Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bountiful Baskets

Now that is has finally snowed and our gardens have been destroyed by the frost, it is finally time for us to start getting Bountiful Baskets again. Here is some information of what a bountiful basket is and how to get one.

Go to the website:

http://www.bountifulbaskets.org

Bountiful Baskets are a great way to save money for produce, since there is not a lot of coupons out there for fruits and veggies. Bountiful Baskets, is a food co-op and runs solely on volunteers and donations. We are lucky to have this wonderful service in our area.

How it works:

They take money from the contribution you make each week, and order as much produce from wholesalers as they possibly can. You get a big laundry basket full of stuff for only $16.50.
$15 for the basket plus a $1.50 handling fee.

You order you baskets during the open window starting at 12pm Monday and ending at 10pm on Tuesdays. You have to create an account for yourself on their web page and order it that way. Read over the site to become familiar with how it works. Follow their directions and rules.People have had many problems in the ordering process. I think its simple, easier then ordering something off sites like Amazon. You will choose your pick up location and time during the ordering process.

On SATURDAY morning (at least in our area), you go and pick up your basket. You will show up to the site, and there us usually a line of people. You will see a bunch of laundry baskets in rows half will be filed with fruit and the other half veggies. The volunteers at the site will instruct you of where to go to get your baskets. You take the stuff from the two baskets they give you and empty it into your basket. (YOU HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN BASKET). If you order extras they will instruct you on how to pick them up. Be prepared when you go. They are in a hurry and want to get the site cleaned up as fast as possible. You only have a 20 minute window to pick up your items other wise they will be donated. It is so easy!! Better than going to the grocery store in my mind.

Some past offerings: (found directly on their website)

  • Conventional Produce Basket $15 Contribution
    50% fruit, 50% vegetables, 100% healthy, delicious & fun
  • Organic Produce Basket $25 Contribution
  • 50% fruit, 50% vegetables, 100% Certified Organic, healthy, delicious & fun
  • Tortilla Pack $10 Contribution
  • 9-Grain Bread – 5 loaves $10 Contribution
  • Bountiful Baskets Granola – 2# $10 Contributions
  • Beans and Grains – $22 Contribution – Approx 25 Lbs

PROS/CONS of using bountiful baskets:

Pros:

  • The price, where else can you get that much stuff for the price.
  • You have access to fruits and veggies that are not carried at your local stores.
  • You don't have to go the grocery store.
  • It gives you verity and the opportunity to try things you have never eaten before.
  • Helps you to have a healthier lifestyle.
  • Gives you the opportunity to volunteer and give a helping hand.
  • It is considered as a charitable contribution on your taxes.


Cons:
  • You have to get up early on Saturday Morning and wait in line in the cold.
  • You have no choice in what comes in your basket. (You might not like the stuff you get)
  • You only have 20 minutes to pick you basket up.
  • I have found that a lot of the fruits go bad before they are ripe. (My grapes today had mold on them.)
I went to Smiths to compare the price of the items I got in today's BB:


Grapes about 2lbs................$1.69 lb................$3.38
5lb bag of potatoes.............................................$1.39
17 brussel sprouts 1.5lb..........1.99 lb...............$2.98
6 corn on the cobs.....................$0.59 each.......$3.54
1 acorn squash 2lb.....................$0.79lb.............$1.58
Celery.....................................................................$0.99
7 bananas 4lbs..........................$.059lb...............$2.36
8 persimmons...................NO Stores Had them.?????
1 head Green leaf lettuce..........$1.39..................$2.78 (the size of two at the store)
9 tangerines 4.5 lbs......................$0.99lb.............$4.45
7 Fuji apples 4lbs............................$1.19lb.............$4.76
6 Bartlet pears 2.5lbs....................$1.00lb.............$2.50


The grand total is......................................................$30.71
(That is with out knowing the price of the persimmons)

Total Savings...............................................................53%




If you are single or have a small family, find somebody to split your basket with. This will also cut the cost also, don't worry about the produce you can't eat. The savings out weigh the price.

What do you do with produce you don't eat? Give it away, donate it to the Hope Pantry on Campus. It's located in the Service and learning center. The white house across the street from the science building. OR... Create a compost for next years garden.



The savings are worth it to me. I love bountiful baskets and will continue to get them.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, how interesting...a homeschooling friend on FB just mentioned Bountiful Baskets this morning....I was going to ask her more about it, and then here you are posting about it...I'm going to go see if they are in my area! Thanks for the info, Amy! :D

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  2. It's a good idea to freeze extra fruit for smoothie's! This worked great when the blueberries were in season and were part of the Bountiful Basket. Amy and I split a Bountiful Basket for awhile. As for the Persimmons, I've heard that Persimmon Cookies are good!

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