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Basket Program Start Dates

Posted: April 4, 2015, Updated: April 16, 2014

We have finalized the start dates for this season's basket programs, which are listed below. If you are looking to participate in a full season subscription , we need to have your basket form, member form (if applicable), and deposit or full payment no later than the Wednesday of the week before the start date . (This also applies to anyone wishing to join the program once the season has started.) Though sooner is better as our producers require sufficient notice to assure that the food they're growing and harvesting is specifically for co-op members. Anyone whose order and payment is received after this time will start their subscription the next week and pricing will be pro-rated to reflect that. Subscription spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to availability. Please email us at coop@bythebushel.ca to inquire about availability prior to applying.

Spring Baskets Start: Thursday May 7th

Full season subscription deadline: Wednesday April 30th

Summer Baskets Start: Thursday June 18th

Full season subscription deadline: Wednesday June 10th

Winter Baskets Start: Thursday November 19th

Full season subscription deadline: Wednesday November 11th

New to the 2015 Season

Posted: March 23, 2015; Revised: March 30, 2015

For the first-time we will be offering different basket sizes for our 2015 season. Originally, we had stated that we would be offering small and large baskets. However, we decided not to proceed with large basket sizes this season. We will have however have extra produce available during basket pick up days for anyone looking to supplement their basket orders. We are adding small basket sizes to the spring and summer weekly basket subscriptions only. Details are listed below. Order your basket subscriptions here


6 week small spring basket (4-6 items): $120.00 (Deposit: $40.00)

20 week small summer basket (5-6 items): $490.00 (Deposit: $160.00)

18 week small summer basket (5-6 items): $441.00 (Deposit: $145.00)

News: PayPal Is Back Online

Posted: March 25, 2015

Our PayPal button is once again operational! Our apologies for any inconvenience. Potential members wishing to purchase a co-op membership may do so here. New and existing members wishing to purchase a basket subscription may do so here. If you encounter any problems with your PayPal transactions, please email coop@bythebushel.ca.

Volunteers Needed: Peterborough Garden Show 2015

Dates: Thursday April 2nd, Friday April 3rd, Saturday April 4th

Posted: March 24, 2015; Revised: March 30, 2015

We are seeking members who are knowledgeable about the co-op and eager to help us spread the word about the By the Bushel to act as volunteer Show Representatives during this year's Garden Show. Shift times are listed below and can be flexible. One volunteer per shift. Volunteering gets you free admission into the show for that day. For more information, email coop@bythebushel.ca.

Thursday April 2nd: 7pm-9:30pm

Friday April 3rd: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Saturday April 4th: 9:30am-12:30pm; 12:30pm-3:30pm

New Event Listing

Posted: March 23, 2015

We've been graciously invited to take part the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's 7th Annual Earth Day Event. Full information is available on the side panel.

Yorkshire Valley Farms Chicken Pick Up

Posted: March 10, 2015

Our Yorkshire Valley Farms chicken order has arrived and is available for pick-up Wednesday March 11th and Thursday March 12th from 4-7pm. We will also be selling left over chicken and vegetables listed below on a first-come, first serve basis. Basket orders and deposits may also be dropped during this time. If you are interested in coming by during this time, please email us and we will privately share the location information with you.

Yorkshire Valley Farms Chicken

-Thighs: $11.11/1 kg bag (4 in stock)

-Tenders: $21.24/ 1kg bag (4 in stock)

-Breasts: $22.49/1 kg bag (7 in stock)

-Whole Chicken: $16.86/1.5 kg bird (2 in stock)

Winter Produce For Sale

-Rutabaga: $1.45/lb

-Carrots: $1.96/lb

-Parsnips: $2.54/lb

-Potatoes: $1.67/lb

-Beets: $1.81/lb

-Onions: $1.96/lb

Yorkshire Valley Farms Pre-Order Extension

Posted: February 12, 2015

We are re-opening our Yorkshire Valley Farms pre-order. The weather has caused some delays in their production end and they are not able to fill all of their orders immediately. Our order is expected to arrive in early March. Everyone wanting to get in on the order is asked to submit their orders no later than Friday February 20th. Order forms are available here. We will circulate pick-up information once we have more details.

Now Accepting February Meat Pre-Orders!

Posted: January 29, 2015

We are gagging interest for meat orders to coincide with February's basket pickup. We are looking to order Yorkshire Valley Farms' chicken, Lunar Rhythms' pork, and Merrylynd Organics' beef products.

A list of products available and their pricing is available here. If you would like participate in the pre-order and secure your meat in advance, please fill out the form with the quantities and total (where possible), save it, and email it to Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca no later than Friday February 6th. If you have difficulty accessing the form here, please email Alli and she will send you one. You will be emailed within 24 hours to confirm that your order has been received. If you do not receive a response within this time, please call Alli at 705-760-1387. Please be aware that because we have limited space to store our meat orders, we may have to stop accepting orders prior to this deadline. We will notify all members of this decision.

Please also note that Yorkshire Valley Farms requires a minimum order. After February 6th, we will email all members that expressed interest in their products to confirm whether we had enough interest to proceed with that part of the order. Lunar Rhythms and Merrylynd Organics do not require minimum orders.

Any orders received after the February 6th deadline (or our order cap) will not be filled and will be subject to first-come, first-serve basis on pick up day. The pick-up days will be Thursday February 19th 3-7pm and Friday February 20th 9am-1pm at Paula's house. Payments may be made by cash or cheque (made out to "By the Bushel Co-op"). A reminder email will be sent out the week of the pick-up.

December 2014: Exciting News: We're Moving!

