Friday, November 30, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering now open for MONDAY December 17th pickup in Waterloo and Breslau!

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Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf on Wednesday December 12th at 8:00pm. There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Our "Winter" dates are Monday December 3rd and 17th
Monday Jan 7th and 28th, Feb 11th, March 4th and 25th, April 15th
Friday dates will resume in May!

From Rachael:

Wow. Time is flying so fast. Our time between orders is about to get longer and you'll have more time to stop in to our offering list and choose exactly what you want to eat! I've updated the online calendar with pick up dates and ordering periods. It's on the front of our web page at and you can add it into your google or apple calendar. Let us know if we can provide further instruction on that...

Award Winning Goat Cheese from Gordon's Goat Dairy
Order until the end of our pickup on Monday December 3rd to be sure to get what you want! (we have an early order deadline for these cheeses!)

Gordon and Bethany won nine ribbons at the Royal Winter Fair for their goat cheeses! Here is the list of honours:
  • Aged cheddar - 1st place - the top firm cheese in the goat, sheep and buffalo variety cheese competition!!!
  • Mild cheddar - 2nd place,
  • Havarti with Cranberries - 2nd place,
  • Havarti with Chives - 3rd place,
  • Goatserella - 4th,
  • Havarti Plain - 4th,
  • Gouda Plain - 5th,
  • Gouda with Chilies - 5th,
  • C-line was 9th but still scored over 95 out of 100, it was in the innovation category and went up against a lot of buffalo cheese.
Thank you for asking the hard questions!
This week I got a few emails from customers with questions and suggestions about the food we sell. Questions about possible changes to the online ordering system, if our farmers used migrant workers, if we could try to eliminate plastic packaging and if the meats we sell contain hormones. Well, I haven't been able to answer all those questions yet, but will do my best to make positive changes and continue my education* and see how we can work with farmers and producers.
*I didn't dream up or start this business (you have to thank Nina for that!) I started as a member who made a suggestion on how ordering could be more efficient four and a half years ago.

While I haven't tackled migrant workers or plastic packaging yet, I passed the suggestions about the ordering system to our web developer (my husband) and emailed our meat suppliers and was assured that the meat from Vibrant Farms, Traditional Foods Snyder's Heritage Farm, and Harrington Lane Farms are all hormone free!

If by chance you want to help us answer some of these questions or more when they come up, we'd love your help!

Breslau Location to be discontinued in January
To our valued members of BaileyĆ¢€™s Local Foods at Breslau Local Food Market,

We are nearing the end of the one year pilot project at the Breslau Community Centre. It was our intention to help the Breslau Local Food Market committee grow this endeavour to a vibrant community market. The market has not grown and we have seen a steady decline in sales and attendance. As of the new year the cost of running this location will increase. We are a small business that is not able to support a pick up location that is not breaking even. We have made the difficult decision to end our presence at the market at this time.

What does that mean for you and your existing membership in Breslau?
There are two choices:
  1. Continue to be a member and pick up you local food at our Waterloo location. If people want to work together to pick up multiple orders and bring them back to Breslau to distribute among friends we can work with you on this.
  2. Receive a pro-rated credit on your next food purchase for the remaining months of your annual membership.
Our last pick up day in Breslau will be on December 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to continue to see you in Waterloo enjoying a great selection of local food.

As a result of our departure, the existing market committee has decided to discontinue the Breslau Local Food Market at this time. If you would like to see a market continue in Breslau we urge you to join the market committee!

We thank Carolyn, Grace and Janet for all they have done for this market and your community and wish our fellow vendors the best in all future endeavours! Thanks also go to Allie, who managed Bailey's in Breslau and made connections with so many of you!

The Waterloo pickup location will continue, no worries about that!

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you on Monday!

Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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