Reader Jen recently shared with me her experience with the Bountiful Baskets Co-Op. Bountiful Baskets is currently offered in 15 states including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. I know many of you are interested to learn ways of cutting your costs when it comes to fresh produce, and I’ve heard some chatter about Bountiful Baskets, so I thought I’d pass this information along to you today.
In her words, here are a few tips about getting the most from this program:
* They have pickup on Saturday mornings at 9am. However, you must order your basket online no later than Tuesday. (check the website for locations – some locations only do it every other week)
* The baskets cost $15.00 + $1.50 processing charge. If it is your first basket, you will also pay a 1-time charge of $3.00.
* You need to bring something to bring your produce home in. I brought a small laundry basket, and I wish I had brought a bigger one! You just get that much stuff!
* When you get to the pick-up site, you will need to show them your order confirmation and identification.
* You will then have 2 baskets you will have to empty into yours. One is full of veggies, the other is full of fruit.
*This is run off of volunteers. If you get there early and help out, you will get an extra item in your basket to take home. We got there early today planning to volunteer, but the truck got there early today and they were already finished setting up.
* The only downfall: you cannot pick what you get in your basket. And you never know what you might get.
Thanks, Jen, for sharing your tips!
To learn more about the locations and getting started, please visit Bountiful Baskets. I would also love to hear from you if you use them!