Every week, dozens of trucks packed with organic fruits, vegetables and other goods are bypassing South Florida’s big box supermarkets, community grocery stores and farmers markets.
Rather than dropping off their loads at the typical commercial locales, these haulers are heading down residential streets to homes, colleges and even places of worship where shoppers have established a relatively unknown niche in the food chain: the buying club.
By pooling their money and appetites, club members are strengthening their buying power and cutting out the middle man. Some buying clubs have a membership or start-up fee. Others do not.
“It’s convenient. It’s less expensive. It’s healthier,” said Julie Garcia-Diaz, a member of Annie’s Organic Buying Club, one of the larger buying clubs in South Florida.
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