About Boquete’s Bulk Organics Buying Club
Panama has an established system of co-ops that we do not fit into, but Buying Clubs are less known and less defined. Bulk Organics Buying Club is here to make Organic foods as available as possible for any and all who want them. Health is food based. There is no point in following a diet to improve health, if you’re eating a poisoned version of a recommended food. So, in the age old tradition of conscientious consumers, we’ve started a BUYING CLUB! We help ourselves get what we need and want, we minimize our environmental footprint, what we pay in corporate profits, and we can help our community grow into the future needs of its residents.
The purpose of our group is to collectively acquire organic dry goods at the most reasonable prices possible, and with the smallest carbon footprint. A lifetime membership in BOBC is only $10. Membership is necessary to cement our status as a club, distinguishing us from retail stores.
All members contribute to the list of what we want made available here. Some purchase full containers, but most leave part of what they order to share with others. If we want rye flour, we will get a bag knowing you want only 5# of it, but also that many of us use rye flour sporadically, if not regularly. The excess is stored in our Distribution Center and used by other members until it is gone and reordered. Through this process we have acquired an impressive inventory, available for purchase by any member at any time we’re open.
If you do not find what you are looking for, please look at our major supplier website to find it and then let us know if you do and we can potentially order it!
Because we order in the largest reasonable quantities, the part you purchase has to be put into containers you provide. Bring your empties, fill them here and avoid hauling packaging materials home, only to throw them away when you put your food into the empty container.
Who: About Jane Moodie
About 50 years ago, in Boise, Idaho, I helped start a co-op. I brought the raw milk from a local dairy, to a closet-sized room where we packed orders. It was a first for both Boise and me. At the time the intent was to get high quality food, as local as possible, at best prices. A few years later, at the co-op in Corvallis, OR, I was provided the option of Organic for the first time. There was a growing awareness, even then, that unnecessary and bad things were being done to our food. Thirty years ago, Roundup was approved for agricultural use and so were many other chemicals for use in food, farming, and industry. We were told repeatedly, about each chemical in it’s turn, that the amount used was insignificant and completely harmless. Since then, the growing rate of many diseases has mirrored the amount of glyphosate put in fields, strange and resistant new diseases have developed, and humans have had to alter their diets to accommodate the new weaknesses in their bodies.