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By The Bushel Community Food Cooperative
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2016 Main Season Baskets!

Local organic produce throughout the peak growing season! Please contact us to join our main season basket program, running from June 16th to Oct 28th. Please go to our Make a Purchase page for more information on basket sizes, prices, basket examples and produce guide. Missed our sign-up date? Basket pricing is pro-rated accordingly, contact us today!

2016 Spring Baskets!

We are excited to once again be offering our 6 week spring basket program from May 5th to June 10th. Please go to our Make a Purchase page for more information on basket sizes, prices, basket examples and produce guide. We ask members to please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in signing up. Happy Spring!

Happy New Year!

Thank you to our dedicated members in support of our strategic planning as we grow the cooperative. We look forward to launching our new website in the near future. If you should have any inquiries during our transition, please give us a call at 705-760-1387. Please note that we are no longer at our Brock St. location. Many changes to come! New members welcome. Cheers to 2016!


October/November Product Order (Deadline: November 8th)

Posted: October 28, 2015

We are facilitating another product order to provide our members with the opportunity to stock their pantries and fridges in anticipation of the approaching holiday season. We have added several new offerings to this month's catalog including flours, sugars, and baking spices. A list of products is included below. Completed product order forms may be emailed to coop@bythebushel.ca no later than Sunday November 8th

Chicken, Pork, Beef (frozen)

Vegan Protein Options (tempeh and soy burgers)


Coffee (whole beans)

Maple syrup

Wild rice

Cheese and butter


Oils (sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, canola

Canned tomatoes

Grains, popcorn, dried beans

Flour (soft and whole rye, spelt, and red fife)

Chocolate products


Baking spices

September Additional Product Pre-Order

Posted: September 29, 2015

We are giving the opportunity for our members to stock up on their favourite other farm and value-added products before the Thanksgiving holidays. As a result, this ordering period is fair bit shorter than usual, please note the deadlines and other details listed below.

Products Available for Order

Chicken, Pork, and Beef (frozen)


Cheese and Butter

Maple Syrup and Honey (limited quantities)

Wild Rice

Please refer to the catalogue for full details including prices catalogue. If you are interested in ordering items, please email a completed order form to Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca by Sunday October 4th. Orders will be available for pick up on Thursday October 8th and Friday October 9th.

Extra Produce Availability

Revised: September 10, 2015

On occasion, we will have extra produce available for sale from our basket pick ups. If you are interested in being notified when we have extras, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts Friday morning for an announcement about what is available. You may also email coop@bythebushel.ca with your name and preferred method of contact. We will go through our contact list Friday morning and members have until 1pm to come and purchase produce from our pick up location. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Volunteers Needed: Purple Onion Festival (September 20th)

Posted: August 26, 2015

We are looking for up to 5-6 volunteers (depending on your shift length) for the Purple Onion Festival. Duties would include assisting with the staffing of the co-op booth and providing visitors with information about the co-op as well as helping with the booth set up and tear down. Ideally, we're looking for an hour shift commitment. If you're interested or have any questions please contact Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca. We appreciate any time you can volunteer, especially if you'll be attending the events anyways!

Additional Product Pre-Order

Revised: August 26, 2015

We are giving the opportunity for our members to pre-order a number of farm and value-added goods from our producer members and suppliers as listed below.

Chicken, Pork, and Beef (frozen)


Cheese and Butter

Maple Syrup and Honey

Please refer to the catalogue for full details including prices catalogue. If you are interested in ordering items, please email a completed order form to Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca. Order deadline is tentatively mid or late September and pick up is tentatively late September or early October. Please check back for updates or email coop@bythebushel.ca for more information.

Upcoming Events

Posted: July 22, 2015

By the Bushel is excited to be able to participate in community events to spread the word about food co-operatives as well as our own co-op and basket program! Some upcoming events are as follows:

August 12:GE Health and Wellness Fair (11:30AM-4PM)

September 20:Purple Onion Festival (11AM-5PM)

We are looking for volunteers at the GE Health and Wellness Fair (1 volunteer) as well as the Purple Onion Festival (minimum 4 volunteers). If you would like to help the co-op by volunteering a couple hours of your time, or if you have questions about what volunteering involves, email Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca. We appreciate any time you can volunteer, especially if you'll be attending the events anyways!

Additional Product Pre-Order

Posted: July 7, 2015

We are giving the opportunity for our members to pre-order a number of farm and value-added goods from our producer members and suppliers as listed below.

Chicken, Pork, and Beef (frozen)

Tempeh Burgers


Cheese and Butter

Maple Syrup and Honey

Wild Rice

Pizza Dough (7 Grain)


Condiments (as listed below)

Salad dressings (Creamy Caesar, Ranch, Roasted Garlic, Balsamic, Italian with Roasted Pepper, Raspberry)

Mustards (Old fashioned, Dijon, and Turmeric)

Canned tomatoes (tomato paste, diced, whole, and crushed)

Oils (extra virgin olive, canola, and sunflower)

Vinegars (apple cider, balsamic, white balsamic, white wine, red wine

Please refer to the order form here (revised from the previous order) for full details including prices. If you are interested in ordering items, please email a completed form to Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca no later than Monday July 20th. The items will be ready for pick up on Thursday July 30th and Friday July 31st.

Summer Basket Season Starts June 18th

Revised: June 17, 2015

Our summer basket season begins tomorrow (June 18th) and runs until October 30th. Our producers have been hard at work, growing wonderful food to our summer baskets. We really need the support of our membership to ensure the overall success of our programming. The viability of the co-op is dependent on the strength of our basket programs. Strong basket sales ensure that we can continue to connect local eaters and growers and create meaningful opportunities for both parties to engage in the co-op as part of shaping a sustainable regional food system.

