My friend Melissa has been participating in this food co-op called Bountiful Baskets for quite some time now. I am always insanely jealous of the goodies she says she gets! My sister started it 2 weeks ago and I decided I need to just get on board and see what this is all about.
I went to www.BountifulBaskets.org and signed up for an account. I paid $15 for my basket, $1.50 processing fee and $3 first timer charge, $7.50 for a mexican ingredient add on and $10 for 6 sheets each of 5 flavors of cracker bread in 8x10 pieces add on. $36 got me this:
1 bag raddishes
1 Honeydew melon
1 bunch of bananas
1 bundle of spinach
1 bundle of romaine lettuce
3 clamshells of blackberries
24 sheets of cracker bread
Mexican pack: tomatillos, Grey Squash, Serrano Peppers, Avocado, Cilantro, Mexican Limes, Garlic, Green Onions, Yellow Onion, and Jalapenos
I won't even begin to guess how much that would cost me at the grocery store, but they say the basic $15 basket runs $55-60 in value!!! And for the past 2 years this is what I mainly buy, fresh ingredients. This will not only save me TONS of money on my grocery bill, but broaden my cooking horizons. Artichoke? How the heck do you cook an artichoke?? And the best part is they buy supply from as local as possible. That, I am all for!
Other things they have for add on's this week were 3dz 13" tortillas, 2dz 6" flour tortillas and 2dz 6" corn tortillas for $10. And also 5 loaves of 9grain bread for $10. Every week has new add-ons to pick from, or you can just buy th3 $16.50 veggie and fruit basket and be done!
I'm so excited, can you tell? Maybe I'll start a blog like on Julie & Julia and blog about my experiments of cooking. Probably not, but its a fun idea in the moment. LOL
So if you live in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho or Washington, I strongly urge you to check them out!