If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive, and fresh way to add more fruits and vegetables into your life then look no further – Bountiful Baskets has you covered!
If you haven’t heard of this amazing organization before, then you’re in for a treat. Bountiful Baskets is a co-op that provides fresh, high-quality produce and food goods to its contributors on a weekly/biweekly basis. Every Monday beginning at noon the program opens its registration for baskets. Participants select their state, county, and pick-up location from the list and then choose which items they want. On pick-up day, contributors go to the location (with grocery bags, laundry baskets, or boxes) to pick up all the goodies.
The DFW has dozens of locations to choose from, so finding one that’s close to you is fairly easy. If not, then driving a little out of your way is definitely worth it! (Folks in Dallas proper may have to drive a little north or west to a location … or check out this info on how to start a new Bountiful Baskets site.)
So, what do you really get? How “worth it” is it?
The answer to the first question is this:
LOOK AT ALL THAT PRODUCE!
While what you get changes from week to week, the variety and quality of the fruits and vegetables is genuinely amazing. Baskets come with 50/50 fruits and vegetables, and you also have the option to add on other items, like this wonderful juicing pack.
Other add-ons include varieties of fresh breads and tortillas, cooking oils, seasonal themed party packs (think everything you need for the big game), and seasonal fruits and vegetables in abundance (think of the jam you can make with 25 pounds of apricots). For me, one basket every other week is more than enough; I mean, look at all that produce!!!
The answer to the second question is: ALL OF THAT FOR LESS THAN $20!!!
Since it’s operated as a co-op, nearly all the work is done by volunteers (and when you do volunteer, it’s a great time!). All funds from contributions in the beginning of the week are taken and used to purchase the produce, which means that there’s not a way to just walk up the day of and order a basket. I once compared the price of my basket to the price of buying the same haul from other large grocery chains. Depending on the store, my savings ranged from $30 to $40! And if you are looking for organic, they have that too for only $25.
Interested yet? You should be! Make sure to check out their website to learn all the details, and set a reminder for Mondays to contribute to your basket!
*Thoughts are my own. I purchased all of this gloriousness on my own as well. I was not paid to say any of this. I did, however, tell the lady who runs the location where I pick up my basket, and she was super excited about getting the word out about Bountiful Baskets and gave me a high five.