Saturday, January 23, 2010

bountiful basket

today was my first experience with bountiful baskets. karrie told me about it a few months ago, and i finally signed up for pick up this week. here's a nutshell version--they're a co-op who bargains with the suppliers for grocery stores and restaurants. they buy produce in bulk, and then distribute it to various locations in arizona (hello BECKY!), utah, idaho, and washington biweekly. because they can barter lower prices, they give you large amounts of fresh produce for extremely low prices. it's a volunteer organization, so if you sign up you are expected at some point to go do your time. i plan on it.

they acquire produce "locally" meaning arizona, texas, california, and northern mexico. hey, that's better than chile, right? the food is therefore seasonal, which is a wonder to me because california seems to be able to grow anything all year long. i'm grateful for this aspect of the co-op, because one of my goals this year is to cook food in it's season.

here's the catch--you don't get to choose exactly what you get. you show up and there is a basket full of fruit and a basket full of vegetables (everyone's the same). here's my basket this week:

1 large head romaine lettuce
1 bunch broccoli
2 cucumbers
2 zucchinis
10 roma tomatoes
7 red peppers
7 bananas
8 tangerines
5 grapefruit
1 package strawberries
7 braeburn apples
11 bosc pears


they also offer fresh bread, granola, and often ethnic baskets. this week they offered a mexican basket. it had:

1 bunch green onions
1 bunch cilantro
4 limes
1 head garlic
1 package homemade flour tortillas ( so good.)
10 tomatillos
2 yellow onions
3 avocados
6 green chile peppers
4 jalapeno pepper


i haven't tasted everything in the basket yet, obviously. i made some salsa verde today and mae ate half the box of strawberries. i also tried some tangerine and grapefruit. i will say this. the produce is extremely fresh and very tasty...sooooooooooo much better than the produce i've found in springville.

if you're interested, go to and sign up on their mailing list. you'll get an email next tuesday or wednesday saying the co-op is open. sign up for a basket (you only have until thursday, i think). they go saturday morning to reagan academy and pick up your booty.

then come home and stare at it in amazement and wonder what the heck you're going to cook with all this delicious looking food.

but don't forget a basket. then you'll look silly like i did.


j@nAe said...

That sounds sooo nice! I'll admit, minus giving up pineapple, the idea of eating locally really appeals to me. And I LOVE farmers market fresh produce. I'm looking this up right now. Thanks!

Bridget said...

So Cool! How come I've never heard of this before? It'd be kind of weird to have to come up with things to cook from what you get, but kind of fun too.

Sharalea said...

I love this!! I am sad in the winter when the farmer's markets close--this is such a fun option (living in the west has all kinds of perks!)! Can't wait to see what you come up with!! :)

Carey said...

sooooo jealous!!!!
Darcie must sign up!

Harmony said...

Wow! And so cheap! What a great idea. I'm thinking. Hm, maybe I'll give it a try.

Denise Robertson said...

That's a great idea. Wish we could get in on that deal.

Pam said...

My twin gets this down in Phoenix. We got the bread when we visited over the holidays and it was divine. The granola was not as good as what my sister makes. Very worth the cost though.

That Girl said...


I have a couple friends who do this, but I was put off when one week half their basket was brussel sprouts.


Karrie and Derek said...

the brussell sprouts were actually amazing. I found a roasted bs, pears, and shallots recipe on martha stewart and my whole family devoured them

Elizabeth said...


I am so doing this. Thanks for blogging about it!

Anonymous said...

My husband will hate me but I'm joining! I used to belong to a co-op when we were dating. Even though I went in with a friend we couldn't eat it all. So it just piled up. I couldn't throw it out. So my fridge smelled like rotting produce.

So fun.

BTW, it's the last day to use your Commnual gift certificate tomorrow. I don't have your email but if you want to join us we're (the bloggers who need to use their gift certs before they expire) going tomorrow 1/30 Saturday at 12:30.

blog on,

BETH said...

Hi Heidi,

Sounds like you've found a really neat thing. Awesome price for fruit! What did you mean by "if you sign up you are expected at some point to go do your time"?

Christa Jeanne said...

I'm totally into eating healthy right now and upping my produce intake, so I'm pretty tempted to check this out. What a deal!!! The location pickup link wasn't working, though, so I'm wondering - where and when is the pickup for Utah Valley?