Sunday, April 25, 2010

Favorite Things: Bountiful Baskets!

A few weeks ago I got hooked on this food co-op! It it is totally my new favorite thing right now. Since my diet is mostly produce based, it works great for me and my family since I spend a small fortune each week on fresh produce. So what is is exactly? Basically, it's a way to get mostly local, high quality fruits and veggies for a great price. The baskets generally have 6 fruit items & 6 vegetable items, but the kicker is you don't know what your going to get when you place your order....hence the exciting part! I swear I am like a kid on Christmas waiting until Saturday morning to see what this weeks selections were. It's an exciting process! They pick whatever is fresh and in season that week, and that's what you get! Fun huh? You place your contribution ($15 for a conventional basket or $25 for an organic basket) every Tuesday at noon - Wednesday at 10:00 pm (it varies from state to state) and then you select your pick up location for the Saturday morning pickup. Here is a picture of this weeks basket:

Contents this week where:
1 bag of red potatoes
1 bag of apples
A huge bunch of bananas
1 bag of baby carrots
6 tomatoes
1 swiss chard
1 bunch of spinach
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 bunch of celery
1 pineapple
1 cantaloupe

All that for 15 dollars! It's unbeatable. This particular co-op, Bountiful Baskets, is available in a few other states too, so you might want to check it out. If not, I highly suggest finding something similar in your area! It is a great way to get fresh (mostly local) produce for a great price. Plus it's a lot of fun : ) I mean where else can you get that much produce for 15 dollars?

Oh and you don't actually get a basket. They have each persons produce in baskets lined up at the pick up site, but you have to bring your own reusable bags, box, or laundry basket to get your stuff home.


bella1021 said...

We have done this the past 2 years-- here it is Community supported agriculture (CSA)we pick a farm and each week we get a box of the fresh, ripe fruits or veggies-- we got some pretty weird stuff but it was fun.. it didn't help that out of the 2 of us I was the veggie eater so.. we are just going to hit up the famers markets this year instead of wasting so much.. love it!!

Ann and Chris Armenta said...

I looked it up in WA but it's too far from us :( But they having something else here that I may try. And I'm hoping when I come down in three weeks I can get a basket :)