Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bountiful Basket

Saturday Morning at V.F.W. Hall

 Linda’s Note: 
I first posted this back in January, but it’s well worth reprinting,
especially with all the new folks into dehydrating.
Have you heard about Bountiful Baskets?  Mike and I recently got our first order. It’s been operating in Dubois for about three months now, but it’s a nationwide program. 

You get on line to find the distribution center in your area, then place your order. On the designated day every two weeks, your order comes.

Honestly, I don’t know how they manage it, but here’s how it works.  Every two weeks a truck comes with fresh in-season produce. When you sign up for the first time, it’s a total of $19.50 to cover processing and whatever.  But after that the basic is $16. You never know what you will get, but it will always be good quality fresh produce.

Here is the link to participate.

 Our First Order

 The veggies included six tomatoes, one bunch of broccoli, one bunch of spinach, 3 burpless cucumbers, a head of romaine lettuce, and a bunch of the largest radishes I’ve ever seen.

The fruit included six tangerines, a large bunch of grapes, nine bananas, eight apples, two avocados, and even a small box of blackberries!  Mike and I will be treating ourselves to those berries this evening. Just the berries alone cost almost half the price of the whole order.

 Most of the bananas were nearly ripe, but a few were green. The tomatoes were just turning, but had not been gassed.  Everything else was fresh, large and beautiful. And frankly on our budget, I’ve never been able to afford to buy those burpless cucumbers, but they are really tasty!

If you choose, you can order additional items.  We only bought the basic package the first time, just to see what we would get. Here is the bread order. Looks like it includes five loaves of whole-grain bread.

You can also order extra organic veggies. I couldn’t see everything in the bag, but I could see a large eggplant, fresh mushrooms, cilantro, a large onion, and a bunch of parsley.  I didn’t have time to find out what else was in the package.

The next time we are going to order some olive oil.

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