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The Food Buying Group

A community co-op is where we pool our money to order food and other products in bulk at discounted prices. Join as many or as few co-op groups as you like. The more participation we have, the better the deals we can get.



Members: 74
Latest Activity: Oct 22, 2012


Food Feature Digest



Citrus, Nuts and HoneyFoodCasts

Click the link to listen to podcasts of the different products we have available. You will be amazed at the difference and you will never go back to store-bought again!


When you click the link, the citrus food cast will pop up and start to play. To listen to the honey foodcast, click the middle button on the bottom of the pop up foodcast. The foodcast for the nuts is the third button on the bottom.



Taste Test Reviews

We recently held a taste test of a variety of products from our Neighbor Needs Group. Some of the products we tested were honey, pistachios and a variety of almonds. Click the link to read the full reviews on how our products fared agaist store-bought products and against those from Bountiful Baskets. Thanks to our reviewers! Here is a re-cap of some of our reviews:



  • "I... noticed a bit of sweetness in (the Pistachios) that I didn’t notice in the store bought ones... The samples were more plump, less withered and dry." -- Michelle
  • "(The Pistachios were)... NO comparison (in taste)... (The taste) was amplified with full flavor... I almost don't care how much these cost, they are worth it - WOW and DELICIOUS." -- Monica
  • "... I don't like pistachios... Then I tried the farmer's... It turns out I DO like pistachios. I just like them fresher than what you can ordinarily buy." -- Wendy
  • "(The) Pistachios... were by far the BEST I have ever eaten... I am definately ordering these." -- Jeanne
  • "The slivered almonds... I ate outright!... They were delicious!.. (M)y husband would buy (the Pistachios) in bulk!" -- Melinda
  • "... (T)he fresh almonds were the best I have ever had so I selfishly didn't share them with the kids!... The... pistachios were delicious and the texture much better than the store-bought variety." -- Laura



  • "The farmer's honey was significantly darker in color... The grocery store honeys were quite a bit runnier...There enormous difference (in flavor)... (The farmer's honey) had a more complex flavor..." -- Wendy
  • "This honey won the taste test... ! The color was a deep amber color, much darker than the other two honey samples... It... had a depth and quality to it that the other samples lacked. The farmer honey was thick, dark, and tasted like summer!" -- Kempe
  • "(The) farmer honey... was very thick, like the consistency of a high quality bottled caramel... It had a rich, complex earthy scent... it sat on my tongue like a soft little ball of deliciousness... I noticed many different, complex flavors. It was mildly sweet in a naturally delightful way. It had almost a buttery taste to it... The rich, thick yet creamy texture was delightful... (It) was like spreading soft butter on the bread... (It) was the clear winner of the taste test!" -- Megan J
  • "...(T)he Clover honey... (was) nothing special... very runny... like it had been watered down..." "(T)he "generic" honey flavor was lacking, had no smell and was horribly tooth-ache sweet." "(T)he famer honey... was a beautiful amber color... so super think it just stuck to the spoon. It was so delightful, the aroma and the taste. It had the yummiest smell that you couldn't wait to taste it." -- Jeanne
  • "The farmer's honey had a thick consistency, sticking to the spoon and forming thin ribbons of honey as it drizzled.  The taste was refreshingly less sweet and more natural with a more complex flavor.  In comparison, the clover and generic tasted ultra sweet - as if modified somehow - and I would not want to eat a lot of those in one sitting.  The farmer's honey is delicious, RAW (yea!), LOCAL (yea!), and I am ordering some!" -- Monica


  • Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to order any of the items based on quality. I think they are offering good, quality products that won’t disappoint. -- Michelle



Share your favorite FBG

Create your own custom widget badge and promote it on Facebook, Twitter and My Space. The easiest way to grow a Food Buying Group is to share it with your friends and neighbors. The more people who participate, the better the deals we get. Make your favorite Food Buying Groups -- BIG Food Buying Groups!


