Welcome to the homepage of the Pittsfield Buying Club.
We buy healthy, Maine grown food and products (and some fair trade items, too) to support the health and wholeness of our communities.
We place orders once a month: the buying window usually opens the first Thursday of the month (dependent upon our distributor's delivery schedule) and stays open until the following Thursday unless otherwise posted.
We try to fill a niche that our farmers' market doesn't; in other words, shop the farmers market first every Monday and Thursday from 2-6pm at Hathorn Park in Pittsfield.
To learn more about how we work, please visit our webpage.
To become a member, please email us.
Below you'll see who we work with; we're always looking for more farmers and changing as the seasons progress.
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!
Alongside the Crown of Maine's extensive list of products distributed statewide, the Pittsfield Buying Club features products directly from our local farmers:
Burgess Family Farm pumpkins and winter squash
Gryffon Ridge herbs and spices
High Lonesome Acres natural and chemical free beans, potatoes, and homemade goodies
Leeman Family Farm's goat sausage
O.A.T.S. Anytime tarts
Rollins Orchards apples, cider, and maples syrup
Snakeroot Organic Farm produce
Top of Maine's all natural, non-confined, Certified grass-fed beef and pork
if you're interested in buying in larger quantities than listed.
Click a link below to leave this page and visit your local farmer's website:
Organic and raw dairy products from Balfour Organic Dairy of Pittsfield
Certified Organic herbs and spices from Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants of Brunswick
Hormone-free chevon and beef as well as goats milk soap from Leeman Family Farm of Etna
Apples, apple cider, and maple syrup from Rollins Orchards of Garland
Seasonal produce from Snakeroot Organic Farm of Pittsfield
Look for these farms first when you shop!
We also order bulk products from the following distributors:
Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative of Vassalboro
Equal Exchange products including nuts and coffee!
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!
A Quick HOW-TO for Buyers:
1) The ordering window opens the first or second Friday of every month (we send an email to confirm this) and it stays open for one week.
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 depending upon whether or not a split is filled or if an item has run out-of-stock (remember, this is a seasonal venture and availability comes and goes).
5) Pick-up and pay day is two weeks later on a Wednesday. We do this every month in Pittsfield (location TBA and determined by the size of the order) and we keep you informed of everything via email.
And now, a couple F.A.Q.'s:
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) In order to hold the buying window open for a week and to allow members extended time to shop, we place our order to Crown of Maine one week late. This means an item 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, no longer available one week later.
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.
Why does the schedule keep shifting?
We now only receive deliveries from Crown of Maine every other week; formerly we had access to weekly deliveries. This means we can't guarantee that the buying window opens the first Friday of the month, so keep your eyes on your email. Nevertheless, we 1) open either the first or second Friday of the month, 2) close one week later, and 3) pick-up/pay the following Wednesday.
Call Holly at 487-2706 or email us
to sign up.