Yesterday I shared information about Bountiful Baskets, the co-op I use for produce purchases. You can find Part One HERE. Today I am sharing a little more detailed information on the actual baskets and the participation level that works best for me at this time. Keep in mind you can select your own participation level – you can contribute on whatever level works for your family or even contribute once then never again.
Most of the year, I typically contribute for one Conventional basket and will usually select an add-on (or 2 or 3). Now that summer is here, the kids are out of school and I have a pack of wolves (AKA what seems like a couple hundred hungry kids) running through my house on a daily basis I’ve had to change my game plan. I am currently getting 2 baskets – one Conventional ($15) and one Organic ($25), in addition to add-on items. You may be wondering why I just don’t get 2 Conventional baskets and save a little money. If I get two Conventional baskets, I receive the same items but double the quantities. While I have done that in the past, I prefer to get one of each basket type for the variety of produce I receive. Life is more interesting with variety, right?! The flexibility of the Bountiful Basket model allows me to select what works best for my family each time I contribute.
As an example, here’s a breakdown of my May 26 contribution. I spent a total of $92.25 for this distribution, including the $3.50 handling & fuel charges. I usually try to stay in the $50-75 range, but the add-ons were spectacular and I couldn’t pass them up. While the total seems pretty high, keep in mind my family eats a lot of produce (especially fruit) and this produce will typically last us 2 weeks. I am also able to freeze quite a bit for later use and/or share my bounty with friends.
$15.00 – Conventional basket. As you can see, it’s a LOT of produce – 6 bananas, 1 bag green grapes, 12 Gala apples, 1 clamshell blackberries, 5 Organic tomatoes, 1 bundle asparagus, 2 heads red leaf lettuce (1 was a “thank you” for volunteering), 3 orange peppers, 3 heads broccoli, 2 heads celery, 3 yellow squash and 5 white onions. All this for $15 (yes, $15!!!!).
$17.00 – Flat of blueberries – (12) 6 oz containers = $1.42 per container. I flash froze about half of these for later use in smoothies & baking.
$19.25 – Case of Donut nectarines – 11 lbs. = $1.75 per pound.
$12.50 – Grill Pack – 1 pineapple, 4 ears of corn, 2 bundles green onion, asparagus, button mushrooms, Portabella mushrooms, 2 orange peppers, 1 red pepper, 4 green chile peppers.
$25.00 – Salad Pack (I ordered 2) – 2 personal-sized watermelons, 2 strawberries, 2 blackberries, 2 blueberries, 4 organic tomatoes, 2 red onions, 2 heads cabbage, 2 heads iceberg lettuce, 12 red potatoes
While I rarely purchase produce at the grocery store, I ran out of most fruit last week (remember the wolves I mentioned earlier?) and had to replenish. Here’s what I purchased at the store for $17.32 – (ouch!), and each of these items were on sale. Hopefully this will tide us over until I pick-up my baskets this weekend.
$4.99 – Watermelon
$1.99 – Nectarines (3), 1 pound
$1.45 – Bananas, 1.96 pounds
$5.86 – Cherries, 1.96 pounds
$2.03 – Plums (3), .68 pounds
$1.00 – Limes (3)
Every time I purchase produce at the grocery store, it reminds me how thankful I am that I have a Bountiful Basket site near me. I wouldn’t be able to purchase all the produce we love/want if I had to pay grocery store prices.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to give Bountiful Baskets a try?
I shared this post at Flashback Friday at New Mrs. Adventures.