Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Bounty

Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets? It's a non-profit organization that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to locations in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oreon Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. This was my first week participating and this was my "catch": 1 lb champagne grapes (yummy on cereal this morning!), celery, romaine lettuce, a bag of plums, 6 oranges, 7 bananas, 4 tomatoes, 7 nectarines, 3 mangoes, a bag of green beans, 2 heads of brocolli,and 7 sweet potatoes! More than enough to eat all week, I plan to share with my daughter.

Here's the scoop on Bountiful Baskets from their website:

Sally Stevens and Tanya Jolly started Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op in May of 2006. It was a winning combination from the beginning. Tanya and Sally both had experience running their own small food co-ops that were not web based. As their small co-ops grew it challenged them to think of a way to keep up as more families were wanting to save money on healthy food. Adding a little bit of e-commerce technology to the mix was just the trick. Since May of 2006 BBFC has grown from 2 sites and an average of 120 families a cycle participating, to over hundreds of sites in seven states and around 70,000 participating families! In June of 2008 BBFC started to offer 100% organic baskets every other week.

The Co-op offers a conventional produce basket very other week which is generally ½ fruit and ½ veggies. The monetary contribution is $15.00 and is generally worth $50.00 retail. Organic baskets require a contribution of $25 and are usually about the same amount of produce as the conventional baskets. To participate visit and check the schedule to see when your state is available to make your monetary contribution using a debit or credit card. Then, pick up your basket on Saturday morning at the time and place you chose when you contributed!

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