Are you part of a buying group?
Buying groups, or consumer collectives, are simply a group of people who come together to purchase food as a collective, enabling them to buy items at wholesale prices. By coming together, individuals are able to purchase their food staples in bulk, thereby saving money as well as minimizing packaging.
Atlantic Canada is home to a wide variety of bulk food suppliers making buying groups an excellent way to eat locally. Possible purchases include freezer meat, flour and other grains, dried beans and more.
A buying group may be made up of neighbours, friends, co-workers or teammates. It may be small and self-organized or it may be large and formalized. Orders may be placed weekly, monthly or even every few months depending on the size of the collective and the needs of its members.
We’re interested in hearing about your experiences with buying groups. Who do you buy from? How many people are in your group? What types of things do you buy?