Saturday, August 24, 2013

Produce Galore!

If you have never tried Bountiful Baskets you really should!!! I love ordering a basket every month, sometimes multiple times a month!!! Plus they have amazing bread choices that are absolutely delicious! I try to order twice a month so that I can get a basket of yummy produce every other week. Today's spread featured:
a large head of romaine lettuce
2 bunches of spinach
2 (1 lb) bags of carrots (I gave one to a friend since I bought a huge bag at costco last week)
4 yummy looking yellow peaches
4 tasty looking asian pears
9 bananas
5 ears of bi color corn (white & yellow - my fav!)
3 bell peppers
3 roma tomatoes
6 small avocados
1 Italian squash (i think it's zucchini)
9 hatch green chili's

Can you say YUM! I am so excited for that yummy foods I'll get to make with these!!!
A few examples:
Pumpkin Zucchini Bread to use up the zucchini
Banana Muffins (my kids love these in the morning before school)
Fajita's with the bell peppers (I have onions from 2 weeks ago I can use with it)
Green smoothies with the spinach, avocado, peach, pear and bananas (plus I'll throw in some frozen grapes and berries I have)
Deli Sandwiches with the tomatoes and lettuce, plus some salad!
And I'll probably grill up some chicken with the corn (my kids LOVE corn on the cob)

In case you've never ordered Bountiful Baskets before, you go online to Bountiful sometime between Monday after 12 noon and Tuesday before 10 pm to pay for your basket, it's 15$ plus a 1.50$ handling fee (for me it costs 1.50$ or more just to drive to the store to grab some produce), if it's your first time ordering you'll also pay a small fee of 3$ or $4 (can't remember the exact amount), but that's only the first time you order! So normally it's 16.50$ and you get a basket of veggies:
and a basket of fruit (today was very veggie heavy, sometimes it's more fruit heavy, and sometimes it's about even). I love that you never know what you'll get so you can have fun trying new recipes! I'm not gonna lie, every once in a while you'll get some produce that isn't so great, but 95% of the time the produce is wonderful, it's definitely worth the cost!

So back to how you order, you'll order online, then you get to go pick up your baskets on Saturday, normally in the morning. You'll have to check bountiful baskets online to find out times and locations for your area. Since it's a food coop it's all done by Volunteers. So if you arrive 45-60 minutes early at your site you'll get to help distribute the boxes of produce into the above baskets for everyone. If you volunteer you also get to pick an extra item or two (if it's a small item you'll get two, if it's a large item you'll get to pick 1) just for helping. Each basket has a set number of each item, then whatever is left in the cases of produce after that number is distributed, the volunteers distribute as evenly as possible. So some baskets might have an extra bag of carrots, some might have extra lettuce or pears or chilies etc. I ended up with an extra bag of carrots and an extra bunch of spinach. Then I got an extra peach and avocado for volunteering. LOVE it!!! And my kids know that every other week I go to Bountiful Baskets (yes they even know that's what it's called and they're only 3 and 5). 

If you have any questions ask away, I've been going for 3 or 4 years now and absolutely love it! 

Oh and here's there facebook page that is always filled with fun new recipes!


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