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 possible. 

    "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
    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.

    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?
            Mostly 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. 
            As for 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.
            As for fruits, you can expect to see apples, grapes or oranges almost every order.  Other fruits as available, and when they both look and taste good. 

    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)?
            You 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 growers. 
            If you 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.