Farm Fresh Tuesdays #7 And Co-op Orders

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Welcome to Farm Fresh Tuesdays

Whether you are here to read some fun posts or share your talent with us, I’m so happy you stopped by for a visit! I hope you find some farm fresh inspiration in our hop this week. 🙂

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Why I Order from Buying Clubs and Food Co-ops

My parents purchased food through a buying club when I was a kid. I thought it was a blast! We got huge pails of peanut butter, bags of oats and flour, and sometimes we even got a treat that Mom wouldn’t normally buy. 🙂

I went with Mom to the buying club ‘break down’ day a couple of times. Because many foods had to be ordered in bulk, we would share an order with other families. So a 50-pound bag had to be split up. As a kid, I mostly goofed off while this was going on…it was fun to see what other families ordered.

Azure Standard even sells fresh produce like red peppers.

Buying Clubs Have Come a Long Way, Baby!

These days buying clubs are so much easier than they were back in the day. I belong to 3 different buying clubs or food co-ops and they are all geared toward customer service. You can usually purchase products in small amounts like one piece or a 5-pound bag. This is great for smaller families and individuals who don’t want a huge bag of flour or a case of ketchup.

I just started ordering cheese culture through my Azure Standard buying club!

I’ve been purchasing from buying clubs for years and it really helps save money for our family. It allows me to order products that aren’t available in our area or are less expensive through a club. And I really appreciate that my bulk items come with much less packaging.

In fact, I wrote a post, Save Money with a Buying Club, if you are interested in learning more about it!

Do you belong to a buying club or food co-op? If not, would you join one if it was available in your area? If you do belong to one, what is your favorite part of ordering?

Okay…on to the blog hop!

Featured Posts This Week

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! Please stop by and leave a comment for them!

Apparently, I’m not the only one with jam and berries on my mind this time of year! I love this cute crate…what a great way to package up some homemade preserves as a gift!

A Stenciled Berry Crate from Fresh Vintage by Lisa S

In our neck of the woods, the mulberries are just starting to ripen…yum! There is one tree in my chicken pen and the spring ‘chicks’ are learning from the hens that mulberries make a tasty treat. 🙂

30+ Mulberry Recipes for Wild Harvested Berries by Walking in High Cotton (this photo is not from the post.)

Be sure to check each of the hosts’ Farm Fresh Tuesdays posts to see if you were featured! We each choose our own features…don’t miss the chance to strut your stuff if you were featured by one of us!

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Featured bloggers, grab our ‘Farm Fresh Feature!’ button and link it to the post where you were featured! Display it proudly in your sidebar or featured post!


Our Farm Fresh Tuesdays Hosts!

Please stop by and visit all of our hosts to say hi!


Tamara from The Reid Homestead


AnnMarie from 15 Acre Homestead


Shelle from Rockin W Homestead


And Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre – That’s Me!


Share Your Farm Fresh Posts This Week!

  • Share your homesteading, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, sustainable and green living ideas, DIY, healthy living, and self-reliance posts! All are welcome! Share up to 4 family-friendly posts.
  • You may share older posts with ‘in season’ information, but please don’t share the same posts each week!
  • If you share your posts in this party, you are giving permission for others to link to your posts….that’s a good thing because it helps get more eyes on your posts. 
  • Check each host’s hop post to see if you were featured this week.
  • Be sure to link back to this blog hop so that we can feature you next week.
  • Visit some of the other posts and leave a comment…let them know you found them here!
  • Feel free to apply to our Farm Fresh Bloggers Roundup Page!
  • Please do not link to other blog hops, linky parties, or to giveaways in this homesteading hop. However, you may leave a comment below telling us about your blog hop or giveaway!
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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady. In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org. The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.

19 comments on “Farm Fresh Tuesdays #7 And Co-op Orders

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  2. Jenn

    This is so fun every week! I always find another blog with something fascinating! I appreciate all of the time that you put into this! Happy Weekend!

    Reply
    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Thank you so much, Jenn! I’m so glad to have you join in the fun 🙂 Have a wonderful Independence Day!

      Reply
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  9. Laurie

    Great idea for an article! We do order frequently from a natural food coop/discount group. We often find specialty items there that we couldn’t afford normally. We’ve found GF bread for just pennies, and everyone who buys GF bread knows it normally costs $$.

    We also shop Costo or Sam’s for our non-dairy milks, and many items. But, I will be honest–since Aldi came to town, that has helped us quite a bit with three teen boys eating everything in sight!

    Great blog hop!
    Blessings, Laurie

    Reply
    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Laurie…Me too! Well, not the three teen boys part, lol! But I go to Aldi, our regular grocery store, and we have a Costco moving in that I will check out.

      I use the buying clubs for the items I can’t find or afford in the area and bulk items we use a lot of!

      Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

      Reply
  10. Suzan

    Morning Lisa~

    Thanks so much, once again, for hosting this weeks party! I’ve shared my method of thinning carrots (everyone’s FAVORITE gardening chore 🙂 ) the no waste way this week. Have a beautiful week!

    Reply
    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      So happy to have you join the part each week, Suzan! Thank you for sharing the post on thinning carrots…definitely not my favorite gardening job, lol!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Reply
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  12. LISA

    Thank you Lisa ! I appreciate you so much.
    I enjoy your parties. Thank you for sharing my berry crate. The crate and the jam was a hit for Father’s Day.
    xo Lisa S

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    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Lisa…you’re very welcome! The berry crate is so pretty and I bet it was very much appreciated! Have a great day and thanks for joining us each week!

      Reply
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