The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 113
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 113

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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jPglgjeachPost-Timest Sunday. DeoemhPr 12 iQ7fi ' -. A :V 15ZACT Nancy May weighs small pumpkins at the Hogtown Granary Co-op in Gainesville. Active members are charged cost plus 15 per cent, while inactive members (those who do not contribute their work time) are charged cost plus 25 per cent. Nonmembers pay cost plus 40 per cent. a - ..111,:; I; If I I Lc Jediterrapeai Come To Where The Living Is Good Photo by Bryan Griqioy And The Price k Rinht Co-Ops From FT 4 Attractive patio homes, private owner handsomely appointed, high quality J I X construction, abundant closets & storagi full array oj kitchen appliances. I .A., 1 .11. A. and conventional financing. No down payment. Low closing costs. One bedroom home $16,990 Two bedroom home $20,600 h 'dels open seven days ( from I Da. in. to fip.m. Phone 1305) V6-4-lj"J From Military Trail drive west 114 miles on Lake Worth Road to 57th Ave. v r 1 M Sfc. 1 I iiial Housinj! Opportunity 0i f V available to supply several hours of labor per month. ' The entire operation is run by a 15-member board of directors and is doing so well the "Beggars" are considering buying land for a permanent storage and distribution center. All food cooperatives seem to fulfill their stated goals: members enjoy food that is generally better in quality than the average and usually at lower prices than they would pay in regular retail outlets. Though the smaller co-ops that operate out of members' homes or rented basements do avoid high overhead costs and the expense of maintaining inventories, the large co-ops may balance that off by being able to purchase in much larger quantities. t The Store, for instance, would pay a smaller service charge at Mid Eastern if its orders were larger, one of the factors that recently caused it to merge with a health food co-op. Large cooperatives also offer their members additional services like credit unions, discount arrangements with appliance merchants and consumer education Small co-op buying tends to be. more selective and generally restricted to meet actual needs If that idea ever catches on with the general buying public, American retail and wholesale business will be hit by a genuine revolution. Stember is a free-lance writer and historian. NEXT: Nursery and Day Care Centers bers. During the "persian market" portion of a general meeting, members "bargain" with each other to divide case lots of items not on the regular list. A Purchasing Committee collates and places the order, a Trucking Committee rents a truck to pick it up and deliver it to a central distribution point and a Store Committee bags and distributes it to members who pick up according to a pre arranged schedule. Whatever inventory accumulates is periodically sold off to members who save from 12 to 17 per cent on their monthly shopping bills. The Beggars Banquet, headquartered near Woodstock, N.Y., has 300 member families scattered through the mid-New York State area. Members range in age from college kids to senior citizens and include young singles, young marrieds and couples with children of all ages. Most of the members are in the lower and middle income brackets. Once a month, each member family fills out an order sheet and hands it in to a purchasing committee for collection. A truck then is driven down to the Hunt's Point Markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The "Beggars" also go to a New Jersey importer for cheese wheels that are cut up and divided; dried fruits, nuts, seeds and granola from a large distributor near Rochester; eggs, apple cider and maple syrup from local farmers; bread and bagels from local bakeries, and fresh fish at a Kingston market. Members pay a 10 per cent surcharge to cover expenses but only if they place an order. At least one member from each familv must be Still another way of cooperative buying is the direct charge method, which emigrated to this country from Canada. The Store, a 25-mem-ber, 3-year-old food