As part of our ever expanding vision, we were looking at ways to meet and serve more people from the area. We love the fact that so many of our Warren buyers can make it to the Defrees Center to get eggs. But, that is all they can currently purchase right now. CSA (community sponsored agriculture) shares are a big push in some areas right now. We briefly thought about entering this trend, but I am not comfortable with people pre-paying for a crop. Crops are definitely like the stock market. The idea with the CSA is that you buy a share and get part of it all summer long. If a crop fails, then you (the consumer) are out of money. The idea is you are part of the process and share in the goods and bads of it. I am not comfortable in putting my customers in that position.
Option B is where we are leaning right now. It is called a buying club. It works very simply. Weekly you will get an order form of what we have available. You will need to fill it out and send it back by Friday. We will process the orders and deliver to a central location in Warren on Saturday or Sunday. This is much more appealing to me as a producer and makes it easier for our customers to order as we will deliver.
If you are not from Warren and have a group of people who would like to start a buying club, we will work with you too. Just get some friends together and give us a call. We can set up a meeting spot.
For this year we are looking to deliver every three weeks (to correlate with our chicken processing dates). This would be a testing year. I think this arrangement could work out well for us as it gives us the ability to serve more people our high quality products more often. If all goes well, next year (or even later this year) we could make the delivery more frequent.
What we need: opinions. Are you interested in this arrangement? Would you be willing to agree to buying through the club. In order for this to work, we need to have consistent involvement. Financially it would be difficult to deliver for just one person (not that we don't want to, but it just won't work). Each delivery you would be entitled to order anything we have and as much as you would like, but we would like you buy each delivery.
Products available will be broiler chickens, eggs, beans, corn, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and anything else we put in this year. We are still sorting out the legalities of offering beef and pork cuts, but are not sure if that will pan out.
Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in. Formalities will be finalized after we decided if there is enough interest to move forward. You can use our contact page, email, call, or stop by.