For several years now, my friends have been telling me about a food co-op called Bountiful Baskets. Okay, so it was more like them singing their praises and urging me to join too. The only caveat? There is so much food, my little family of 3 may not be able to eat it all.
So I finally did. And this is what I got on Saturday:
2 bunches of celery, a head of Romaine lettuce, broccoli, green beans, 7 sweet potatoes, 3 tomatoes, a package of champagne grapes, a bunch of bananas, 3 Valencia oranges, 2 mangoes, 7 peaches, and a lot of small plums. In the back you see the 5 loaves of 9 grain bread I added to my order. So much good food!
And all of it for only....
The produce basket is $15. The bread was an optional add-on, and was $10. All orders have a $1.50 processing fee. And for new people, the FIRST time you order, you will also add a $3.00 new member fee.
The real deal is this: It is a lot of produce for the money. I personally have had some quality issues with some of the fruit being spoiled, but it is generally not much. The produce is generally ripe and ready to eat when you get it, so you will need to be able to use it or store it within the week you get it, and you don't get to select what you will receive. Also, remember that this is a co-op, so everyone working is a volunteer. You also have to make your purchase online, and there is a deadline to do so -- generally it's no later than Wednesday, and pick up is on Saturday. There is a 20 min. window to pick up your order, and if you miss it, your food will be donated to a charitable organization, with no refunds or exchanges available for any reason.
Bottom line is that this is a good deal on produce if you can use it up within the week, especially if you don't have a Farmer's Market nearby. You may have some quality issues, but, since I'm the only person I know that's actually found any rotten fruit, the odds are that it will be okay. So, I do recommend it, but it's not for everyone, and I won't be participating anymore. And since it's available in 8 states, there may be one near you. If not, and you wanted to participate, you could always check into bringing it to your area.