If you are interested in joining us for the summer season, we do have space accommodate jump-ins. Though members must give a week's notice relative to their desired start date. This ensures we have adequate time to coordinate with our producers and ensure a steady supply of fresh, ecologically grown food throughout the summer season.

Please notify Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca if you are interested in participating in the summer season. Deposits or full payments with a basket form may be mailed to our mailing address. Payments may also be submitted via Paypal and a completed order form may be emailed to coop@bythebushel.ca. Full details and pro-rated pricing is available here. Our summer offerings are as follows. If you have any questions, please contact Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca

Installment Payment Option Available on Paypal

Posted: June 17, 2015

For our summer baskets, our payment policy is to have half of the remaining balance due at the first basket pick-up and the remainder is due as of August 1st. We have now created a third Paypal button on our "Make a Purchase" page to accommodate this payment. Please feel free to use it if you wish to pay through your credit card. Otherwise, please bring cash or a cheque to your first basket pickup. Basket payments as follows (for full subscriptions only):

20 week small basket plan: $165.00 (late June); $165.00 (August 1st)

20 week medium basket plan: $225.00 (late June); $225.00 (August 1st)

18 week small basket plan: $148.00 (late June); $148.00 (August 1st)

18 week medium basket plan: $192.50 (late June); $225.00 (August 1st)

Bi-weekly medium basket plan: $112.50 (late June); $112.50 (August 1st)

Additional Product Pre-Order

Posted: June 4, 2015

We are giving the opportunity for our members to pre-order a number of farm and value-added goods from our producer members and suppliers as listed below.

Chicken, Pork, and Beef (frozen)


Cheese and Butter

Maple Syrup and Honey

Wild Rice

Condiments (ie. oils, vinegars, salad dressings, etc.)

Please refer to the order form for full details including prices. If you are interested in ordering items, please email a completed form to Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca no later than Friday June 12th at 7pm. The items will be ready for pick up on Thursday June 25th and/or Friday June 26th.

Gilmour Street Garage: Call for Donations and Volunteers

Posted: May 13, 2015


By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative will be participating in the annual Gilmour Street Garage Sale on Saturday May 23 (approx. 8am-3pm). The event is a street wide garage sale that draws over a 1,000 people each year. The co-op hopes to use the event to increase our community presence and overall awareness of our work as well as a fundraiser to help support future initiatives. We are seeking donations of good quality garage sale items including:


-Children's toys/games


-Small appliances or/and furniture


Anyone interested in donating items is asked to contact Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca or 705-760-1387 with an item list no later than Wednesday May 20 at 5pm. Donations may be dropped off on Friday May 22 between 2:00pm-6:30pm . The location will be privately emailed.


We are also looking for volunteers to assist us during the drop off and event days (ideally for at least an hour). More information on volunteer opportunities can be found under the Volunteer Opportunities posting on this page or contacting Alli.

Employment Opportunity

Posted: May 8, 2015

Position: Co-op Assistant (Summer Student)

Duration: 30hrs/week for 8 weeks (June 8-July 31)

Hourly Wage: $11/hr (3-4 days/week, including the possibility of working some evenings and weekends)

We are seeking a summer student to fill a Co-op Assistant position to work directly with the Co-op Manager on implementing a wide variety of activities in support of our vision to strengthen our existing initiatives and scale up our overall operations. This position was created by Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must meet the following criteria:


-Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment

-Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year at a post-secondary institution and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

-Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

-Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Full job description is available here

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are asked to email their cover letter and resume to hr@bythebushel.ca no later than Tuesday May 19th at 5pm with the subject line Co-op Assistant. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted: May 4, 2015

Our co-op is primarily volunteer run organization. We rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers to make everything run smoothly: from events to basket pick up days and Board/committee work, volunteers play an essential role in our work.

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with our produce basket program on a regular basis as well as co-op and community events on a per event basis. Additional information is available here. Other opportunities will become available in the future. Anyone who might be interested the current or future volunteer opportunities, please email Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca.

Full (6 week) Spring Subscription Deadline has passed

Posted: April 30, 2015

We are no longer accepting orders for our full (6 week) spring subscriptions. However, anyone wishing to jump in, we have limited space available. Listed below are the order deadlines for the rest of the spring season. Please email Alli at coop@bythebushel.ca to confirm availability prior to ordering.

5 week baskets

Start: May 14/15; Orders due: Wednesday May 6 by 7pm

Small: $100.00 (Deposit: $40.00)

Regular: $130,00 (Deposit: $50.00)

4 week baskets

Start: May 21/22; Orders due: Wednesday May 13 by 7pm

Small: $80,00 (Deposit: $40.00)

Regular: $104.00 (Deposit: $50.00)

3 week baskets

Starts: May 28/29; Orders due: Wednesday May 20 by 7pm

Small: $60.00 (Deposit: $40.00)

Regular: $78.00 (Deposit: $50.00)

2 week baskets

Starts: June 4/5; Orders due: Wednesday May 27 at 7pm

Small: $40.00

Regular: $52.00

1 week baskets

Start: June 11/12; Orders due: Wednesday June 3 at 7pm

Small: $20.00

Regular: $26.00

Basket Program Start Dates

Posted: April 4, 2015, Updated: April 23, 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 29th

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 Becky 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 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. If you have any event suggestions, please let us know by emailing coop@bythebushel.ca

Purple Onion Festival

September 20, Time: 11AM-5PM, Millennium Park

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 spring basket subscriptions (5 weeks baskets currently available) in addition to our summer and winter offerings. Spaces are limited. For full information, visit Make a Purchase

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