. Please thank Sharon for us as well.
Susan and Terry

If you are ever interested in accompanying Sharon on a pickup day, please let us know and she will arrange it!

Have a great weekend,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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