The Skinny on Bountiful Baskets

The skinny on Bountiful Baskets #healthy #nutrition #eatyourfruitsandveggies #food #co-op

Oilfield life often comes with living in small towns with inflated prices on groceries. Selections are scarce, prices are high, lines are long, and trying to find good-for-you foods is just plain inconvenient. If you happen to live in a location near a Bountiful Baskets drop-off point, I highly suggest taking advantage of what is offered!

What is Bountiful Baskets? Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer-driven cooperative that aims to deliver produce, both organic and not, breads, and other food products to participants at low prices. Every other week on Monday, you can place a contribution online and it will be delivered to your location choice that weekend. It’s always a surprise what you will find in your basket! They usually consist of half fruits and half veggies, and you will find old favorites and a few new foods that you may have never heard of!  Chayote, anyone?

Bountiful Baskets also feature various add-on packs for an additional price… breads, tortillas, Mexican packs, granola, bulk fruit.

How much does it cost?  It depends on how much and what you buy! I will share the cost breakdown of my latest purchase {above photo is my haul}:

Conventional Basket: $15
Upgrade to Organic: $10

Add-Ons:
Mexican Theme Pack: $8.50
Tortilla Pack: $10.50
Sourdough Bread: $10
Granola: $10
Assorted Bread Pack: $10
Juicing Pack: $8
Blackberries: $14.25

Handling Fee: $1.50
Grand Total: $97.75

You most certainly don’t have to add on all the various foods; you can simply pay your $15 for a conventional basket and that’s that! But, damn, the other stuff is GOOD! I love, love the breads and tortillas, and they can be frozen until needed!

If you think there is no way possible that you can consume or prepare all that food, find a friend to share it with!

Is there a co-op in my area? You can check the available locations here. If you don’t have a Bountiful Baskets co-op already established in your community, why not start one? It may take a little more work on your part, but then again, most good things do!

How do I sign-up and place an order? It’s really easy. You create an account at the Bountiful Baskets site, then wait until it’s time to contribute for your basket. When selecting your contribution, you will also select your pick-up location.  Contributions {orders} are accepted Mondays at 9:00 a.m. for Wyoming, 10:00 a.m. for Utah & Montana, and 12:00 p.m. for all other states. Make sure you follow the rotating A & B week schedule. I can’t tell you how many times I have been busy refreshing my screen at 1 p.m. on contribution day, only to later find out that I was on the wrong week!

Some sites sell out super-fast. Like, within MINUTES. Each site only has a limited number of baskets {I think around 100?} and if you have an active Bountiful Baskets community, they will be gone within a blink of your eyes! I set an alarm on my phone to remind me every other week!

How do I pick-up my basket? You will find a pick-up time on your contribution confirmation email. You must be there within a 20-minute window, or you forfeit your food and it will be given to a local fire station. In case of mechanical issues or nasty weather, update emails will be sent out before your scheduled pick-up. If you can’t make it during that time, you can send someone else, as long as they have a copy of your confirmation.

You will also notice that there is a volunteer time next to the pick-up time. Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food cooperative and runs only because of volunteers. Try and put some time in to helping out every few months! Without people willing to donate their time, Bountiful Baskets cannot happen!

Bring something to put your produce in! Despite the name, you are NOT given a basket to carry your goods in! The Organic baskets will come in a box, the conventional baskets do not. Laundry baskets work great, as do boxes and reusable totes!

Any other questions? Check out their FAQ page!

Looking for ways to use your stash of produce? Try out healthy recipes from Shrinking Kitchen!
Curious about juicing? Read about the basics of juicing!
Wondering how to store all your fresh foods? Read this produce storage guide!

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 Full Disclosure: I was not paid for this post, I am simply writing it to inform everyone of the greatness of Bountiful Baskets! All opinions are my own!

About melissa

Melissa is the Founder of ROW and has been an oilfield wife for 14 years. She has been married to a wonderful man forever and is mother to six amazing children (17,14, 10, 10 and 2 and a foster baby!). Melissa knows the struggles that come along with the oilfield life. When Melissa isn't helping her little girl battle her brain tumors (Love for Jazmine Joy), she loves to travel, laugh, tend to her chickens, and dream of sunshine and mountains.
melissa@shrinkingjeans.net

Comments

  1. Great write-up. Just one comment and that’s to say that A LOT of the Bountiful Baskets sites run weekly, not just every other week. It all depends on which site you are using. 🙂

  2. Tara Hayes Lane says:

    Moving to Odessa next week and I’m thrilled to find out there is 6 co-ops in the area! I’m from North Texas and we finally got our own co-op in January. Glad I dont have to give it up! We love BB!!

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