Do you get your buying club goods delivered? CHECK OUT LINK for important changes!

Hi all, I’ve decided to change up how we do our delivery orders a little bit to keep things simpler for the both of us. Delivery orders will now order through their own account via the Azure Standard website, the link provides all the info. you need to set that up. You will check out your cart by the due date, and pay directly to Azure. We can still deliver your order for a small fee (suggested donation currently is @ seven percent), you can reimburse us directly for that when we drop off your order. The online ordering process is pretty streamlined and simple, and you can save ‘favorites’ and items to your cart like any retail website. The December order is due next Tuesday, the 10th by 7 pm. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have questions or run into any issues. Thanks and happy holidays to one and all!

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December 2013 ‘Sharing is Caring’ list- save $$$ through bulk purchasing @ Tricycle Farms Buying Club!



Get your orders to me by next Tuesday December 10, 7 pm! You will have to pay Tricycle Farms Buying Club directly to receive the price breaks on these items. If you don’t care about the price breaks, you can order direct through the Azure website (click here to create an online account!) Just let me know how many of each you would like, then get your cash, check, or debit/credit card info. to me by the pickup day- Thursday, December 19. Happy holidays, everyone! (Please click on the pictures for information on the items, they are linked to the Azure website). 


Fresh Organic Pineapple- $3.50 each- SAVE about $2.50 per pineapple. Fruits about 2 lbs each. Top your Christmas ham, great for a healthy side dish or snacking healthy & smoothies! Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, copper and dietary fiber. 



Organic Valley Parmesan Cheese- $3.90 per tub. 4 ounces (approx. 1 cup of cheese). Save @ $0.40 per tub compared to buying by the each at Azure, save much more compared to retail/natural food store price!



Organic Romaine Hearts- pack of 3. $3 each, save $1 per pack. Organic Romaine Hearts are an excellent source of vitamin A and folate. This leafy green is also packed with lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidents shown to promote eye health. Another antioxidant found in romaine hearts, beta-carotene, converts to vitamin A in the body. Excellent for those yummy chopped salads, Ceasar salads, etc! Gotta get your greens :).


Natural Value Organic Coconut Milk- $2.25 per can. Save $0.25 per can. I love love love this brand for canned goods, they do not use the problematic BPA in their can lining like other brands… or ‘guar gum’ like other popular brands. I just used the last can of mine on this recipe from Farmhouse Table’s most excellent food blog. It was an easy one pan dish and I loved it! Seriously, I could drink this stuff. If you like curries, this is a pantry staple. Also a great dairy/vegan substitute in your pumpkin pie or smoothies! 

NO IMAGE AVAILABLE– Rumiano pasture butter. $2.15 per lb., save about $0.20 per lb. Rumiano butter is not certified organic, but the milk comes from cows that are pasture fed year round (on the California coast) on pesticide free grass. The price is too good to pass up! The taste compared to conventional butters is much richer, and the butter has a deep yellow color, which comes from it’s high retinol (vitamin A) content. Check out this brief blog article from Empowered Sustenance on why butter is the new super food!






A few of my favorite things… ON SALE!

Hi everyone,

Thought I’d share a short list of a few of my favorite SALE items from Azure this month… it’s futile for my dutch blood to resist putting these items in my virtual shopping cart. Keeping the list (relatively) short is the hard part, really. Azure Standard, our buying club’s main distributor, already offers awe-some prices on all good for you goodies (OK, so organic ice cream doesn’t count as ‘health food’. Cry me a river, I’m eating it anyway!). Check out their website- you can create an account for ordering and storing a list of ‘favorites’ of your own, and request a free catalog if you are a new customer! Tricycle Farms Buying Club makes it easy for you to access these amazing products once a month- we DELIVER to your door!

Wishing for Whirled Peas and Lovage, Kelli

PS- ‘CLICK’ on the product images to get more info. and prices!






















I’ve got a little list of goods going that are best bought in bulk due to price breaks. Let me know if you are interested- Kel

To investigate more on the benefits of pasture-fed butter, follow the links here or here. To check out our organic cheese supplier, the Rumiano Family, check out the video link here.

Prices listed are before Azure Standards delivery fee (8.5%) and the Tricycle Farms delivery fee (7%).

QP127 Fresh Produce Broccoli, Organic – 14 x 1 bunch $25.75 PER BUNCH: $1.84 GREAT DEAL! 2 nice big crowns.

DP123 Organic Valley Pasture Butter, Salted, Cultured, Organic – 12 x 8 ozs. $42.90 PER 1/2 LB: $3.58

SN756 GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snack, Sesame, Organic – 12 x 20 ct $13.45 PER EACH: $1.12

NU057 Bulk Walnuts, Raw, Organic – 5 lbs. $51.35 PER 1/2 LB: $5.14 PER LB: $10.27

CH238 Rumiano Family Organic Mozzarella Cheese, Organic – 12 x 8 oz $43.35 PER 1/2 LB: $3.61

CH203 Rumiano Cheddar Cheese, Mild, White, Organic – 5 lbs. $5.70/lb. GREAT DEAL!

FG294 Amy’s Margherita Pizza – 8 x 13 ozs. $57.55 EACH: $7.19

BP319 Bulk Chocolate Chips, Org, 56%, Mini,SS – 5 lb $29.70 PER LB: $5.94


Buying Club goodies...

Buying Club Goodies. Just a glimpse of the yumminess; clink on pic for more! Next orders due July 21 for delivery and July 24 if you are willing to come meet the semi in Fennville with us!

NEW Azure Standards Drop Location!

