Welcome to a world of fresher vegetables and lower grocery bills!
A "co-op" is a joint venture, where we all
cooperate in order to accomplish a goal. In this case, we
are pooling our resources and buying vegetables at wholesale, in order to
stretch our food budgets and to feed our families the freshest food
As in any cooperative venture, it takes us outside our comfort zone at
first, until we figure out how to maximize the experience.
Sometimes we get veggies we never heard of, or just flat don't like to
eat! On occasion, the buyer gets fooled and buys something not near
as fresh as it was said to be. We all share in the ups and downs,
the adventure of new vegetables, and we all learn.
|"Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration."|
~Charles Dudley Warner
Please read the FAQ's and feel free to ask questions. We'll often
add your question to the list.
If you have something good to say about the co-op, of course we want to
hear it (and to put it on the website), but most importantly, you can
help a friend by telling them! That's what friends do. If you
have a problem or something is not to your liking, please let us know
first, and we'll see if we can work it out. Co-ops are not for
everyone, we know that. But after they've tried it, most people really enjoy the way it can stretch their food dollar in hard economic times, the vegetables fresher than they get in local grocery stores, and the interesting assortment of some things they have never bought before. We help introduce people to taste treats that they've never tried before! (And in some cases, that they'll never try again! We know that.)
What's in a box of vegetables?
vegetables and fruit. Sometimes a dozen eggs. Sometimes a
container of mushrooms. We never know until we are there
shopping. The weight varies between 25-35 pounds, depending on the
weight of what we buy.
vegetables, you can expect that potatoes and carrots and onions and
tomatoes will be there more often than not. Green beans and cabbage
and cauliflower and sweet potatoes will also be common. Broccoli is
beautiful, but hard to keep cold, and will be rare. Same with
lettuce, unless we know we can deliver it fresh. Yellow squash, or
zucchini may show up often in the summer.
fruits, you can expect to see apples, grapes or oranges almost every
order. Other fruits as available, and when they both look and taste
Can I order something extra?
Yes. If you want mangoes or kiwi fruits, get someone to split a
case with you, and place a side order. That's always an
option. Just be sure you get that order in early enough, and we
know it's for you, not the group. We might be able to help you find
someone to split a case with you, if you don't have someone.
What if I don't like cauliflower (or something else)?
can bet that, sooner or later, there will be something in a box that you
don't care for, or maybe you just don't know how to cook it.
Collard greens? Artichokes? Nah, you probably won't see
artichokes unless you order a case for yourself. Just give it to a
neighbor - make a friend (and maybe a new member of the co-op!), or even
sell it, if you can. You're still way ahead in terms of total
dollars spent for vegetables.
I have a garden. Will you buy my extra cucumbers?
Probably. Talk to us ahead of time, and let us work your extra
veggies into the rotation. We want more local growers, to reduce
our dependence on food hauled across country, or even across borders,
whenever possible. And not just cucumbers!
Are your vegetables organic?
No. Not all of them. Some of the locally grown food is, but
we are still learning about this whole complicated world of what is and
what is not organic, and what claims to be that is not. Government
regulations have made it more complicated and more prone to
misrepresentation than ever before. Some of our local vegetables
and eggs are certainly organic, but not certified organic,
because it's simply not worth the cost of getting certified to small
really want organic, there are two or three co-ops who will welcome you,
in Stephenville and in Burleson. We'll be glad to put you in
contact with them. And then you'll get 15-25 pounds of vegetables
for $50 per box, and you will contract to pay three months minimum,
etc. The Certified Organic label is normally very expensive, and
the quality is absolutely no better than what we will be buying in the
farmers markets, or from local growers.