A month or so ago I read a blog by Mary of Owlhaven regarding a food co-op. I had no idea what a food co-op was, but today I found out.
Bountiful Baskets is the co-op I tried. For $15 per basket plus $1.50 handling fee, you can have all this:
My basket had 4 ears of corn, 2 artichokes, a bunch of broccoli, a bag of apples, 3 cucumbers, a head of cabbage, a cantaloupe, a small watermelon, 2 large heads of romaine lettuce, four bananas and three green peppers. All of it was very fresh and very good quality.
Organic baskets are available for $10 more, and they have side items you can purchase as well. This week you could get 5 loaves of organic bread, apricots, strawberries and other things as extras. They run over and above your basket cost.
More than one basket can be purchased at a time, if you can carry it all!
I'm considering this a win all the way around.
Since it's a co-op, all the money collected goes to buy food at discount prices. You order starting at noon on the week you're supposed to pick up your food, and you have through Tuesday to get it in. Our baskets were filled by volunteers when the truck came in this morning. If we are physically able we are asked to volunteer once every 7 times.
After all the baskets were filled, each person checked in and signed to show they received theirs. The baskets were numbered, and we just went to our basket and filled our own bags.
Very simple, very easy.
And to think I got all of the stuff above for $15 warms the cockles of my heart.
By the way, I'm not being paid in any way to tell you about this. I just think it's a dang good idea and wanted to share.