Frontier - group wholesale orders due
Last week I handed out sale flyers from the wholesale supplier Frontier that we do a monthly order with in the West Plains and Gainesville boxes as they arrived late Wednesday afternoon. I will have some available to hand out in Mountain Home this coming Wednesday. Click here for the Online version of the paper sales flyer. To find the price that you will be paying please go down to page 7 and I will explain. Note the abbreviations at the top of the columns: "Item#, Product Name, Reg Whls, Sale Price and SRP". Here is how it works. As a group we order as if we are a store. Where you see Reg Whls - that is the regular wholesale price (what a store might expect to pay on a regular basis). Where you see Sale Price - that is the sale price to the wholesale customer/store. SRP stands for Suggested Retail Price - which is what you would expect to see the item selling for on the store shelf (unless it is on sale or the store doesn't follow regular SRP's from manufactures).
Using this catalog we/you would be paying the SALE Price (wholesale price on sale). Click here for the online version of the BIG BOOK.... nearly everything they offer is in this catalog. I say 'nearly' because the big book is printed just one time per year and new products are added throughout and some items may be discontinued.
(If you have not already requested to register on the Frontier site and would like to do so please re: to this email and let me know to send you an invite to our groups wholesale page.)
Once you are in our groups wholesale page you can add things to your own individual shopping cart. Once you are finished - look at your subtotal - this is the amt that I need from you before I place the group order, the "deposit" I need in advance as I must pay for the group order when I place it. Once it comes in I sort, bag and invoice. Please note that they have stated in their catalogs and on the website that all prices are subject to change without notice (this happens VERY Rarely... I have yet to have it happen within the two weeks that we have to place the order in... unless it was on sale one month and not the next or they get new cases in from the manufacturer and the price point has changed. Or you are using the printed version of the catalog which can obviously change throughout the year.)
For invoicing I must collect and report sales tax. I also collect a 10% co-op processing fee for the time, office and bagging supplies, fuel etc involved on my part. This still gives you an amazing savings over what you would have paid at the store for the items. I have been buying things through co-ops since 2001 and found that it saves our family a LOT of money each month AND I get to use eco friendly products such as BioKleen for even LESS than I can buy the conventional cleaning chemicals at the store for... or at the very least it is a wash. So, it makes sense on so many levels to use the co-op for nearly everything we need. When I couldn't find one near me after moving to MO I decided to create my own group.
If you have not already requested to register on the Frontier site and would like to do so please re: to this email and let me know to send you an invite to our groups wholesale page.
Mark your Calendars... ****For August****... Frontier orders are due in with their deposits (remember, that is your subtotal from the website once you have completed entering your order) by Thursday August 27th. I will be placing the group order that night. If you are not seeing me that week for produce... 1) I will be accepting deposits through that time, so whenever you pick up your box you can hand me a check with your deposit - I have a receipt book with me if you would like a recpt just ask. Sometimes my mind is on just getting the produce boxes off the back of the van for those waiting in line and I just need a quick "may I have a receipt please" to get me going. :) 2) If you are not seeing me for produce, you can mail a check to me at: Wendy Semyck/Ozark Organics, PO Box 467, Tecumseh, MO 65760. Just be sure that if you use the mail to get a check to me you let me know by email when you send it and you pop it in the mail a week before it is due... in this case, by Aug 20th. Tecumseh PO is a rural PO and it can sometimes take longer for things to get there than they would if we lived in town.
If you have any questions feel free to write.
New Cell Number!!
I have a new cell phone number for when I am on the road making deliveries. I am now receiving texts through this phone as well as voice mails. I check my phone daily for vm. However, I do not carry it with me and actually, only have it on when I am on the road. I will only answer the phone personally when I am at a stop with "Hello! This is Wendy"... otherwise, you may hear a soft voice saying "helloooooo" which would be my co-pilot daughter. She may catch on eventually and say, "Hello! This is Miranda" lol If you do get vm, please leave a message as I will be checking the phone often. The number is: 417-712-4122
Ok... so, for the produce...
Next week in produce we are looking forward to working with...
Lettuce, Kale, Sweet Bell Peppers, Pickling and Fresh eating cucumbers (Song Lee informs me that they are DELISH! she has been eating them as she is picking and using them in salads), Summer Squash, Green Beans (maybe even some purple ones from my garden), Onions, Okra, New Potatoes, Asian Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Long Japanese Eggplant, Nectarines and Peaches. (and mushrooms in the full share)
Garden report... my summer squash is finished - when I went on my quick trip to IL to visit my grandmother the squash bugs took over. The Millers report light picking of their summer squash and beans due to heat and wet weather. In extreme heat beans will not blossom and fruit, but the Okra Loves the Sun! My pole beans are finally starting to produce something. I believe that the squash had caused them to either 1) not get enough water as squash are water hogs and I have them planted around the beans "three sisters style" or 2) they shaded the plants so much they couldn't do their thing... probably a little of both. They did grow more than their 6' tall mention on Baker Creek site. LOL And now they are blossoming and showing small beans like crazy since I pulled all the squash out a little over a week ago.
My mint is blooming - I love the tiny purple blossoms - but when it blooms I do not cut it.
The Millers are pulling their greenhouse dirt grown tomatoes. So, I will be starting to get them from another grower as soon as they are ready. Otherwise, the slicing toms will be short for a week or two. Song reports that her Cherry Tomatoes are doing quite well. Super sweet and as one person put it on Wednesday, "that was just like a grape it was that sweet!" She also reports that the Japanese Eggplant and Asian Spinach are going strong along with her cucumbers. Millers burpless cucumbers have slowed to a crawl at this point. So, we are switching over to the pickling variety that seems to handle things a bit better during the MO hot humid days.
We will have peaches and nectarines after all for the next couple of weeks. (When they had told Bob this is the end of the 'contender' variety he had taken it as it was the end of the peaches and nectarines. But we have TWO more weeks of delicious stone fruits! Yeah!) Gala Apples will start showing up sometime in the next two weeks as well! Yeah! So excited for falls arrival! Love this season.
Mushroom Report: As you may know, we produce our mushrooms indoors in a special climate controlled environment. But even with that... there are things going on outside that can effect production. During the hot summer months the oyster mushrooms, in particular, are sensitive and at low production. We just got our spawn in for the next big spawning of oyster and will see them really kick into gear in September! Oyster are my favorite mushroom! They are very high is a special cancer fighting antioxidant ~ LE. The best source of this actually, having 40 times more LE than wheat germ, who was the previously thought of highest source. (and a WHOLE lot easier on the palette!) Bob received our King, Pink, Yellow, Grey and Italian (brown) oyster spawn yesterday while I was in West Plains. We also got a batch of LIONS MANE! So, look for those in the coming weeks. We are so excited to be adding this delicious mushroom to our roster! (hopefully I'm not jumping the gun... never know with these delicate mushrooms if things will go as planned)
If you have any questions about our mushrooms let me know and if I can't answer I will have Bob. :)
We do not put mushrooms in boxes each week as not everyone enjoys them... so, if you would like to add them to your box you can send me an email to have them added on for one week in particular or set up a standing order of mushrooms to be added each week. $3.50 per package... or buy 3 packages for $10.
I have the soap and lotion order in with Deborah. There are still a few hours to add soap if you wish. I will be checking my email this afternoon to see if anyone has added... they will be working hard getting ready for this weekends farmers markets all day today.
If you would like to add beef, pork, cheese, bread, coffee or pizza crusts to your order please have those to me by 3 pm today (Friday).
Have a Wonderful Weekend!