Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fresh produce! What I got from Bountiful Baskets last weekend!

It's been a few weeks since I contributed for a produce basket from Bountiful Baskets, my local produce co-op where I've been contributing & volunteering since last April. When I first discovered this treasure trove of wonderful produce, I was contributing for a basket almost every week. But now I've slowed down to about once every 3 weeks, unless I see something that I just can't resist!

The way that this co-op works is that their website opens for contributions on Mondays & closes on Tuesday night. Then you pick up your produce at your local site at the end of the week. My site has pick-ups on Saturday mornings. You only contribute when you want to, there is no contract.

So here is what I picked up last Saturday morning!

This is my regular basket: Romaine lettuce, cauliflower, bell pepper, 16 mini-Heirloom tomatoes, 4 purple onions, 3 yellow squash, 2 beets w/greens, 2 celery, 9 apples, 3 mangoes, 4 oranges & a cantaloupe. The regular basket is usually 1/2 fruits & 1/2 veggies, but you won't know what is in the basket until you arrive for pick-up. I love surprises!

Easter Hostess Pack (add-on item): Pineapple, asparagus, 5 pounds of potatoes, celery, 4 carrots, yellow onion, garlic, 2 bunches radishes, 15 mini-Heirloom tomatoes, fresh Rosemary.

Tropical Pack (add-on item): Pineapple, coconut, plantain, starfruit, 4 oranges, 2 mangoes, 2 vanilla beans, fresh mint.

I got all of this for only $42.75 (which includes $3.50 which is added to each order to contribute to the fuel cost for the trucks). And I'm excited about getting to try a few new things. We tasted a Starfruit for the first time. And we are going to open the coconut for the milk & then have freshly grated coconut for yummy desserts. I am also making my own Vanilla Extract for the first time!

Since finding Bountiful Baskets, we have been eating & enjoying more fresh fruits & veggies than we did before. And trying new things is something that we look forward to as well.

Go here to see if there is a site in your area & read the FAQs for a full explanation of what it's all about.

You can also check out their Facebook page for more info & great information.

Until next time....