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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Co-op Schedule
- PICK UP TIME & LOCATION
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- Are there membership fees?
- Is the Co-op Open Every Week?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- Why are the meat orders adjusted and sometimes different than the price listed online?
- How do I cook grass-fed meat products?
- How can I support the Co-op?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
And here are some answers:
CO-OP 2019-20 SUNDAY PICK-UP SCHEDULE
15 Total Season Pick-ups in a 31 week duration (Oct 2019 thru May 2020)
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE & FALL 2019 PICK-UP DATES (Two Pick-ups Per Month)
Oct 20 – OPEN
Oct 27 – CLOSED
Nov 3 – OPEN
Nov 10 – CLOSED
Nov 17 – CLOSED
Nov 24 – OPEN
Dec 1 – CLOSED
Dec 8 – OPEN
Dec 15 – CLOSED
Dec 22 – CLOSED
Dec 29 – OPEN
WINTER 2020 PICK-UP DATES (Every Other Week)
Jan 5 – CLOSED
Jan 12 – OPEN
Jan 19 – CLOSED
Jan 26 – OPEN
Feb 2 – CLOSED
Feb 9 – OPEN
Feb 16 – CLOSED
Feb 23 – OPEN
SPRING 2020 PICK-UP DATES (Every Other Week)
Mar 1 – CLOSED
Mar 8 – OPEN
Mar 15 – CLOSED
Mar 22 – OPEN
Mar 29 – CLOSED
Apr 5 – OPEN
Apr 12 – CLOSED
Apr 19 – OPEN
Apr 26 – CLOSED
May 3 – OPEN
May 10 – CLOSED
May 17 – OPEN – LAST CO-OP PICK-UP
(Co-op will be closed for Summer Break with Fall 2020 Schedule TBD)
CO-OP WILL BE CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK
FROM JUNE TO MIDDLE OR END OF OCTOBER the following season.
The long hot summers make it hard on farmers to stay in business so usually the co-op closes for a summer break when the farms shut down too.
The break usually occurs:
June/July to October
However, we always must take it week by week in case there is any major disaster with the fields, volunteer schedule or something else comes up that causes us to not be able to open the Co-op.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! OUR FARMERS APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT EVERY WEEK WE ARE OPEN AND YOU PLACE AN ORDER :)
PICK UP TIME & LOCATION
PICK-UP TIME & LOCATION
SUNDAY 11 AM TO 2 PM
CURRENT PICK-UP LOCATION
1252 WOODLAWN TERRACE, CLEARWATER FL 33755 (private residence)
Co-op Late Pick-Up Notice
THE CO-OP DOES NOT HAVE SPACE FOR HOLDING YOUR ORDER…
Please be courteous and give us a call or text if there is an unexpected problem with pick up at our normal pick-up times 727-744-3934.
YOU WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF YOUR ORDER
Your account will be disabled and you will not be able to order through the co-op until your account is paid up to date.
How do I order?
ALL ORDERING IS DONE ONLINE PRIOR TO PICK-UP:
We are excited to start our 10th season and are changing things up a little! At the beginning of each week on Monday, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered co-op members and newsletter recipients by e-mail. You will know we are open when you are able to login and add items to your shopping cart :) We also post we are open on our FB page.
CO-OP WEEKLY ORDERING SCHEDULE
OPENS – MONDAY by Noon (online)
CLOSES – WEDNESDAY at Noon or later (online)
PICK-UP – SUNDAY 11 AM TO 2 PM (Please do not be late)
DELIVERY – SATUDAY EVENING or SUNDAY 10 AM TO 6 PM (Depending on volunteer availability)
Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is currently the only method we offer and it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
Minimum Pick-up Order is $10 with NO additional fees.
THE CO-OP DOES NOT HAVE SPACE FOR HOLDING YOUR PRODUCE…So If you do NOT pick-up your order on time, your order will be donated to a family in need. YOU WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF YOUR ORDER. Your account will be disabled and you will not be able to order through the co-op until your account is paid up to date.
We currently offer delivery in the Dunedin area on a week by week basis depending upon the amount of volunteer help we have each week. The cost is $5 with a $12 order minimum. We will contact you to make a delivery plan. We deliver Saturday Evening or after our Sunday Pick-up, anytime between 10 AM to 6PM, depending on volunteer help and how smooth the pick-up goes. If no one will be home please make sure a large sealed cooler is left in a shady spot with payment. If it’s your first delivery we will touch base to make plans :)
When do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when your order is delivered or picked-up. Because we may have to adjust your total then (to account for unannounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable OR meat adjustments), we do not accept advance payment on the website.
