Second Run of our new office Grocery Co-Op today......you should start one in your community too!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes RS-78439 / BRE #01708344

Today I am doing our second run of our office group Grocery Co-Op.

You're probably wondering what is is, right?

Well, what I've done is start an office co-op where everyone who participates pays $20, and then I take the money to the downtown grocers district and buy some fresh produce at wholesale restaurant prices.

Not only is it a great way to save tons of money, but I do not buy any meat, just produce.  So we're not only creating a healthy channel for good food, but we're saving that many more animals from being subject to abuse of the commercialized slaughtering of animals.

Everyone brings in their re-usable grocery bags and we divide up everything equally.  You get so much food for that $20 that alot of people in our office split it between two people and they each pay $20.

Some of the items we get include Avocados, Spinach, Apples, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Cashews, Almonds, Bell Peppers, and much more.

An example of pricing:  when bought by the case, we get extra-large Haas Avacados for about $.25 cents each

For each run, I send a survey of what everyone likes the best through my iContact website, and then that survey is followed by a PayPal link for everyone to pay via PayPal.  So the whole process is automated through iContact and PayPal.

For those of you that are interested, you really should look into starting a co-op like this in your area.  If you have any questions about how I got it up and running, give me a shout.

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Pat Champion
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What a wonderful idea you are not only eating healthy but supporting a local grocery stay in business. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 19, 2010 04:13 AM #1
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Dagny Eason
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What a great idea!    So healthy!    I do not know if we have a wholesale place near us, but the stuff at Costco is pretty good - how does yours compare to Costco?  More deeply discounted?

Apr 19, 2010 04:16 AM #2
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Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
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Ralph...I love the idea and those veggies look scrumptious!

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Apr 19, 2010 04:41 AM #3
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Irene Tron
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Great idea!  I'd love to do the same thing at our church. How did you get started?  I'd appreciate more information.

Apr 19, 2010 12:36 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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Nice, Ralph! A generation ago, when I was at home raising little kids, we had a cheese co-op and vegetable co-ops that worked along those lines. It was fun, social, economical, and healthy (well, not sure how healthy cheese is, but it sure is tasty.)

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What a great idea Ralph!  So healthy, so cheap, and so much fun!

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