WHAT IS A CRUST FUND?
A Crust Fund, or Breadshare, is essentially the same model as a "CSA", or, in this case a "CSB"--a Community Supported Bakery.
HOW IT WORKS
You put money on account, and you specify in advance the number of loaves you would like, and the place you would like to pick them up. You don't have to do this every week; you can just set it and forget it. If you sign up for, say, one loaf every Friday at Ithaca Made, we'll bake it for you every Friday. We'll start your loaf on Wednesday, and we'll bake it Friday. Then we'll bring it to Ithaca Made for you to pick up. To be more precise, it's not that we bake that specific loaf for you. We bake you a loaf, which you pick from all the loaves remaining at the table when you get there. We come with LOTS of bread of many types, so early birds get lots of choice. Late comers not so much. But we always try to have plenty of everything, and we are always ready to work with you to make things easier if we can.
But what if you have to go away?
Let's say, you are invited to be the Republican VP? You will surely want to take some time to think about a proposition like that, and you might not want to spend your time picking up your bread. We have thought of this! Here's what you can do: when you set up your Crust Fund, you set up your own account page. On that page is a "delivery hold" calendar, and using that you can simply put your bread on hold. We won't bake it. You won't get it. And you won't be charged for it. Simple!
Once we've started making your bread, the window for change closes, and you can't put your bread on hold. That window closes THREE DAYS before the bake. Why three days? Because it takes that long to bake your bread!
Finally, it is first-come, first-served. We bake MANY kinds of bread, and we try to have bread from every corner of the bread universe available for you on your pickup day. But we don't hold particular varieties, and we don't guarantee to bake particular varieties. It's first-come, first-served. That said!... tell us what you like, what you'd like to try, what cool bread you've heard about.. we want to know. We are always interested in baking for you the bread you love. And we want to share with you the bread we love.
WIDE AWAKE BAKERY TERMS:
You can sign up for a Crust Fund at any time, and YES, we do still have room for new members.
But wait, there’s more. When you become a member, you get your weekly bread for $5.50 a loaf, which is $1.00 off the retail price of $6.50. AND, if you want additional loaves, you can buy them at the member price of $5.50 (this is assuming that there are extra loaves to be had). AND if you see us at the Farmer's Market, where we sell full-size loaves for $6.50, you can buy them for $5.50.
Here’s the one caveat: IF YOU DON’T COME GET YOUR BREAD, THE BREAD IS GONE!
You can choose to pick up as many loaves as you'd like either weekly or biweekly. Our standard pick-up days are Tuesdays and Fridays. So, you will be choosing Tuesday OR Friday as well as a convenient pick-up location for you.
Our current pick-up locations include:
Good-To-Go, Trumansburg, NY. 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Ithaca Made at the Dewitt Mall, Ithaca, NY. 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
LonaCakes, Community Corners, Ithaca NY. 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Seneca Sunrise Coffee, Watkins Glen, NY. 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Ithaca Made at the Dewitt Mall, Ithaca, NY 4:15 - 6:30pm.
Out of town? Let us know in advance! Login to your account and select the ‘delivery hold’ tab. You can set the dates that you are unable to pick up your share and we will credit your account towards future bread.
**Note that once we’ve started preparing the bread, it’s too late to hold your delivery. So, you’ll need to make your changes THREE DAYS in advance of pickup. If you can’t make it in time, have a friend pick it up for you, or ask that we give your loaf to someone else. We’re very happy to work with you to make this as convenient for you as possible.
Our system is now credit based. You don't purchase "weeks" or "seasons." Instead, you simply put money on your account. As long as you're getting bread, we're deducting from the account. Whenever you're on hold, we don't bake for you, and your account sits untouched. It’s simple. You have money in your account, and when it runs low we will send an email to remind you that it’s time to update it. You can pay on-line with Paypal, Echeck, or Credit Card. You can also pay by check or cash when you see us, or drop the funds in the mail.
If you want to pay with a check, please make your check out to WIDE AWAKE BAKERY.