Saturday, July 16, 2011

Check Out Your Local Food Co-Op

Photo by Vanessa Myers
Doesn't that all look delicious?  I picked up my co-op order this morning from Bountiful Baskets.  They are one of many programs that allow you to pool your orders with a large group of people and get it for a cheaper price. They have conventional baskets (which I got) for $15 and organic for $25.  They also have additional items that you can add on to your basket.

In my basket today was:
  • 8 bananas
  • 1 Golden Dewlicious melon
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 box of blackberries
  • 5 nectarines
  • 14 plums
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 Romaine lettuce
  • 1 purple kale
  • 1 hothouse cucumber
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 tomatoes
In that plastic bag at the top is my Asian pack.  This was an add-on for $7.50.

Asian Pack:
  • Bok choy
  • Napa cabbage
  • Snow peas
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Basil
I am pleased with what I got today.  I've also gotten orders from The Community Food Co-op of Utah.  I like that they offer meat packs too, and their Artisan wheat bread is simply delicious.  I do wish they had orders more than once a month (Bountiful Baskets does it weekly or bi-weekly depending on your area).  I hear there's another new co-op here, so I should look into their offerings.

You do have to be flexible to order from a co-op.  They shop based on what's a good deal that week, so you never know what will come in the basket.  I did know what would come in the Asian pack as they listed the things they hoped to be able to include.  You can sometimes end up with things you don't like; I am not fond of any melon except watermelon and I don't think Mister is either.

I'll try the melon, though.  This is a fun way to try new things that you might not pick out on your own.  I don't recall ever having purple kale, so another adventure awaits.

If you live in these states, you can check out Bountiful Baskets.  Otherwise, try a search for your state and the word co-op.
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
Have you ordered from a food co-op?  Did you think it was a good deal? Is there one you would like to recommend?


Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

We sometimes do Bountiful Baskets, but it seems the quality sometimes isn't all that great, and I'm not an adventurous foodie person these days either. Maybe if I didn't have kids, and I had more time to experiment with food, without them bugging me, I would, but as it is now, I think I'll stick with the familiar. Wow, that was a run-on sentence.

autovit said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

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