Bountiful Baskets

I joined a farming co-op this week called Bountiful Baskets.  They’re nation-wide, and offer a TON of fresh produce for $15 each week ($25 for organic.)  They also offer granola, coconut oil, trail mix, fresh bread, and fresh tortillas.  Everything they supply is locally sourced, and arrives fresh on a truck each Saturday morning.

You wouldn’t believe the amount of produce I got this week!  I have enough to last me well over two weeks, and then some extra to share!  The rat girls and the turtle all enjoyed green leaf and grape salads today, and I made myself a delicious pesto-panzanella salad with a fresh tomato.
Volunteers divide up the produce into several rows
Everyone gets a fruit basket and a veggie basket
2 grapefruits, bag of purple grapes, 6 pears, 7 plums, 5 limes
4 ears of corn, 7 hatch chiles, 5 tomatoes,
3 avocados, 1 head green leaf lettuce, 1 lb red potatoes
Corn and potatoes
Tomatoes and limes
Avocados
Hatch chiles
Green leaf lettuce
Beautiful bowl of fruit!
Purple grapes



My overstuffed refrigerator!



My accompanying herb garden
Here’s more information on Bountiful Baskets.

Each week, you sign up online for a basket and pay $15. (You pay $18 when you join for the first time.) You don’t have to get a basket every week if you don’t want to. Then, early on Saturday morning, you line up to get your stuff.  Here are the Texas pick-up locations.

You don’t know what you’re going to get ahead of time, but each week the basket is half vegetables and half fruit. I blogged what I got my first week here if you want to see what the offerings might look like.

They give you $50-70 worth of fresh produce, and you can even request organic for $25 if you like. It’s saved me so much money and time since I started participating, and I love not knowing what I’m going to get, because then I get to pretend I’m on Iron Chef and clamber together culinary greatness from the ingredients I have on hand.

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