Though I've only been blog-hopping a few weeks, it has already made a positive impact on my life. It was through a blog I learned about the 'Bountiful Baskets' program.
BB is a non-profit food co-op serving the western US. At the beginning of the week, you can purchase a "basket" for $15. All the money is pooled and used to purchase fresh, in-season, preferably local produce (organic is also available for an extra charge) at wholesale prices. At the end of the week, the food is sorted by volunteers and available for pick-up. Each basket generally has 6 types of veggies and 6 types of fruit and is retail valued at $50. (I'm not sure I agree with that estimate, but I do think it is a pretty good deal).
Sometimes additional items are offered- breads, cases of fruit, special Italian blends, etc.
This was my first week participating, though, so I started with the basic basket. Here is what my $19.50 ($15 for basket, $3 new member fee, $1.50 handling fee) purchased:
6 tomatoes, 2 bunches of radishes, celery, a bunch of bananas, a head of lettuce, persimmons, 8 oranges, 6 apples, 6 red potatoes, 4 onions, 3 bell peppers, 11 tangerines, a melon, and 6 pears.