Are there membership fees?
15 Total Season Pick-ups in a 31 week duration (Oct 2019 thru May 2020)
FREE Annual Membership
10% Order Processing Fee
*FREE Annual Co-op Membership for the 2019 – 2020 FALL CO-OP SEASON *
In previous years we have charged an annual membership fee and last year we heavily discounted that fee. This season we are changing the fee process in accordance with changes to our Season Schedule. We will now have an every other week pick-up schedule or two pick-up per month during the holiday season as our Co-op Manager is currently working full-time at the HEP Homeless Empowerment Program growing organic food for their kitchen, which serves the homeless.
ORDER PROCESSING FEE
In previous years we have charged a 3% processing fee, which covers the direct cost of this online operating system. The fee will increase this season to 10% as we waive the regular Annual Membership Fee. This will allow members to purchase on weeks that they are available and the processing fee will help to cover all general co-op operating cost of that week.
Is the Co-op Open Every Week?
No, the Co-op is open according to the 2019-2020 CO-OP SUNDAY PICK-UP SCHEDULE posted above. In addition, we will either open or remained closed each week depending on what and how much produce is available each week. However our goal is to remain open every week if and when possible.
We only offer LOCALLY GROWN produce and the availability of Local Organic & Homegrown Produce grown without chemicals is currently very unreliable in our area. So when there is enough to make it happen we open and when not, we take a break.
The important thing is that we all continue to support each other throughout the Co-op’s ups and downs, this supports and allows the Co-op to continue to grow and become a more reliable source of local food each new season and year.
Summertime is our slowest season, so if you join the Co-op in the Spring or Summer, please understand that we may be closed for a few weeks or even a few months depending on the growers and the weather. Think of your commitment to the Co-op as an investment in your Local Community and it’s Growing Local Food Movement! It is a small fee to pay in comparison to the great impact it is making.
CO-OP USUALLY CLOSES FOR SUMMER
Please understand that the past few years the Co-op has been fortunate and able to open and run continuously from October through May/June. Each year is different depending upon our current farms and farmers and of course the all mighty Mother Earth and her unpredictable weather, pests and diseases. We hope to continue this schedule, however nothing we do is guaranteed and we are at the mercy of many variables. With that said please continue to support the Co-op as often as you can so we can work toward expanding the Co-op each season and supporting our local farmers and food movement.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with the Dunedin Harvest Co-op you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want. The weekly email lists the produce and other goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
Why are the meat orders adjusted and sometimes different than the price listed online?
All meat cuts weigh different amounts as that is the way the USDA slaughterhouse does it, even the ground meats. All cows are different sizes as well so all steaks and roasts and other cuts of meat vary as well. We offer multiple orders of the same cuts and don’t’ have the time or space on the website to list every single individual package. So to make it more efficient, we try our best to list an average weight of each cut. Then when we pack your order we adjust your invoice to the correct actual weight. SO PLEASE ALWAYS WAIT TO WRITE A CHECK UNTIL YOU PICK-UP OR RECIEVE YOUR ORDER.
How do I cook grass-fed meat products?
We want you to have a great experience with all produce and products you purchase through our Market. Many folks are not aware that grass-fed beef and lamb are made for rare to medium-rare cooking. If you want it cooked more well done then you have to stew it on very low heat. GRASS FED BEEF HAS THE FAT CONTENT OF SKINLESS CHICKEN. Source: www.americangrassfedbeef.com. Here are some tips for successfully cooking grass-fed beef and some how-to recipes for different cuts of grass-fed beef. Here are some tips for successfully cooking grass-fed lamb with recipes too. Here is an all purpose link with recipes for all meats, including pork. Bon appetit!
How can I support the Co-op?
There are many ways to support and be part of the Co-op!
#1 Sign-up with an account online today and start buying local!
#2 Volunteer for the Co-op!
Make sure to visit the Co-op’s main website at www.DunedinHarvest.com!
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Fresh from the fields to your table!
Local produce contains all the vital nutrients that the human body needs & deserves.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘Join this Market’. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We currently do not charge a joining fee, but we do take a percentage of your overall sales. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact the market manager if you want more information.