Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op.

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op


I was told about this great program, where every two weeks you can fill up a basket with wonderful fruits and vegetables. Not only that, but breads, oils and bulk fruits or vegetables are also available. So with website in hand, I decided to check it out for myself.

Bountiful Baskets is a cooperative run by volunteers, so no salaries to boost up the prices on the goods you buy. Items are bought at discounted prices, but they're high quality, not seconds or cast offs. I go to the Monticello, Utah distribution point every two weeks; some places have it every week, so you need to check your state and area when participating.

Still wondering if this is right for you and your family? Lets take a look at the above photo of what I just picked up on Saturday, May 12th. Bag of grapefruit, container of black raspberries, avocados, large apricots, spinach, 4 bags of carrots, mangoes, honeydew melon, apples, tomatoes, bananas (green and ungassed, so they turn yellow naturally and don't brown quickly). That was just the usual basket of 50% fruit, 50% vegetable. Then I purchased the additional Italian Veggie Pack which contained onions, garlic, fresh herbs, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, lemons and eggplant. Let me tell you, I kicked myself all day for not ordering two of that Italian Veggie Pack - yes, you can order more than one of everything, depending on your need.

Right now I have a 6 quart crock pot simmering with a wonderfully scented Vegetarian Pasta Sauce and I added shredded carrots for more sweetness. The great thing about the abundance of food you receive is the ability to not only make great meals for yourself and your family, but to store the excess for later meals. Don't forget though, you can share the wealth too with other members of your family or maybe a neighbor who is in need.

So go to the Bountiful Baskets website, register and begin your journey to a more bountiful, healthy way of eating.

Mary Cokenour