I can't believe I bumped along buying retail for so long. I finally took the plunge and bought wholesale from Organically Grown Company in Clackamas outside of Portland, Oregon. They are a wonderful wholesaler- they really are! You don't have to be a licensed reseller or business or anything to be able to buy from them. I filled out a very simple application to set up an account with them, which included my debit card information and named my buyers club Kindred Coop, which is just me!
There is a minimum of $150. I thought that would be prohibitive, but surprisingly worked out just fine. I don't own a car, so for twenty bucks I rented a zip car to go pick up the produce; nice option, huh?
Oh, one big thing that really helped me with this enterprise was that I went out and got my very own fridge, love it! I'm a paid roommate with a developmentally-disabled lady and shared a fridge with her and my co-workers, so getting my own full-sized fridge really opened up a lot of room for me. Two hundred bucks second hand but well worth it.
So for the first order I got ( I had so much FUN figuring out what to buy!):
* 12 pints of figs
*38 lb. bananas
* 88 count of valencia oranges
* 18 lb. concord grapes
* 9 large mangoes
* 6 romaine
* 6 celery
* 4 lb. spinach
All of that for $160! I was very apprehensive that I would end up wasting a lot of it, but I haven't hardly at all. I'm committed to being 100% for the month of October, but this last month was a little sloppy, but now I feel much more comfortable that I have the resources to really delve into this lifestyle. At this point I'm still eating oranges, grapes and bananas and bought some fresh leafy greens at retail at the tail end of this run, so I feel like my planning went reasonably well. I had to freeze quite a bit of the bananas but I'm okay with that.
I hope this helps someone else to take the plunge into buying wholesale. I'd love to hear feedback from other people what their experiences have been like concerning this. I make very little money as a caregiver for the elderly and now have a happy feeling that I can tackle the 811 diet. Also, this kinda forces me to do more mono-eating and simple eating, which has been fantastic.
My next pick-up is on Monday. I'd like to experiment with getting more greens in my diet. So far it's been spinach with bananas and then an evening salad. I can't wait for persimmons to become available! :)
Excellent! You're on the move! I don't have a wholesale contact.... yet! ;) I made some first moves last spring and didn't get any contacts back, maybe I'll start beating the bushes again.
Started my October challenge with a delicious smoothie. My wife had a sip and said she'd like to start the days with smoothies too, yay! :)