I've posted about Bountiful Baskets before, but I thought I'd put out another shout for them because they truly are fantastic! This is our haul this weekend. My kiddos insisted on being in the picture after they helped me place everything out. For $16.50 we got:
6 bananas, 4 grapefruits, 10 pears, 8 lemons, 7 apples, 1 pineapple, 7 Roma tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 bundle of asparagus, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch of Romaine lettuce PLUS a surprise vegetable which I'm not sure what it is or how to prepare it. It is really pretty and smells really good, almost sweet, not like lettuce & cabbage usually smell. It could easily go into a salad or into a potato soup (like Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana which usually has Kale)
By the way - Have you used Bountiful Baskets? Is it available in your area? Not sure? Check it out:
Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC) distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, breads and other products weekly. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, as a group they pay rock bottom prices on your food. (You pay $15 for a regular basket and $25 for organic, for approx $50 worth of food. It is super fresh, fairly locally grown (meaning California instead of Ecuador, etc).
The co-op would not happen without volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include helping prepare the baskets, breaking down boxes, assisting with the distribution, and packing up. If you are interested, check the website for local site, order your basket, and then to help out simply arrive an hour early dressed and ready to work with water to drink.