Today I am thankful for Bountiful Baskets. This is a co-op that I belong to and have been able to get fresh fruits and veggies into our home for an affordable price.
This year, I actually started a new site for our town and I am the Volunteer Site Coordinator (VSC) for our location. Every other week, I make sure that the baskets are ready for the participants. This means I keep them clean, and set them up, unload the truck and coordinate the dispersion of the fruits and veggies into the baskets. Currently, we are at about half capacity for our site. We usually run double of what you will see here. But people are still eating from the garden harvests. So I imagine we will be back at full capacity in the near future. We normally run 96 baskets (which is really 192, since each basket is really TWO–one for fruit and one for veggies). So just imagine all of this at double the amounts and you will know what I usually am dealing with each time. Here are some pictures of the process:
Then I help the participants get the baskets of fruits and veggies that they have contributed for. After that, I clean up and do paperwork. Then I prepare to do it all again in 2 weeks. It is a big job. The week that I have off is run by another set of VSC’s. I often contribute those weeks and take advantage of the fresh food for our home.
Yesterday, was my week to be in charge. It was a wonderful basket and I had a lot of fun seeing the joy in the participants faces as they picked up their produce. Here is what we received for $16.50 ($15 for the produce and $1.50 processing fee):
We got the following items
3# bag of fuji apples
5# bag of potatoes
Bag of grapes
2 containers of blackberries
3 oroblanco’s (a white grapefruit)
4 yellow squash
1 bunch of celery
Another thing that is neat about the co-op is that you have the opportunity to purchase extra items as well when you place your order. Here is a picture of some of the extras from yesterday:
Yes, that is a fire truck behind the table of extras. It wasn’t offered for sale. We just use the fire hall as our place of distribution during the winter months. During the summer, we actually do this in my front yard. I have a large shaded yard and it is really fun to be outside. But I am really grateful for the use of our fire hall when it is cold. They keep it nice and warm for us.
I purchased a couple of the extra items this time. I got a Veggie pack that was just winter squashes for an additional $10. And I got a 25# case of tangerines for $21. Here are some pictures of those items:
This pack had 2 HUGE butternut squash, 2 spaghetti squash, 4 acorn squash and a mini pie pumpkin.
I plan on juicing some of these, making some marmalade, and just eating them. I will actually be sharing a couple with my nursery kids this morning. It will be a nice treat for them.
Bountiful Baskets has been a huge blessing to our family. First by providing us with fresh produce. It helps us to eat more healthily. And second, it is an act of community service that we enjoy doing. It is nice to serve our friends and family in our community with such an awesome program. I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful organization.
What are you thankful for today?
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