Monday, January 26, 2009

Nature's Choice for the New Year

My good friends Bill & Laura Cole just sent me an e-mail over the weekend detailing their plans to make the offerings from their company, Nature's Choices, more readily available to us common folks. No longer will we have to play the waiting game to find out which farmers' market Bill will be at hocking his amazing selection of handpicked mushrooms, fiddleheads, huckleberries, and other wild foods. Looks like they'll also be regularly offering a fair portion of their selection of dried foods as well as eggs from their expanded chicken flock too. I did not attach the .pdf copy of their product list to this post, but I bet you can easily get a copy by dropping Laura an e-mail or ringing her up on the tele. Read on to get the full details on what's in store for Nature's Choice customers this year.

Bill Cole (the mushroom guy) and his new wife Laura here. Greetings to all our mushroom friends and locavores.

We hope that you are off to a healthy and happy New Year in spite of the many difficulties facing us all these days. We know that times are tough for many folks and we send our best wishes to all in need.

This email is to let you know what our plans are for Nature’s Choice this year, and to offer you several ways to find us and to bring home your favorite mushrooms, berries and other wild-crafted goodies throughout the year ahead.

#1 Starting this coming week, we are offering a weekly product pickup at our home. Since we do not always know if, when (or which) farmers market we may be at, many customers often call us for alternative arrangements. Having an organized effort seemed like a natural step. The plan is to send out a product list every Sunday or Monday, with the products we have for that week highlighted, and then to accept preorders that can be sent to us by email, fax or a phone call. We are requesting that all preorders be sent over by Wednesday noon to ensure delivery. The pickup time will be on Thursdays from 6:15-7:00pm. We have a very convenient location from just about anywhere, at I-205 between Mill Plain and Highway 14. Even if you have not preordered, everyone is welcome to stop by and purchase on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. We will often have wonderful items available from some of our farm friends as well. Such as raw, unfiltered honey, artisan cheeses and organic produce.

#2 Also in the works is a special CSA supplemental package of strictly wild-crafted edibles that will serve as a wonderful compliment to seasonal CSA produce and dairy packages offered by several of our hardworking local farmers. The cost is expected to be just under $20.00 per week and we will offer membership flexibility and a payment plan. A brochure on this will be available in the next few days.

#3 And finally, we are working on setting up a website and blog, so you can keep up with what’s going on in our world and the many wonderful wild foods available in the Pacific Northwest. We will also be offering some fun new products through that avenue such as t-shirts, recipe books, wild-crafted teas, dried mushrooms, jams, seasonings and gift packs that do not have strict freshness issues.

We are attaching a PDF file with our first ‘organized’ product list to get the weekly delivery system in place. If there are any goodies that you would like to request, please give us a call or drop an email by this coming Wednesday, Jan. 28th by noon or so, and then we will confirm your order and give you directions to our place for the Thursday pickup. (The fax will be installed by next week for that option as well.) We will also have some treats & a small food gift on hand for all who visit us in the first couple weeks.

If you would like to be removed from our email & mailing list, please just let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully to visiting with some of you on Thursdays.

Bill & Laura

Laura Cole
Nature's Choice
(360) 852-7851 Phone
(360) 852-8835 Fax
laura at natureswildharvest dot com

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Thanks so much for the "blog nod" Glenn! We received emails from a couple folks wanting to be on our mailing list and I wasn't sure where they were coming from. Saweet!
    Wonderful to see the call to action for DCF also. We did a little somethin' from our side. Bill & Laura :D