Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op distributes baskets of fresh produce, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week to countless cities and towns in 16 states (so far).
Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op relies entirely on participants volunteering, in exchange the participants are offered a rock-bottom price on fresh produce. The drop-off/pick-up place is usually the local library, chamber of commerce or anyplace that will allow use of their building for about 2 hours every other week.
How Does it Work?
The Bountiful Baskets website lists all the states, cities and towns that offer this service. Your town, or a nearby town, might be on the list, if it isn’t you can send an email thru the website or go to Bountiful Baskets Facebook page to request being added to the list.
If you see your town on the list and want to participate, you must pay through the website with a debit or credit card. You will get a receipt on the website and one by email. You must bring it with you when you go to pick up your basket, or have the receipt visible on your phone.
The Bountiful Baskets website will instruct you as to where to pick up your basket, on what day and what time. Since the participants, that’s you and me, are volunteers you can get there early to help unload the truck, load the baskets and collect the emails. Tip: Bring your own box, basket, cooler or anything to carry your produce out to your car.
How Much Does it Cost?
A conventional basket typically contains ½ fruit and ½ vegetables at a cost of $15.
An organic basket is $25.
The photos that you see here are the contents of two (2) baskets. One of them has 5 persimmons, they alone would cost $10 at the supermarket. The other basket has 2 mangoes, 2 pomegranates and a bunch of celery, they also would cost $10 at the supermarket. Plus, as you can see, lots of other stuff!
How Will I Know What I’ll Be Getting?
You won’t know what you’ll be getting until you get it! Just think seasonal, there might be blueberries and watermelon or acorn squash and fennel.
Some special request baskets contain just apples or strawberries or jalapeno peppers. Those special orders are listed on the website as they change.
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