You may have heard of Bountiful Baskets food co-op before. I first learned about it last year from my good friend Dani Dooley. At that time, the closest pick up was in Lacey, WA. That was a little too far away to make it worthwhile for me. Recently, another friend started up a branch in our town. I was so excited that I signed up immediately.
It works like this: You sign up for a free account on the website: www.bountifulbaskets.org, then follow the directions to place an order for your town on Monday or Tuesday. The co-op then pools the money (about $15 per basket) to buy (mostly) local fruits and veggies, then volunteers (sometimes you) distribute them to other co-op members at a designated place and time.
I think this is a wonderful program. The savings are substantial, and we think it's exciting to see what shows up in our basket each week. Here's what we got this week:
7 large bananas
7 ears white corn
4 red bell peppers
1 head of green leaf lettuce
3# new potatoes
7 gala apples
2# red seedless grapes
7 large red plums
If I were to buy this basket of groceries at the supermarket, in season and on super sale, I would have paid approximately $25.00. The food is fresh, the savings are great, and I like the idea that there are always things in the basket that are not on my standard list. Since I refuse to let anything go to waste, I am forced to try new things and expand my family's fresh food palette.
Check the website to see if it has come to a town near you. I think you'll be glad you did!