NEXT TRICYCLE FARMS BUYING CLUB ORDER DUE May 26! If YOU would like to order from Tricycle Farms Buying Club but don’t want to pay the 7% delivery fee, we now have the option to set you up with direct ordering! You need to be willing to come meet the truck to pick up your order at a very specific time. Check out my blog at: for delivery dates- usually the truck comes in the evening. The location is the old Westside Party Store a mile or so east of the highway, right on M-89. The truck has a nice spot to pull in here, however this building is for sale, so if someone buys it eventually we may have to change the drop location (personally, I think it would make a great local food hub/natural foods Co-Op!). If you’d like more info. or have questions about how the whole buying club thing works, submit your question through the ‘Contact Me’ page on my blog (, Facebook PM me, or contact me via cell phone @ two.six.nine. four.five.five.

Best, Kelli

Robyn O’Brien at TEDxAustin

Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.


Tricycle Farm Buying Club Order due April 26!

Order due at Azure Standards, click here to link to our distributor! 

Save money on organic, natural food and home goods. Fresh organic produce. Bulk and single item ordering. No minimum order! Free to join. No monthly obligation. Small delivery fee for delicious healthy food! Delivery will be May 3 or May 4 (Friday night or Saturday day). Delivery to: Holland/Zeeland, Hamilton, Allegan, Fennville, Pullman, and Ganges/Glenn areas. ORDER anytime this week (through April 26) at: Tricycle Farms Buying Club’s ordering page.

Contact Kelli with any questions!

We seem now to be coming to a time when we will have to recognize the love of farming not as a quaint souvenir of an outdated past but as an economic necessity.

Wendell Berry, farmer and writer

Wendell Berry speech from 2009 regarding the necessity of agriculture. Check out the link here!

Healthy Food Supply 101: Stocking your Pantry, Refrigerator & Freezer


Goal: Open your pantry or refrigerator, and have a delicious, healthful, and convenient meal or snack available immediately or within thirty minutes… the ultimate ‘fast food’!

If you are at the beginning of your health food supply gathering, don’t let this list overwhelm you… you may not even like all these foods or eat them regularly. Try to start buying items as you need them, and keep this list handy to start planning more quick snack, lunch, and week night meals. This is just a starting point! If you want to start purchasing items in bulk in order to save money or if you are trying to incorporate more organic foods, again, start with a few items on this week’s grocery list that you know you buy and use regularly. Buy those items in bulk. Start incorporating bulk buys on a weekly or monthly basis, and soon your healthy food supply will build and you can keep replenishing your supply over time!

Dry Grains & Beans:

  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Barley
  • Lentils
  • Dry beans- a few of your favorites
  • Brown &/or white rice
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole grain pita
  • Whole grain english muffins
  • Whole grain pasta (all sizes & shapes)

Seeds & Nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin seeds/pepitas
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia
  • Pine nuts (pignoli)
  • Walnuts
  • Hazeluts
  • Macadamia nuts

Refrigerator Items:

  • Organic cow, goat, or nut/seed milk
  • 100% fruice juices
  • Flaxseed/Hemp oil
  • Fresh parmesan/romano cheese
  • String Cheese
  • Omega-3 eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Ricotta
  • Kefir
  • Tofu/Tempeh
  • Fermented/cultured vegetables
  • Dijon or grainy mustard
  • Salsa
  • Hummus
  • Avocado
  • Peanut/nut butters
  • Tahini
  • Apple butter
  • All fruit preserves
  • Coconut oil
  • Butter
  • Lemons/limes
  • Tomatoes (do NOT refrigerate- storing tomatoes below 55 degrees significantly lowers their aromatic compounds)
  • Scallions
  • Bagged baby carrots
  • Spinach and/or other baby greens
  • Other fresh produce… enough to stay fresh (zucchini, string beans, squash, broccoli, etc.)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs (one bunch at a time to keep fresh- cilantro, parsley, basil, chives)
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Horseradish
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Polenta
  • Whole grain sliced bread

Freezer Items:

  • Frozen berries, bananas, peaches, cherries
  • Ground turkey
  • Frozen fish fillets
  • Peas
  • Chicken breast or whole chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Veggie burgers
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Sorbet
  • Juice concentrates

Canned products:

  • Chick peas (garbanzos)
  • Cannellini beans
  • Black beans
  • Red Kidney beans
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Whole tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Corn kernels
  • Canned tuna &/or salmon
  • Canned re-fried beans
  • Canned pumpkin &/or sweet potato


  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion flakes
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne
  • Sea salt
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Fennel seeds
  • Bread crumbs/panko
  • Cooking wines (vermouth, sherry, red)
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Vegetable and chicken broth
  • Soy sauce/tamari
  • Peppercorns/pepper mill

Root Vegetables, Flavor Enhancers:

  • Potatoes (baking, red, yukon gold, purple, sweet, yams)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Onions (yellow & red)
  • Shallots
  • Fresh ginger root

Baking Goods:

  • Whole grain flours, favorite variety
  • Yeast
  • Gluten (if you make your own bread)
  • Cornmeal
  • Oats or your favorite rolled grain
  • Unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • Brown sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Turbinado
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pure orange extract
  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Snack Items:

Fresh/dry fruit variety (to name a few) :

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Mangos
  • Pineapples
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Kiwis
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain pretzels
  • Whole grain tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Popcorn
  • Rice cakes
  • Kale chips
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Granola bars

Breakfast items:

  • Variety of whole grain dried cereals
  • Muesli
  • Granola
  • Steel cut oats
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain pancake mix
  • Maple syrup
  • Raw honey

Oils & Vinegars:

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed/hemp oil (must be refrigerated)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

What did I miss? Comment below!