Food-buying clubs buy direct in bulk from local producers and natural food wwwwholesalers and then, split up the orders. This allows individuals & families to buy healthy, organic food for a lot less than it would cost shopping retail.
Montavilla Food Buying Club
Companies they order from: Local farmers & ranchers, Hummingbird Wholesale, Azure Standard, and Frontier Natural Food Coop.
Recent offerings include: local beef & lamb, blueberries, peaches, walla sweets, local soy- & corn-free eggs, organic ice cream bars, fair-trade, organic coffee
Annual membership fee: $10+ (optional through 2011)
Eastside Food Buying Club
Club Coordinator: Chris Musser
The Portland Eastside Buying Club serves East Portland residents who want to save money on real, whole foods without sacrificing quality. They offer group purchases of meat from locally raised, pastured animals; bulk orders of local fruits & vegetables, milk, butter, eggs, and nuts; and fair trade/sustainably produced coffee & chocolate.
Their vendors: Azure Standard, Deck Family Farm, Graf Century Farm, PD Farms, Red Hog Farm, Iliamna Fish Co., Oregon Tuna, Frog Meadow Farm, Thompson Farm, ProFarm Produce, Hummingbird Wholesale, Frontier Co-op, Larsen’s Creamery, Freddy Guy’s Hazelnuts, Cafe Mam, Sweet Earth Chocolate
To join: Prospective members must fill out the Member Contact and Interest form: http://bit.ly/cWU01Q . Membership will not be approved until the form is completed.
Annual Fees: PDX EBC offers a pay-what-you-can annual membership.
Know Thy Food
Coordinator: Rebecca Andersson
A direct-to-consumer food buying club connecting members with local farms, food producers and wholesale distributors. Their focus is on making high quality foods and other goods available to our members at fair prices; helping to sustain our families and communities, and foster a healthy, vibrant local food economy.
Hours of operation: Tuesdays from 10 am to 8 pm, with member pick up between 4-8 pm
Pick-up location: 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
They offer: grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goat; pastured pork & chicken; pastured eggs, organic produce, local raw honey, organic dairy, fair-trade coffee, natural & organic dry goods, personal and household items.
To join, complete the form at: http://knowthyfood.com/shop/members/member_form.php
Annual fee: pay-what-you-can
Lents Grocery Buying Club
Contact: Laura Bouma
Local buying club working on creating a storefront food co-op in the Lents area. Their focus is on offering healthy and affordable foods at reasonable prices. You don’t have to live in Lents to participate.
They have sources for farm fresh produce, eggs, milk, pastured poultry, grass fed meats, grains, grocery items and much more. If you can buy it in bulk, they can probably get it.
Vendors include: Larsen’s butter, PD Farms, Bob’s Red Mill, Lady Lane Dairy, Charlie’s Produce, Diestel Turkey, Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics; Hummingbird Wholesale, Azure Standard, Frontier Natural Products, and Cafe Mam for organic, fair-trade coffee.
Their Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Foodbuyingclub/
A semi-private club created by Joshua Patterson and Molli Vandehey, which is focused on farm-direct and low allergen foods, skills & equipment sharing, and building intentional community. They are currently accepting new members, and offer eggs, beef, pork, rabbit, goat, raw dairy, OGC produce, Charlie’s soap, and gluten free & vegan groceries and bulk items from Earthly Gourmet.
Farm to Family
SW Portland Buying Club
Contact: Terri Vermillion 503-939-1917
We are a Farm Direct and Bulk Food Buying Club connecting our members with local farms, food producers and wholesale distributors in Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas. Our focus is on providing quality, healthy foods and goods to our members at affordable prices while supporting sustainable agriculture.
We offer Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Organic Milk, Cage Free Eggs, Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised, Organic chicken, Pasture Raised Pork, Northwest Pacific Seafood, Organic Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit and Natural Household and Personal Products.
Distribution site is located in SW Portland/Eastern Beaverton.
