Frequently Asked Questions

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What If I Don’t Like It?

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We recommend that you try three deliveries before deciding. You may leave the group by giving your host at least two weeks’ notice. You may rejoin whenever there is an opening, or you may occasionally substitute for other members by letting your coordinator know you are available for that.

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I’m Moving To Nebraska.

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How Can I Continue To Get Fabulous Organic Produce?
Purple Dragon can train you in our complete method for a home-based business. Please call or write for more information.

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How Do I Join?

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If we serve your area, you will find the name of our closest group host(s) on the enclosed card. Call that person and join if there is an opening, or get on their waiting list if there is no spot available at present. If we don’t deliver to your area yet, we can help you organize a group. If you host a group at your home, you receive a substantial discount.

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What Other Products Can We Get?

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Besides produce, we offer natural vitamins, juicers, water filters, natural shampoos, and more at substantial savings.

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What If It’s Too Much Food For Me?

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You can share your share with another person. We will try to help you find a share partner if you like.

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What If I Need Extra Fruit?

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Fruit Shares are available for households which need additional fruit, and are designed to complement the fruit in the regular share. If your group gets fruit shares (at least four people participating,) they cost $17. If not, you can order a single fruit share for $20.

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What If I Need Extra Produce?

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You may order bags of carrots for juicing, organic coffee, or other produce items by calling the office five days before your normal delivery day. These items are delivered with your veggies. Others in your group may want to share extra boxes of apples, oranges, potatoes or eggs (just a few examples) with you.

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What Happens If I’ll Be Away On A Delivery Day?

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You find someone to pick up for you, or, weather permitting, ask the host’s permission to pick up later. You need to find someone to buy your share if you’ll be away for a longer stint. A neighbor, relative or friend may be interested in trying the Co-op by buying your share, or you may wish to give your share as a gift. Give the name and phone number of the person picking up your share to your Co-ordinator. If necessary, we may skip a delivery if many people at one location will be away at once.

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What If I Can’t Work My Shift?

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You call other members to see who can switch with you, or pay a substitute, (friend, teenager or other member — usually $15) to do your dividing for you. Many groups with weekday pickups charge an extra $2 each time. This way, people who can do the dividing shift are credited $15 each, which they deduct from their payment for the next delivery. (They leave a check for $24* on the day they divide.)

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How Much Do I Have To Work?

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One person from a household works one hour every three months, locally, helping to divide the produce. Complete instructions are provided. We ask that you leave small children at home — they divide the food very creatively, but not necessarily fairly!

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How Do We Get Our Food?

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Every other week, after the food has been divided, you go to your local pick-up point, get your share, sign in on the sign-in sheet, and leave your check for next time.

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How Often Are Deliveries?

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Every other week.

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How Much Food Is It?

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The amount of food in each delivery varies between 15-30 pounds. An example of a delivery is on the enclosed letter. The amounts of any one item are always reasonable — one or two lettuces, 2 1/2 pounds of apples or bananas, etc.

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How Much Does It Cost?

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$50-56* per delivery, depending on where you live and if you are able to do dividing shifts or not. There are no dues or membership fees.