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Monday, March 5, 2012

My first Bountiful Baskets!

I heard about bountiful baskets from my friend Brandi and I'm so excited to share!

Their website is www.bountifulbaskets.org. It's a co-op that's volunteered ran which focuses on attaining produce (fruits/vegetables) as close to local as possible thus making the carbon footprint eco-friendly in comparison to those produce we get in our grocery stores. You don't know know what produce you will be receiving but it's usually what's currently in season.

For a first timer, you add $4.50 ($3 for first timer and $1.50 processing fee) on top of the regular price of $15. After your first basket, you pay $16.50 and you pay for whichever week's basket you want. The website has schedules and locations for pickup in the midwest part of the country.

I brought my laundry basket and headed over to my little brother's old high school (he went to for just one year), Chaparral High School. The pick up time was 9:15a and I arrived 9:20a. I was worried about  arriving 5min late because there was a time limit of how long they would be there for pickup. When I got there, the line was a bit daunting because it was long but it moved fairly quickly. 

The volunteers arrive an hour or so before pick up and divide the produce into 2 baskets (one for fruits and one for vegetables).  

In fruit, I received: 

  1. Pineapple
  2. Cantaloupe
  3. Banana
  4. Apples
  5. Kiwi
  6. Mango
In vegetables, I received:

  1. Butter Gold potato
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Green Bell Pepper
  4. Head of lettuce
  5. 2 english cucumbers
  6. Broccoli
  7. Jalepeno

 All this yummy goodness for less than $20! Score!



Vegetables & Fruit

I actually have a fruit bowl!

Can't wait to carve into this pretty fruit! ;0)
I really like this concept because i'm not really good at picking vegetables and fruits so having someone do it for me is awesome! It also gives you a reason to make dishes using healthy produce!

Here are the recipes I've used so far with my vegetables and fruits:

Already, these dishes are helping our household more healthy! 

Some of the fruit have been eaten just on its own because they are just that good! 

It's fun to look for recipes with the produce that you have. I will wait another week before I decide to do another week but so far I like this sooo much!!

Let me know if you do something similar and what website you use to get your recipes using your produce!

My friend, Brandi, has shown me a couple on www.skinnytaste.com

Thanks for visiting,



Brandi said...

SO SO SO glad you had a good experience! I started worrying a bit after I'd talked about it so highly. I found that in the beginning I would buy a basket and waste a lot of it, but shortly thereafter I made it a point to use it ALL. It has sort of become a little project, plus cooking makes me happy.

reeracoma said...

I am definitely happy with it! I've already used half of the produce! I have been trying to find healthy recipes with things that we have in the house without buying extra stuff. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

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