Bountiful Baskets

Monday, May 26, 2014

This weekend I took part in my first produce co-op, Bountiful Baskets.
'Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op is a participatory experience. participants all save a substantial amount of money on healthy food. In exchange there are no employees to guide participants through the experience.'

I heard about it from my mom who takes part in her small town and has been very pleased with the quality of produce/food, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Check out the website here to see if it's available in your town, and here to get more questions answered.

I was a little surprised when I drove up and saw the line wrapped around the parking lot.
 Thankfully, they seemed very organized and friendly and it moved along quickly and smoothly.
It was a calm, chilly morning, but the fresh air felt great and the view wasn't too bad either. Coincidentally this particular Saturday morning, the Little slept in until 8:30 (seriously..?!?!), however I was up bright and early to go and pick up my basket..
On to the good stuff - here is everything I received in my 'basket'. (I paid $15 for the basket, $3 first-time fee, and the $3.50 handling fee-differs per location, for a total of $21.50 for everything below. In the future this will cost me $18.50.) There are also options to purchase other items like large quantities of particular fruits/vegetables, bread/tortillas, granola, etc.
I would estimate this is around 15-20 pounds of produce..? So for a little more than a dollar a pound, I think it's a decent deal.
I plan on making this Paleo Spaghetti Pizza Pie with the spaghetti squash.
The green apples are delicious, not too tart but crisp and sweet. Not sure what to do with the red peppers or green chilies yet, any ideas..? I plan to take part again, it's helpful for meal planning as I will plan around what I received and have on hand.
Plus it's fun to have this much fresh produce in the kitchen..!! I wasn't even sure where to put it all. Makes for a very colorful centerpiece. :) So if for nothing else, it's all great for decorating. Haha

Have you ever taken part in a co-op like this? Any ideas for recipes for the produce I have on hand?

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