WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE PITTSFIELD BUYING CLUB
Here you can buy Maine grown grains, fruits and veggies, meats, cheeses and more.
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Here's how it works:
We buy healthy, Maine grown food and products (and some bulk and fair trade items, too) to support the health and wholeness of our communities one person and one plate at a time.
We place orders once a month: the buying window usually opens the first Friday of the month and stays open for one week unless otherwise posted. We keep you informed of all of this via email.
Below you'll see who we work with; we're always looking for more farmers and changing as the seasons progress.
Alongside an extensive state-wide list of distributed products, the Pittsfield Buying Club features products directly (PD=Producer
Direct) from our local farmers. Look for these farms first when you shop (click a link to visit your farmer online):
Remember: We're a club in the strictest sense. No one gets paid to do any of this - we do it because we like Maine food and want to support the livelihoods of people here!
Want to order stuff you don't see on the list? Email your ideas, and we'll see how we can make the club work better for you. Our power comes from working together!
Email us if you're interested in buying in larger quantities than listed.
A Quick HOW-TO for Buyers:
1) The ordering window opens the first Friday of every month (we send an email to confirm this) and it stays open for one week. It's best to order within the first 24 hours of the posting, check back, and then help others fill splits.
2) You choose your items from the list of available products once the buying window opens. Don't worry if the amount you've chosen does not "fill" a split. We take care of that before ordering.
3) When you choose items from the list, there is no "submit" button. What's in your "basket" is what will be ordered.
4) Sometimes you don't get everything you ordered (remember, this is a seasonal venture and availability comes and goes).
5) Pick-up and pay day is approximately ten days after the buying window opens on a Thursday. This happens at the Farm House at Balfour Farm.
6) We do this every month of the year and we keep you informed of everything via email.
And now, a couple F.A.Q.'s:
What does it cost to be a member?
The buying club is a volunteer-run club in the most informal sense. No one gets paid. We take help when we can get it. That said, it does cost a little to run the club (think packaging, postage, refrigeration, and this fancy software you are reading right now, etc.).
To cover these minimal costs we charge the following:
1) $12 annual fee. This fee goes directly to the Internet Farmers in Portland, a two-man show, who charge $1 per member per month. This fee is charged to the buying club for your use of the software, meaning, we are charged for you to look at the offerings each month, not solely if you buy. Thus, if you find yourself not interested, do let us know you no longer want to be a member.
2) 5% club fee. We add 5% to your order to cover club costs including refrigeration, packaging, scales, etc.
Why didn't my order arrive?
There are several reasons your order or a portion of your order may not arrive. Here are the most common reasons:
1) The item you want may be out of stock, it may have been on sale as a limited quantity and sold out, or the item may have been at the end of its season.
2) Your order, combined with other member orders of the same item, did not "fill a split." Usually, this applies only to Crown of Maine offerings, not PD or "Producer Direct" items. This means, for example, that perhaps 20 of 40 pounds of flour were ordered. The software automatically rescinds these orders if they do not meet the 40 pound minimum.
3) If you ordered a PD - "Producer Direct" - product that didn't arrive, that usually means there were too few items ordered to deliver that order when considering time and cost of transportation.
Want more information? Call Holly at 487-2706 or sign up here: