FAQs

What can I buy?

How do I order?

TBC has a web-based ordering system.

How much does it cost?

  • TBC purchases goods at wholesale prices.
  • TBC members pay a 5% “bump” on their orders: 5% for working members.
  • North Carolina sales tax is collected.
  • New member fee: $60
  • The co-op collects annual dues every January to cover fixed expenses, like rent. $35 is collected from each member annually (12 months from date of joining).
  • If you own a business, ask us about wholesale memberships as there is a different pricing structure.

Will I save money buying from TBC?

It depends! If you usually buy groceries from stores specializing in whole, organic or sustainable sources, you might save quite a bit: some products available through TBC are considerably cheaper. Other products may be only slightly less or similarly priced. Either way, as a member, you have a chance to purchase many items in bulk, leading to significant savings.

What do I have to do as a working member?

  • Work means exactly that: doing a job every month that takes about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Your application will help us determine what job and which shift we will offer you.
  • If you accept a working membership, you must work your assigned job even if you don’t place an order that month.
  • New members must work three ‘training shifts’ before receiving a permanent job placement, and we work with members when life changes happen that require a change in job assignment.
  • Don’t worry, we have lots of different jobs, and we’ll train you. We’ll work with you to find the right fit.

How do I get my food?

Regular monthly delivery of all products takes place every four weeks (13 times a year). You can pick up your order on a Thursday between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Sorry, but we cannot guarantee that your co-op job hours will coincide with order pick-up time.

What are other reasons to join?

  • Meet interesting people and have fun working together
  • Reduce your trips to grocery stores
  • Use less packaging
  • Support local and organic farmers and businesses
  • Fresh food tastes great!