My realtor had told me about a produce co-op she participated in by our house. I had been meaning to check it out but got busy with coaching soccer season #3. One of my player’s parents was telling me about their experience with it as well and so I decided to make sure I tried it. Two weeks later I had tried it for the first time and I fell in love. I have now been a faithful, weekly participant of Bountiful Baskets for over a year and I still love it.

Bountiful Baskets is a completely volunteer run co-op that offers “baskets” of produce for only $15. Every Monday at noon, I eagerly log onto BB and order my basket to pick up the following Saturday. Each week different items are in the Bountiful Basket, they base the basket contents on what is in season, high quality, good value, and local. It’s generally 6 fruit items & 6 vegetable items. While normally there are traditional fruit and veggies we have all heard of, we often get something unique from fennel to rainbow carrots to persimmons.

Each week they also have varying “add-ons.” If you purchase a basket you can also purchase add-ons which vary in price. Last week, I picked up 12 pounds of RAW, local Arizona honey that I paid $37.50 for. That’s a smokin’ deal! During the summer months, they often do boxes of berries and I tend to take advantage of those to make jam or freeze for smoothies. Other add-ons include tortillas, granola, beans, fruit packs, olive oil, tomatoes, holiday packs, etc.

This co-op has led our family to a cheaper and healthier eating lifestyle and has opened me up for new recipes and methods. I have recently started to can and I absolutely love it!

I have a bunch of pics that I have taken of the various baskets I have gotten, here are just a few …

All of this for $15 …

And then Granny Smith Apples add-on, this made for a lot of applesauce.