We strive for maximum benefit for customers and farmers, minimum packaging and waste, and great food for living.
We value long term relationships with customers and vendors, meeting needs with reliability, care and pride.
We practice principles of ecological and social justice in the operation of our business.
Like the Hummingbird, we seek to sip the nectar of the earth without harming the flower. We are happy to serve you!
Local Focus: Deliveries are made by bicycle, both our own and contracted with Pedalers Express, to Eugene area stores.
We buy products locally when available. We purchase as close to the source as possible, preferring to deal directly with the farmer.
We are located close to our customers to allow efficient delivery in town.
We are active in promoting community and in supporting other small businesses.
We use recycled paper half-sheet invoices (saves a ream of paper per year), and our copy is on reused paper.
Envelopes are reused (as you know if you have received one!).
Bulk liquids are delivered in reusable food grade containers with a deposit for return and we have a 90% return rate, saving 4800 containers each year from the landfill (approximately 9600 lbs. of plastic), since the recycling of this type of plastic is low in our area.
We collect, wash and reuse food-grade buckets from other food distributors. All of our glass jars and jugs are obtained used, and many of our plastic containers as well.
We have a zero waste policy and currently need only one household size trash can every two months to contain all our land-filled waste from the warehouse.
We have been in business for 35 years and many of our suppliers have been selling to us for more than 15 years.
We believe that healthy relationships and good communication are a priority for a healthy environment. We are in this for the long term.
We accumulate waste oil from returns to make into biodiesel.
We meet 100% of our electrical load with EWEB Green Power.