Bountiful Baskets

In my search for a CSA to get produce through, I came across the Bountiful Baskets website. I really didn’t understand it exactly or know what a basket included but for $15 compared to the $45 one from the CSA we used to buy from, it seemed worth trying out just once. I waited until a Monday, which is the window when you can “contribute” to a pool which is used to purchase the produce. Then today I drove out into the country to pick up my basket. I brought a couple small grocery bags and Phineas. How much food could it really be after all? Turns out a lot. And the nicest people, a sweet volunteer held Phineas and walked him around while I loaded up my stuff. Here is my fresh loot:

2 heads of cabbage
1 bunch of radishes
7 nectarines
7 white peaches
1 honeydew melon
1 bunch of bok choy
5 cucumbers
3 zucchini
5 granny smith apples
1 bunch radishes
5 lb bag of potatoes
2 big bunches of bananas

Granted, it’s not organic, though many locations have organic available for a bit more cost.  But with all the eaters in this house, we can’t possibly eat everything organic.  I try to skip the important ones or opt to pay more when it matters more – like berries, grapes, peaches, etc.  Regardless, it was all very fresh and except the bananas, none of it was flown in from out of the country – it was all from the US.  And they aim to source as local as possible depending on the season.

All in all, I was astounded at how much good food I walked away with for only $15.  Nothing on the website really tells you what is actually in an average basket.  It was a more than pleasant surprise!  I don’t have the time or the dedication to be a super-awesome coupon mom but I do like a good deal on food we actually eat.  My experience thus far with coupons is that they are great deals yes but they are rarely for food we use.   If I could find a coupon for a 20 pound bag of short grain organic brown rice now that would be nice…or possibly one for raw milk fresh from the farm?  Unlikely indeed!



That is an awesome deal! All that local food for $15!
We just found a local CSA as well but you can also buy as you want from a Amish store front they use. We are going out in 2 weeks to load up on Grass Fed Beef and fresh veggies…can’t wait!
I am with you on the coupons. I think it is amazing some of the deals that you can come up with, but rarely are they for items we would eat.

Happy eating 🙂