cooperative in a northern suburb of New York, has its members buy shares according to the estimated amount of buying they expect to do through the co-op. Some direct charge co-ops charge members a nominal entrance fee as well. The Store members may purchase up to 90 per cent of the value of their shares. Shares are refunded when members drop out and can be reduced if orders are reduced. These shares give the organization the cash reserve it needs to cover its purchases and expenses. Members ot The Store pay for part of their orders when they submit them and the remainder after they pick them up, plus a surcharge of 7 per cent to cover truck rental and insurance, rent for their distribution center and the approximately U.5 per cent they are charged for services at the cooperative wholesaler where they do their buying. In addition, each member family contributes up to 4 hours of labor a month. This can include serving on the Executive and Purchasing committees. the Store buys nonpenshable grocery staples, paper products and soaps and detergents at Mid Kastern Cooperatives Inc., a cooperative wholesaler that handles an annual volume of S25 million servicing 'Ah member cooperatives from New Hampshire to Virginia as well as several dozen smaller organizations like The Store. A standard order form lists items commonly bought by most mem V ikS wmmMmmmmmwmmmm O mm? Ms. Mrs. Veinme HDavas JP'- l--iiJ I: If 'Jr7l1 ' 4 l. ii"t , ,., tA- '' 4 Vi 1 :AvXav4 '''PTi'x1-.: f ?MmMmh - 'lift ; W-. ' M i yh'i&VwfP'l jir y4" mii1 The Davis' have parted with several of their walking staff Their tawnmover, rake and snowshove! And the other things that took so much time out of their weekends So, the Davis' moved into Gemini Club. Now, on weekends, they can souk up the sun by the pool Relax in the Sauna or shape up a little in the health club Maybe join some other buffs at the tennis courts. There's even a park for picnics, or gardens to enjoy if it's not raining. Billiards, cards and social rooms if it is. Thev can sit back and relax in their custom decorated home and enjoy the luxury of custom quality built into each apartment. Extreme care was taken in the designing of every apartment to achieve maximum space and privacy without a feeling of confinement. And to provide spectacular views of the Intracoastal. Lake Worth, the Atlantic or the lush green of the North Palm Beach Country Club The Davis' are free to enjoy all this Because tiey can use their leisure time diWig what they like Instead of spending their time repairing the house or worrying about the plumbing. Best of all. they don't have to do yardwork. Now, the Davis' couldn't ask for less mower titan that, could they0 Apartments of two and three bedrooms-all with sundecks and outside view -custom fixtures or furnishings of your choice total secunty. The best home value in Florida with prices starting at $37,900.00. NO CLOSING COSTS NO LAND LEASE NO RECREATION LEASE. i mmwh wit We're open. The ncniini LtNDER Tiara, tin- tallest oi eanltont condominium in Florida, is now open alter three eai s l meticulous const ruction. We invite our friends ami neitdihois in I'alin Heach to preview our furnished models helore our ( uand ( tpeninu next month. Prices Iioiii 001) lo s 1)0,0(10. ;000 North ( ean I )i ie, Sinner Island. Telephone S 42-7020 Otifo North Pdlm Beach; U.S. 1 at the Intracoastal. Come out to see us or tall our sales office at 626-3853. Home Feoerc 'et in' hi ill I .'si, ,,ri; V'.-ffic -.vNf r.ifnti ei.;'i! it'n's with Marshall Fit :i m ( 7n ui. Si tr he is Iiimm.j . urn ni-i, i ,ii n i n I'll- 1 1 . ' it s K niii v. f ijt i nls nniiiuii; lun; .-, .':.' Ue.-. I'tvn u i uKiiuj in the s; -rf h'i (. rm-nfi hir i M' . n r. h i . mi hdiu's us IVim hi. SI, ( itcifi h Vu (or un( fp,insu u (v .'h' ncicnrV setecs us li. lii'n.ii s(Ml;r, - ir.sisiiini 1. 1 iic i'm'. iilirc Ji'i'i d H 1 1 fn' '( V'eriit' uiii'f sit' like ji 'if. sm 'inn mi hj d-nns un in 1. 1 iin) In -y iisi ii i ii i it 1 1 inu'clum I hi' I 'tins aVc kci luil ( it'nmii t lul In il ih I !'i' tin' In mu lu'i. in M i !i I ! n u d m i r m i- hi mic ti i :r. .Id, nl . . 4

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