Saturday, December 4, 2010

www.BountifulBaskets.org

Every Saturday, I wake up bright and early, excited to see what my Bountiful Basket will hold!!
2 HUGE cucumbers, blackberries, 3 asian pears, 6 pears, 7 fuji apples, 6 bananas, 3 squash, 1 cantaloupe, 1  pineapple, 1 head of lettuce, 1 celery bunch = $15!!!

My co-worker Molli shared this website with me: www.BountifulBaskets.org.  It's a fruit and vegetable co-op  that supports local and small farms.  With the power of bulk purchasing and eliminating the middle men, your fruits and vegetable baskets are $15 and VERY FRESH!  You don't get to pick and choose what you get, each basket [usually -someone may have carrots and you may have celery] has the same items and same quantities of each of seasonal produce.  The locations are throughout Nevada (and ID, UT, WY, TX, AZ, WA).  They are completely volunteer-run, grassroots, no contracts, no catch, and is not considered a business (for profit)- how conceptually COOL!

So here's how the process goes:

  1. Register on www.BountifulBaskets.org
    1. You have to purchase your basket on Monday or Tuesday.  If you miss the deadline, you can't get your basket for the week- BOO!
  2. Check for the locations nearest you (and make sure you check your pick up time)
    1. Pick up days are always on Saturday
    2. Every other week they offer all Organic fruits and veggies for an extra cost
  3. Your first Basket order will involve a $3.00 first time basket fee for new participants, every order after that will involve a $1.50 processing fee
  4. Select the quantity of Baskets you would like (up to three) -one is more than enough for 2 people!
  5. There are always extra things you can add onto your purchase
    1. 9grain bread: 5 loaves for $10 -I hear it's PHENOMENAL, freezes well and tastes great!
    2. seasonal items like: cases of apples, pumpkin loafs, ginger bread houses, etc 
  6. Make sure you get a confirmation email so you know your order went through
  7. You'll get a reminder email on Friday to double check your pick up time, because occasionally it changes
I'm afraid to tell everyone because they only have a limited number of baskets at each location and I don't want my locations to be sold out before I order mine!!  This is a great GEM that was shared with me, I absolutely LOVE it, am a 100% supporter of it, and will be very excited if you decide to give it try!!  Totally thankful for Molli sharing this with me, and now to you!

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