Rose City Coop
Organic and natural foods for folks in and around Beaverton. Some of the items they offer are fresh produce, local dairy items, farm fresh eggs, organic flour and baking items, spices, kitchen gadgets, bath and beauty products. They are also a drop point for Azure Standard and Thundering Hooves.
Rose City Co-op maintains wholesale accounts with several distributors and companies who offer organic and natural products. Pricing and ordering instructions for each company is posted on their message board under the correct forum.
Pick up is at their Beaverton location, Tues & Thurs from 10 am – 6 pm and on Wednesdays from 10 am – 8 pm.
Annual Fee: Rose City Co-op does not charge a membership fee, however they require that all members remain active. To remain active you must participate in our buying club within 45 days of the activation of your account. Open to new members.
Simply in Harmony
This is a distributor drop for Azure, which means customers place their order with the coordinator, she places one large order with Azure, and then calls customers to pick up their portion of the order at their convenience. Customers pay her at pick up time. Open to new members.
5801 NW Cornelius Pass Road
Fork Revolution is the home food buying group of a local food distributor,Eat Oregon First. All their food is fresh and grown, caught or made in Oregon. Buyers sign up to receive the weekly product availability list, which is emailed to them every Monday. Customers place their order online and pick up their items at the Fork Revolution warehouse between 9:00 & 5:00, Monday to Friday. Cost to join Fork Revolution is $10 (1x fee). For more info, email email@example.com
North Portland Food Buying Club
Companies they order from: Organically Grown Produce, Dave’s Killer Bread, Cafe Mam Coffee, Hummingbird Wholesale, Azure Standard, Bob’s Red Mill, Noris Dairy, and Frontier Natural Food Coop
Their membership is currently closed. However, they open their membership periodically. To be included on their waitlist, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name.
Their mission: “You CAN eat the best, most local, most delicious food you can get your hands on without going broke!”
Vendors include: Azure Standard; C’est Naturelle Farm: produce, raw milk, pastured eggs and soon pastured meat; Dharma Trading Co.: fiber, textiles, craft; Rose Mountain Herbs: herbs, tea, body & bath; and Territorial Seeds: seeds, bulbs, plants, garden supplies. They also carry garden and cottage industry products produced by their members.
To join, fill out the application at www.tierrasoulpdx.com/products/buying-club/
Annual fee: Free one month trial. Then, pay-what-you-want.
Food and Faith Buying Club
A produce buying club at Holy Redeemer. Open to new members. To learn more, contact email@example.com
I Dig Worms Buying Club
We are a small food buying club in Clackamas Oregon our goal is to bridge our members with local farms and food producers. Our focus is on making high quality local foods and other goods available to our members at affordable prices. We are a group of families in search of a better or more economical way of purchasing food or other items. We want to keep our money in the local economy and better the lives of our families, friends and local producers.
Recent offerings include: grass-fed beef & lamb; pastured pork & chicken; pastured, corn & soy free eggs, organic produce, seeds, local raw honey, natural & organic dry goods, personal & household items.
To join, find us on FaceBook, call or email
Annual fee: none
West Vancouver Buying Club
Members of the West Vancouver Buying Club have been ordering from Azure since 2004, and are currently on monthly route D@, with weekly orders from Noris Dairy.
There is a $10 montly charge which goes toward equipment and future expenses.
Balanced Talents Food Co-op
A group of families in Clark County, Washington who are looking for good deals on organic produce and whole foods.
Lists of available produce and other groceries are emailed to the members. Orders are then placed for desired items in any quantity. Orders will be put together and ready for members to pick up during co-op times.
Orders are picked up on Thursdays at a location in Southeast Vancouver.
To join: send an introductory email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number and also telling how you heard about the co-op and who referred you. Please mention that you have read, understand, and agree to the FAQ page found at www.swahninfo.net/FAQ.html#section1.
Fees: There is no membership fee. Fees on orders range from 6-12%.