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.