Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bountiful Baskets


I've started to use bountiful baskets, thanks to the tip from my friend Andi. For $15 each week I receive roughly $50 worth of produce. It is a co-op that gets as much local produce as possible throughout the year. The middle men are cut out and it is volunteer run to keep costs down. You order online on Tuesday and you have a 20 minute window to pick the food up on Saturday. You bring your own container and your "basket" is all ready to go for you to transfer into your basket. If you don't pick it up, it gets donated. Obviously at this time of year there isn't a ton of local produce available, but they tell you where it comes from. And the bananas are bought from small Mexican farmers, versus huge corporations. I was amazed at the huge amount of food I received for only $15, you can also order organic food for only $10 more ($25). You can order the food once a week. If you don't pick it up, it gets donated. You can check if they have this in your area. If they don't, there is also information on how to get it started in your neck of the woods. This has been so good for getting us to eat healthier. I always end up eating what is available, and if I have a ton of produce around, that's what I eat. This is inline with my values and it's cheap which is cool!

This is what I got this week:
:: 1 pineapple
:: 5 bananas
:: 1 head romaine lettuce
:: 1 bag of carrots
:: 1 cucumber
:: 2 avocados
:: 2 large sweet potatoes
:: 12 roma tomatoes
:: 10 oranges
:: 20 baby red potatoes
last time I think was an even better deal:

:: 1 carton of strawberries
:: 2 heads of romaine lettuce
:: bag of russet potatoes
:: 2 bags of carrots
:: 1 pineapple
:: 5 bananas
:: 3 grapefruit
:: 5 oranges
:: 1 bag of celery
:: 8 granny smith apples
:: bag of onions
:: 2 cucumbers
:: 3 green bell peppers

2 comments:

andrea said...

that's such a good initiative :)

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