WHY A CLUB?
Because of the crazy “laws” in this country, we need to form a membership only club in order to exercise our God
given right to conduct business with one another. The money for the most part will be applied to purchasing legal services
to protect us from the government (the people that are supposed to be protecting our rights, but don’t) and to pay for web hosting and ecommerce fees.
Think of this as yet another hidden tax from a government that already taxes you at 50% or more.
The renewal date for memberships will be January 1st of every year. Those purchasing an initial membership after July 1st, will get the months left in the current year plus the next full year for their membership price.
Family memberships tentatively will be $49 per year and $24 a year for single people and those in financial need.
Please consider purchasing a membership early when they are offered as without the funds we will not get off of the ground.
Consider it a gift of love for your fellow man, if we don’t have a wide breadth of goods when we first get going.
Selling online has substantial time and money investments and the club will markup any ware that it handles (online or not) to cover costs,and salaries. I have looked at John Moody’s food co-op book to give me ideas. If you want get in on the planning, I suggest that you take a look at it also. It is linked in the “resources”post on this site.
WHAT FORM WILL WORK IN THE STARTUP PHASE?
How about a weekly, PRIVATE farmers market? Where one can order in advance, online. The “farmers” could even drop off their orders the day before and not be hassled with an actual farmers market and the time involvement. Perhaps the club could take things on consignment for the farmers that want to just drop things off and go. I am thinking of a one time yearly fee for selling at the farmers market, on top of the club membership. Something in the order of $200 a year, but remember that the club takes no cut on this type of sale. Unlike commissioned farmers market sales or the online sales. Alternately we could charge a small setup fee for each vendor, and or charge a small transaction fee based on sales.
This market will also be for any member that has a hobby such as making kombucha, kimchi, kefir, cheese, even non food items, to sell, barter, orgive away. I want to encourage lots of small artisan food producers to participate. Any member will be able to participate as a consumer of any of the wares offered, they may sell exclusively online, the may sell exclusively in farmers market style, the can sell at the farmers market on consignment, or they can sell to anyone anywhere. I am 110% free market folks, unlike ANY of the farmers markets in the Springfield area.
LONGER VIEW PICTURE OF THE FOOD MINISTRY
Long term I envision dozens of artisan food producers & small farmers, to be producing such an abundance of local healthy foods, to such a degree that one could completely eschew the the eugenics distribution sites that are euphemistically called grocery stores. Most will be selling online, and will deliver sold goods every week to our distribution point. At this central location members will be able to participate in a weekly, year round, members only farmers market. Members will be able to sell food products that they produced, or other food products and goods obtained elsewhere, just as long as their is full disclosure that they were not produced by the seller. People could for instance re-sell cheeses obtained at Shetler’s discount grocery.
People that do not want to stick around for the Farmers Market can sell though the club on consignment.
We will be free to offer a restaurant type venue, that may be only once a month for pre-sold dinners, or may be open several days a week for drop in business. Things such as say wines for the dinners may be produced and provided for these member only dinners. Members may be able to organize and sell their own restaurant style meals by renting the facilities for a day.
Finally I envision a s small store on the premises where, in addition to online sales, & the farmers market , club members will be able to stop by and do some shopping on an impromptu basis.
To make things easy on everyone, I am going to suggest that members be encouraged to deposit working funds into a credit account with the club. Perhaps your estimated monthly purchases would be a good amount to begin with. (not sure how well this would integrate with online sales) That way we can afford the time and money hassle involved with taking credit cards, which by the way if you are Christian is immoral (it’s unarguably stealing (we can discuss this further in the comments below if you are interested) but don’t expect your pastor to be bright enough to see this fact, as I have not met one yet that does.
The only other method of payment will be exact amounts of cash. When using cash do not expect change, if you are over the amount of the purchase, the extra will go into your club credits, that can be used for future purchases.
This may be too much trouble but I would very much like to be able to accept food stamps. Also encourage vendors to offer special incentives to people using food stamps (and as a Christian I do understand that FS are stealing – and that again is another discussion)
Also rather than having vendors being responsible for making sure that everyone there has a current membership, and taking money, I would like to have a system where people spend their credits, and if they do not have enough, that they centrally purchase them as they enter the farmers market.
I think that for the time being that this is more than enough detail…
Thanks for hanging in there this long.
Joe Tittiger – Seymour MO