Matt and I always talk about how we need to eat more fresh foods and eat healthier. I'm not sure why we don't do a better job of it, with him working for a produce warehouse and all!
Anyway, a couple co-workers of mine take part is what is called "Bountiful Baskets Co-Op." It is where you get online each Monday morning at 9 am, mountain time, and you "participate." By participating, you are clicking on your appropriate state, then county, then pick-up location, and buying one of these produce baskets.
The catch is that they sell out extremely fast! I have been trying to get a Bountiful Basket for about four weeks, and I finally got one! I logged onto the website at 8:57 am, and literally was hitting the refresh button about every 10-15 seconds. (When I picked up my basket on Saturday morning, I learned that my specific site had sold out in four minutes!!)
Each site has a specific number of baskets available, and when they're gone, your site disappears from the list, and you know it's sold out. The baskets cost $15, and you don't know specifically what you're going to get. All you know is that it's 50% fruit and 50% vegetables. There are also organic baskets, juice packs, and bread packs available for additional fees. I stuck with the conventional produce basket for my first contribution. My basket this week had asparagus (one of my favorite veggies!), broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, and onions. It also had mangos, apples, bananas, grapefruits, and tangerines.
Matt, being the produce guru, told me I could get the same amount of produce at the grocery store for about the same amount, give or take a few dollars. Not sure if that's true, or he was just a grumpy gus about the whole idea. :)
Anyway, I walked in the door with this produce basket in my hands, and my boys literally attacked me, begging for some! My boys LOVE fruit. I'm always happy to give it to them, since it's nice and healthy. Within 10 minutes of being home, we had demolished two apples, a grapefruit, and one of the mangos!
I cut up the broccoli and made broccoli and beef, like you get at a Chinese restaurant, on Sunday evening. Saturday evening, we had roasted asparagus with our pasta. I'm trying to decide what to do with the onions. They'll last a while, but I want to eat them soon, just because they're delish! Once I have more than two minutes at a time, I'm going to cook up the cauliflower and freeze some of it, and make a cauliflower "pizza crust" out of it, to see what all the fuss is about with that new fad recipe.
Over all, I'm very happy with my Bountiful Basket, though I'm anxious to go to a grocery store and price out some produce to see if I saved money or not! Once I find out, I'll let you know. In the mean time, enjoy the photos of my yummy fresh produce!
Here's to healthy eating, friends!