Blue Planet is Peaceworks’ non-profit, natural foods, pre-order buying service. It provides access to a wide range of natural and organic foods, including bulk staples and prepared foods, as well as frozen and refrigerated items. BP also offers access to a very wide range of herbs, supplements and health and beauty products.
Buyers pay only pennies on the dollar above wholesale.
Anyone can order. There is no membership fee or obligation to buy with Blue Planet on an ongoing basis. Volunteering is an option, but is not required.
Special Offer: For anyone who is new to Blue Planet or has been away from ordering for an extended period, we are giving an added inducement to order with us. If you’ve not ordered in at least nine months, or if you’ve never ordered, you can place one order with zero markup over invoice. Please note that this is a one-time offer.
Our Sources: We order every two weeks from United Natural Foods (UNFI) Iowa City Warehouse. We also place once monthly orders with Frontier Natural Products Co-operative and with Select Nutrition.
Frontier & Select Nutrition Orders: Frontier offers a wide variety of herbs, teas, coffees, herbal extracts, body products and kitchen wares. Select Nutrition offers a very comprehensive mix of supplements. The order-by deadlines for both of these are the 25th of each month. We will call you when the order arrives. Catalogs are available for use at the Peace Nook, but extra copies are not available.
UNFI Orders: These arrive every two weeks, on alternate Fridays. They are due to be placed by the end of the day on the prior Saturday. Orders are to be pre-paid, although this requirement can be waived for established members whose accounts are in good order. Orders with prepayment are generally placed by dropping the order off at or mailing it to the Peace Nook. Established members, however, can place their orders by e-mail. Our address is firstname.lastname@example.org, but please use this only if you are an established member in good standing.
UNFI Order Schedule: Place your orders by one of the following Saturdays:--> 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18,
These orders will then arrive on the next Thursday:
UNFI Catalogs: There is an Annual UNFI Catalog with all products listed, and a new Monthly Specials Catalog, listing sale items, that comes out each month. These are available to be purchased at cost ($1.75 each for the full Annual Catalog & 75 cents each for the Monthly Specials) at the Peace Nook. One can also use a desk copy at the Nook. At your request, we can add you to the list to receive a PDF of the catalog each month by e-mail. Or you can download a PDF from this website. Important note: It is essential that you get a brief orientation to this catalog before using it. Not all products in this catalog are available from our warehouse and the prices in this catalog are actually more expensive than what we pay UNFI. Please visit with us at the Peace Nook or call us at 573-875-0539 to get the low down.
Note: The link above is for the 2016-2017 catalog. Please use this updated version rather than the outdated 2015-2016 hardcopy some of you likely have. Both prices and available products should be much more accurate. Many thanks.
UNFI Pick-up Times: Our delivery day is now every other Thursday. We have a volunteer here for pick-ups from 5-7 p.m. and appreciate it if members can pick up their orders during these hours. If this is not feasible, we request that you call us at 573-875-0539 before coming in, to make sure that the time that you wish to come works for us..
Blue Planet Markups and Payment: We charge non-volunteers 15% above actual wholesale. Those who help two hours on an order are charged 8% above wholesale. Core volunteers who commit to working three hours per month for at least four consecutive months are charged 5% above wholesale. Note that the actual wholesale on UNFI orders is less than the prices in the buying club catalogs indicates. Because we operate a retail store, we get lower prices than buying clubs, and we pass these savings on to our members. We can take payment in checks (preferred) or cash, but not with credit or debit cards.
All net proceeds from Blue Planet support Peaceworks’ educational work.