Saving $$ with Bountiful BasketsPosted: December 3, 2011
Some of you have probably heard of Bountiful Baskets and the great deal you can get on produce. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, here’s a quick run down.
Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food co-op for families that want to have more fresh produce for less money. In order to participate, you must set up a free account on the website…Contributions are accepted beginning Mondays at 10:00 a.m. for Utah, and 12:00 p.m. for all other states. Making a contribution is sometimes referred to as “ordering”, but this is not accurate. We call it contributing or participating, because Bountiful Baskets is not a business that you buy from, but rather a co-op where we all pool our money to buy things together
The website includes a list of participation locations along with “New Participant Instructions” to help you navigate your first time ordering/contributing. But basically you need to log on on Mondays, order up to 3 baskets and additional packs (such as multi-grain bread), if you want them, and pay with a credit card.
Here in Laramie we can only order baskets every other week. Since we get so much produce and there’s only two of us right now it takes us the extra week to get through all of it, so I’m ok with the every other week. However there are some locations that delivery every week.On our pickup day I take something to carry all of the produce in, sign in and get a ticket to give to a volunteer when I go get my baskets. You will get one laundry basket of vegetables and one laundry basket of fruits.
If it’s your first time to order it will $15.00 for the basket of food, $1.50 to cover the credit card processing fee and $3.00 for the co-op to purchase addition laundry baskets (that will stay at the site) to hold the extra produce, $19.50 total. Every order after that will only be $16.50. You also have an option for an organic basket for an additional fee. If you’re worried about the price trust me the cost is more than worth it. Based on what was in our basket today, I’d say that retail price for all of it would be at least $40-$50 if not higher.
Here’s a run down of what we got today:
1 radish cluster
3 yellow onions
4 broccoli bunches
1 pineapple (I was particularly excited about this. Fresh pineapple = fave)
1 butter lettuce head
1 package of blackberries (another fave)
As you can see, you definitely get your money’s worth of fresh produce. I’ve found this to be a great option for us (and anyone else) with our tight budget. So if you haven’t taken advantage of this great, healthy and money-saving program I highly suggest you do!
p.s.- does anyone know what to do with persimmons? 🙂