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Bountiful Baskets

I've been hearing a lot the last year or two about a concept called Bountiful Baskets.  It's a food co-op, where you go to their website to put in your order, make your purchase, and then they go with everyone's contributions to purchase produce. At a given time each week, you go to pick up your order, which is mostly produce.  The idea is that you'll pay less for your produce, get to try things you normally wouldn't (because you never know what you're going to get beforehand), and eat healthier.  My sister-in-law has been doing it for awhile and highly recommended it.

I tried it for the first time this week and early this morning I went and picked up my order. This is the result:

For the record, what you see before you is 1 seedless watermelon, 1 honeydew melon, 5 apples, 2 avocados, 3 tomatoes, 3 heads of broccoli, 1 pound of strawberries, more pounds of bananas than I know what to do with, 1 head of romaine lettuce, 1 bunch of collard greens, and 1 bunch of spinach.  Whew!

I got everything home, cleaned and trimmed the greens, the strawberries, and the broccoli, and it is all now either in the fridge or the freezer. And I must say that I am most anxious to have a humongous salad for dinner tomorrow.

I don't know how often I'll do this - it's an awful lot of food for 1 person. But maybe every few weeks or so. It will be good for the budget and for the waistline.


I have been thinking of trying this! It seems like I spend so much money on fresh produce each week s0 maybe this would be worth it for our family. :)

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