Bountiful Baskets

Have you ever heard of Bountiful Baskets? If you have and you know all about it then you  have my permission to ignore me…well, wait, not entirely…but go check out the Crafting Tutorials or something.


But if, like me, you are new to the idea of a food co-op then you may just want to check this out.

Here’s how it goes. You go to the Bountiful Baskets website and scope it out, click around and read the rules.

Next you follow the directions for signing up for the baskets at your location.

Then, on Monday evening at about 8 o’clock–times may vary in your area–you log in to the site…

and order a basket and whatever else you want that they are offering that week–and pay right there online.

The basic basket is $15 and is 50% fruit and 50% vegetables—totally random stuff, differing from week to week.  This week’s also included celery, lettuce and broccoli–but they were already put away–so no picture.

The items you can order separately could be tortillas, 9 grain bread or chewy granola–to name a few.

Then the following Saturday you show up at the prearranged site—with your own empty box or basket and pick up your loot. It’s very cool and kind of exciting to see what will be in the basket each week.

I do, however, have a word or two of warning.

Do not, under any circumstances, push the “ORDER” button more than once–not even if it says the server is down and come back later. Don’t think that you’ll just push the “ORDER” button, oh, say FOUR times because it doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough, or because you want to make sure that it is really, truly working.

Just don’t do it, or you–my friend–could end up with a bigger busload of  fruit and vegetables than even Farmer MacGreggor would know what to do with. And then, you’ll have to figure out how to eat it all…fast.

Don’t bother asking me how I know this…

that would be humiliating.

But if anybody needs a fruit salad–
I’m your girl.

9 Replies to “Bountiful Baskets”

  1. We’ve been doing Bountiful Baskets for a couple of year now and I love it!!! I noticed that this year I didn’t need to stock up on as much canned fruit and veggies during the case lot sales because we’re eating so much more fresh produce thanks to BB!

  2. Well, my first real shot at it was the week they had acorn squash, onions and okra…yikes. So naturally, I accidentally ended up with FOUR of them. F.O.U.R. THAT, my dear is a train load of okra. sheesh.
    What a noob.


  3. You could use that acorn squash for squash pie. You would have visitor in no time. All that produce looks delicious.

  4. That’s way cool (except for the times four part ;P). I’ve read about it on Pinching your Pennies, but they haven’t had a location near us (at least the last time I read about it!) Where did you have to go to pick it up? I think it’s a great idea!

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