Updated: January 30, 2015

The New Year approaching signals not only a time for reflection but also a time for new beginnings. In line with our strategic vision, the Board has decided to close the storefront at 196 Brock Street at the end of December. Our winter basket program pick-up will be run from Paula's house throughout January and February.

Over the winter months, we will be working towards recognizing the co-op's next steps both in the short-term and long-term as we look to grow the co-op to better respond to the needs of our community and local food system.

-Come in and stock up on holidays gifts and fresh local food items during our regular and holidays hours.

-Participate in our brief marketing survey here

-Participate in our upcoming 2015 spring and summer basket programs. Full subscription information and 2015 season forms are available here

-Join our Board of Directors and ensure your voice is heard. We currently have 2 Board Member vacancies (2 producer representatives).

-Join our events, marketing, or finance committees as they work on spreading the news and mobilizing support for us.

-Join our newly formed locations committee and get on the ground floor of finding our dream space.

-Host a kitchen table discussion, invite members and non-members to join and share their visions for the future of the co-op.

-Have other ideas? Share them with us. We will do our best to support you.

Stay tuned to your inbox, social media, and website for more updates during this exciting time. For more information, contact Alli (Co-op Manager) at coop@bythebushel.ca or call 705-760-1387.

We have an ambitious goal ahead of us and with your support, energy, and enthusiasm, we can make it a reality. We hope to see you in the storefront for our final days at 196 Brock Street and share in the excitement in the new journey that we are embarking on. Wishing you all of the best this season. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and your families!

Come and Visit Us in Our Final Days at 196 Brock Street

Come check out our store at 196 Brock Street (behind the Youth Emergency Shelter, on the main floor of the Carriage House). Our shelves, fridge and freezer are stocked with a wide variety of items available for members to purchase including certified organic frozen beef (Merryland Organics), a variety of Empire cheeses, wild rice (Black Duck Wild Rice), maple syrup (Merryland Organics), and a selection of local, ecologically grown produce including beets, carrots, onions, squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and potatoes! So come and do your holiday shopping at your friendly local food co-op!

Last Hours of 2014 and in our current location

Monday December 22: 10:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday December 23: 10:00am-5:30pm

Happy Holidays!

With the end of year approaching, we often find ourselves reflecting back on the previous twelve months. Looking at lessons, experiences, and other kernels of wisdom that will guide into the New Year. It is also a time celebrate all of the things that we have accomplished here at the co-op. The completion of another successful growing season by our producer members who brought beautiful, local, ecologically-grown produce to our ever-growing consumer membership. As well as our Ontario Trillium Foundation grant which will help By the Bushel in enhancing our capacity to shape a strong, resilient, and fair local sustainable food system in the years to come.

We appreciate all of our members for their continued support and input. Truly, By the Bushel is a reflection of its member-owners. We are excited to continue working together throughout the 2015 year and all of the opportunities and adventures that await us.

From all of us at By the Bushel, we wish you and your family a Happy Holidays! Much health and happiness in the New Year.

Wrapping up the 2014 Season

Updated: January 30, 2015

Our skilled producers are still hard at work producing and storing lots of beautiful, fresh produce for the winter. February winter baskets are still available. Our last winter basket pick up date is Thursday February 19th and Friday February 20th. If you're interested in receiving a basket please let us know either email coop@bythebushel.ca or call 705-760-1387 no later than Friday February 6th.. Basket deposits and payments can be facilitated through the site under the "Make a Purchase" section. Orders may be still mailed or dropped off to the YES (196 Brock Street, K9H 2P4) as this will be our mailing address until we have found a new location. Please label the envelope with "By the Bushel".

We also offer spring, summer, and fall baskets with weekly or bi-weekly subscription options. Spring subscriptions run weekly for six weeks from May to mid-June. Summer subscriptions run weekly and bi-weekly from mid-June until the end of October. Winter baskets run monthly from November to February. For more information on all basket options and how to reserve, click here

If you don't have a basket but would like the occasional basket, please send an e-mail to coop@bythebushel.ca and we will call you on Friday mornings if we have extra.

New members welcome!

See what we are all about on You Tube. Thanks to Ben Laurie for the footage

A Range
of Local Products

By the Bushel offers a variety of produce baskets. Weekly spring baskets (May to June). Weekly and bi-weekly summer produce baskets (June to October). And monthly winter produce baskets (November to February). Please click on this link to view Our Produce Guide or Produce Basket Examples to get a sense of what we offer throughout the four growing seasons.

We also offer a selection of value-added goods such as frozen meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, and more. These may be purchased in addition to or independently of our baskets.

What's New?

2015 Upcoming Events

We will be participating in a number of community events in the coming months. Whether you're just learning about the co-op, a long-time member, or anywhere in between, we invite you to come by, say hi, and learn about the new, exciting things that we have in the works for the 2015 season.

Peterborough Garden Show , Thursday April 2nd (5-9pm); Friday April 3rd (10am-5pm); Saturday April 4th (10am-4pm), Evinrude Centre (911 Monaghan Road)

7th Annual Earth Day Event (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), Wednesday April 22nd, 9:45am-1:30pm, Robinson Hall, Ballroom (300 Water Street)

Gilmour Street Sale Fundraiser, date and location to be confirmed (typically the third weekend of May)

Dandelion Day , Saturday May 30th,11am-4pm,George Street United (534 George Street North

2015 Produce Basket Purchase Forms Are Available!

The 2015 growing season will soon be upon us! We're excited to announce that we'll be offering new 6 week spring basket subscriptions (starting in early May) in addition to our summer and winter offerings. Spaces are limited. For full information, visit Make a Purchase

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