Sunday, May 17, 2009
Food co-op
A friend recently clued me in to a food co-op going on in our state.  Fruit and veggies are purchased from local farmers and then sold to families throughout the state.  It helps support our local economy and encourages us to eat healthier!

Yesterday I participated for the first time and it's great!

Here's how it works.  

I went online to their website and created an account.  Then I placed my order.

For $15 you get two baskets (1 fruit filled, 1 veggie filled).  You can order extras like bread, cheese, milk, or various "packs".  This week was an Asian pack.  Last week was a Mexican pack.  I believe these packs have additional herbs and veggies but I'm not certain because I didn't order those this first time.

After making my selections, I paid by credit card online and printed out my receipt.  The instructions told me where and when to pick up my baskets.  They were very specific about the fact that I must be on time or my produce would be donated to a local food pantry!

When Snuggle Bug and I got there, there was a long line of others waiting to pick up their baskets.

We waited patiently in line and then our turn arrived.  We were given our baskets and we transfered our produce into 2 canvas bags and then lugged it back to the car.

Here's what we got for $15:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 large heads of Romaine lettuce
  • 2 bushels of broccoli
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 10 potatoes
  • 5 pears
  • 3 mangos
  • 2 cantaloups
  • 7 oranges
  • 9 Granny Smith apples
  • 16 bananas
I'd say we got our money's worth!  We'll be eating this for a good 2 weeks!

I cut up a big portion of our fruit yesterday into a big fruit salad and we're sure enjoying that!

Do you participate in any type of food/farmers co-op?


6:04 AM

At 5:28 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Wow that is awesome! The only thing i heard of around my area is like a co op but you buy a share of the seasons fuit/veggies. You pay one lump sum(couple 100$), and you go every week to pick up what is your portion. Ive never done it, but i hear it is good.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Dawnelle said...

wow- that sounds great!

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds fantastic! How did you find out about it? I would love to find one in our community but don't know how to locate one. I googled it but nothing really came up. Please let me know if you have any insight. Thanks!

Jen O.


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