Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Casterbridge Food Co-operative
Transition Towns put a strong emphasis on supporting local businesses and local food producers and as part of that drive comes the idea of a food buying co-operative.
Aims The Casterbridge Food Co-operative (CFC) has been formed to allow its members to order both organic and local food as well as other items directly from a variety of suppliers at attractive prices by buying in bulk. The benefit to food producers is that they can supply CFC members with bulk orders at prices which are higher than their usual wholesale price.
Your account number After we have your details you will be given an account number for trading with CFC. This is to help us tie orders and payments to your name, so please make a note of it.
The ordering process
You will normally receive your order form by e-mail You have a set period to place your order along with your payment up to the ‘last orders’ date We then allow a period for everyone’s payment to clear and be credited to the CFC account When we can confirm that we have received all the money, the order is placed with our suppliers The order is delivered to a single drop off point and made ready for collection on the ‘collect orders’ date Co-op members should note that you have the opportunity to place orders in January, March, May, July, September and November each year.
What can I order? You can order anything from the suppliers listed on your order form. Some of our suppliers have websites, where you can view their stock and price lists. Other food producers have provided a quote to which they agree to supply CFC members.
Payment If you complete your order using the spreadsheet version, it will automatically calculate the total for you and add the 5% that the CFC charges to cover administration costs. Our preferred method of payment is an online BACS transfer, but alternative methods can be arranged if you wish to speak with a member of the committee. If you are writing a cheque, please make sure that you write your account number and month on the back.
I’m not on the internet! If we don’t have an e-mail address for you, your form can be posted out to you.
Collecting groups We suggest talking with other members in your local area to arrange a group collection.
To Join the Casterbridge Food Cooperative please email the following details
Name of the person on the account: Email address: Address: Phone number: Please be assured that your info is kept confidential & will not be passed on to 3rd parties
– CFC committee
John MacDonald, Ian Reeve & Judy Edwards