We buy books! At this time, we buy books only on Fridays between 5pm – 8pm at the store, or by special appointment. Thank you for considering selling your books to Bedlam.
Bedlam buys the following kinds of books:
- university presses
- independent presses
- women’s studies
- gender & sexuality studies
- african-american studies
- art & design & architecture
- political theory
- memoirs & travelogues
Bedlam does not buy the following kinds of books:
- romance novels
- bookclub editions
- magazines or maps
- books that are stained, torn, smelly
- books that have bent or cracked spines, or have been water-damaged and have wavy pages
- books with underlining and/or highlighting
Organic vs. Sustainable/Ethical Produce
Juices and smoothies are only as healthy and nourishing as the ingredients you put in them. Therefore, we use only organic produce to make them. If it’s not organic, we won’t use it. However, you won’t always see the word “organic” advertised in our store. That’s because it’s very expensive for farmers to get certified by the government as “organic,” and that word can be used to talk about their produce (by them, and anyone who buys it) only if they have the government certification.
A farm can still be using organic farming methods without being “certified organic” though. So we make sure that we know who the farm is that we order from, and whether or not they’re using organic methods. If the farm is indeed practicing organic methods, we will say that the produce adheres to sustainable/ethical farming practices. To us, it doesn’t matter if they have that “organic” government-sanctioned certificate so much as the methods they’re using to grow their food. But rest assured, we will never knowingly get produce that doesn’t adhere to these principles.
We like to support local farms as much as possible. And we’re excited to have partnered with Lettuce Be Local and the Worcester Regional Food Hub to help make that happen. There are many reasons to support local farms, from obvious reasons like keeping money funneling back into your own community and supporting the local economy, to not-so-obvious reasons like helping combat climate change by reducing the amount of industrial resources it takes to transport your food. We strive to purchase local as much as possible. But sometimes it will be necessary to get our produce farther afield if we can’t find a local organic option.