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News and Alerts (Feb-March)
Corned beef for dinner?
Open Meadow Farm and Lilac Hedge Farm have brisket if you plan to brine your own.
Check out these new products:
• Lilac Hedge Farm lists a bundle of 5 packages of Angus ground beef for $30.
• Oak Hollow Livestock has a ten pack of goat stew meat for $10.49lb.
• Hartman’s Herb Farm has smoked ham and pork shoulder from lean Berkshire Heritage breed pigs. They have less salt than store hams!
• Crum’s Cookies & Pies added a six-pack version of cream filled chocolate cupcakes.
• Glimpses of New England Past has beer bread is on sale for St. Patty’s Day at $3.75
• Nashoba Valley Extract Co. added peppermint extract and a proprietary blend vanilla extract (See description in product list for details).
• Four Star Farms now has bolted/sifted malted barley flour in three sizes.
• Coffee lovers check out new varieties this month at both Acoustic Java and Zion Coffee Roasters.
• The Chocolate Shop has penuche fudge, chocolate lollipops, three new truffles, caramelized almonds and half-dipped cashews.
• Hames and Axle updated inventory adding “Bug Off,” “Gardener’s Soap” and “Sheps Suds Dog Soap” in two sizes.
• White Buffalo Herbs has a 20% off sale on Congest Relief Lotion, Cold Car Extract, and Flu Relief Spray this month.
• Lynch’s Doggie Cuisine has added chicken muffins for your favorite furry friend.
Be Persistent Shoppers!
For many of Mass Local Food’s small family farmers, it is often quite difficult to predict two weeks ahead how much of a certain product will be available by the end of the ordering cycle. Most list their “best guess” and can occasionally overestimate, resulting in having to mark an item “out” on delivery day. More often, however, they underestimate and find that they have more available during the ordering cycle. So,If there’s an item you really want, you may want to check the website more frequently over the 10 days that orders are open. You may be able to purchase items that had previously been showing up as 0 quantity.
A short tutorial on ordering for new members
The Mass Local Food ordering system is different from most online ordering systems. Once you place an item in your cart, it is considered ordered and must be paid for. To remove an item, change the quantity to ’0′ and then be sure to click “update.”
Have a Problem with Your Order? Let Us Know!
Mass Local Food wants you, our loyal customers, to have the highest quality, thoughtfully grown/raised products available from our producers. Occasionally, an item may not meet your expectations and if that happens, we want to know about it. If you are unhappy with any product, please contact the producer directly (On the Mass Local Food home page, click on meet our farmers and producers and you will find email addresses for all of them) Feel free to send an email to our Producer Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to arrive at a suitable solution.
Thanks Emergency Fund Donors!
Thank you, members who have contributed to our emergency/reserve fund, created to address such issues as emergency replacement of an expensive freezer, damages not covered by insurance and expenses incurred to open a new site. Donations can be made to Mass Local Food Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 26, Westminster, MA 01473. You also can donate by clicking on item # 3036 in the list of products (under Massachusetts Local Food as the producer) and enter the amount you wish to donate. Please note, the donations are NOT tax deductible. The amount of your donation will be listed on your invoice.
Special Thanks to Delivery Day Volunteers
Mass Local Food relies on volunteers to keep our co-op running. We always need help on delivery day at the sorting site in Gardner or the pick-up sites in Central MA. Please consider volunteering at least once during the year to show your commitment to local food and those who bring it to you. Volunteering on delivery day also is a great way to get to know other members and to feel part of our fabulous community. Thank you to all our delivery day volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!
Berlin – the Common House at Camelot Cohousing in Sawyer Hill Eco Village, 69 Village Court, 5 – 6:30 pm.
Framingham - First United Methodist Church, 360 Water Street, 5 – 6:30 pm.
Hardwick- Robinson Farm, 42 Jackson Road, 5-6 pm
Holden – Busy Bee Nursery, 57 Broad St. 01522 (it’s in Jefferson, technically, part of Holden), 5-6:30 pm.
Hudson – Hudson Appliance, rear entrance, 167 Main St, 5 – 6 pm.
Sterling - 1835 Town Hall, 31 Main St. 01564, 5 – 6 pm.
Westminster - Senior Center in the Legion Hall, 127 Main St. (opposite the Pharmacy at the lights), 4:30-6 pm
Worcester – Briarwood Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, 5 – 6:30 pm.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, 5 – 6 pm.
Remember to bring your checkbook and grocery bags when you come to pick up your order. Pickup site organizers will not have change if you bring cash. Many thanks for your cooperation!