Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bountiful Baskets

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.


Veronica Lee said...

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
Have a nice day!

BTW- I'm hosting a CSN $75 Gift Code Giveaway contest. Join in the fun!

Jenn said...

We love Bountiful Baskets here, too! :) It's the next best thing to a CSA that I am a member of. Since our CSA only has local and seasonal foods, I find myself buying things like bananas and apples on a weekly basis anyway, so BB has been a great savings for us. I have some friends that go in on the bigger items like the 30 lbs or whatever of apples, oranges, etc and split it between them. It is a great value!

Candace said...

What is CSA? It sounds like something wonderful...

Jenn said...

It is Community Shared Agriculture - you can see if your area has one (or a few)! You can search on there

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