Check out the top right hand seciton of this page.  Click the "Quick Add" Box under your name.  Hit the drop down that says SHARE. This page can go out onto your Facebook, Twitter, Email and more, inviting your friends to come and join us! 



To print flyers for your group, please click the link below:


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Below in the Discussion Forum is where we test out different Food Buying Group ideas and see what kind of response we get.  Feel free to start a discussion and let us know the kinds of products you're interested in getting through a buying group.  Those which generate enough interest get their own group added to the drop down menu above under the Food Buying Group tab.


Bon Appetit!


Discussion Forum

Help Wanted

Started by Loni Schneider. Last reply by Dayna McCleery Feb 13, 2012. 3 Replies

I added some help wanted items to that section in the Food Group. I'm looking for some regular, reliable taste testers and restaurant reviewers. Please see details…Continue

Low levels of radiation found in US milk

Started by Melinda Scott Mar 30, 2011. 0 Replies

I thought this was an interesting article originating from Spokane, WA.They've tested low levels of radiation in milk, of all things and went onto say the US imports dairy from Japan.  Really?  We…Continue

Neighbor Needs

Started by Loni Schneider. Last reply by Heidi Taylor Mar 21, 2011. 51 Replies

We have a new food buying group!Currently, Bountiful Baskets is our biggest, most successful food buying group. We love them and we want to continue to use them, promote them and help them to be as…Continue

Dr Blaylock: Japan Radiation Could Pose Threat to US

Started by Melinda Scott. Last reply by Loni Schneider Mar 17, 2011. 3 Replies

Anyone following this???  Our produce from many co-ops are in theconcerned area.Melinda Dr. Blaylock: Japan Radiation Could Pose Threat to USTuesday, March 15, 2011 8:07 AMBy Ashley Martella and Jim…Continue

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Comment by Loni Schneider on March 11, 2011 at 11:54am



Here's the link to the shopping cart for the honey and citrus:  It's on the Neighbor Needs home page - the sub tab under the Food Buying Group tab above.

Comment by merisa on March 11, 2011 at 11:12am
where do we pay for the honey so we can get it Saturday?
Comment by Loni Schneider on March 6, 2011 at 12:24am
Heh.  Honey order will be up on Monday.
Comment by Melinda Scott on March 5, 2011 at 10:31pm
Loni, people are probably thinking, "I already KNOW I'll like the honey.  Just get the order up!"  :)
Comment by Melinda Scott on March 5, 2011 at 10:31pm
That's a good point, Mike.  And rest assured it happens ALL DAY.  I wonder if that person was recovering from the flu, or was carrying some other germ that hadn't affected them yet, or had just wiped their nose.  Seriously, there's much to be grateful for when you know where things come from!
Comment by Loni Schneider on March 5, 2011 at 12:10am
I could still use some more volunteers, though!  If anyone else is still interested, it'll be Monday at 10:30. Reply on here or send me a note, or fill out the volunteer form. Whatever works for you. But I could use more people.  Thanks, everyone!
Comment by Loni Schneider on March 5, 2011 at 12:07am
Hi, Melinda.  Thank you for volunteering!  I was having a hard time getting anyone to volunteer. That surprised me, cause I've got people waiting for the order form to go up and I thought for sure people would come out of the woodworks for free samples! Fortunately, I have been able to get some volunteers since then, so I don't want to change the day at this time. But, thank you. I'll let you know about the next taste test. I understand we should have strawberries coming soon. I'm very excited about that! That's a HUGE canning opportunity!  YUM!
Comment by Melinda Scott on March 4, 2011 at 11:58pm

Hi Loni,

You mentioned if someone needed a different day to taste the honey to let you know.  I'm not available on Monday, but I could be available on another day.  Thurs aren't good either.

Comment by Loni Schneider on March 3, 2011 at 11:08am



That's a good idea.  I'll add a notes section at the bottom of the order forms.

Comment by Loni Schneider on March 3, 2011 at 11:07am



I checked with the supplier and the pistachios are roasted and salted.  Unlike most other nuts, raw pistachios are not very good and will not store more than a few days.


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