It seems every time I go to pick up a few fruits and vegetables, I end up spending a ton of money for almost no food. I don’t know about you, but it’s not worth it to me to buy healthy food because it’s so darn expensive. It’s cheaper to buy junk that’s going to clog your arteries than the stuff your doctors say you will benefit from. And organic? Forget about it. Why spend your weekly paycheck on a head of organic broccoli when a Tostino’s Pizza is only a buck and some change? It makes no economic sense to be healthy. None.
I was introduced to Bountiful Baskets last week. I noticed every Saturday morning there was a line of people at the elementary school in my neighborhood. It turns out, that particular school is a drop off point for the Bountiful Basket co-op.
Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer co-op that delivers produce, regular and organic, and other food items for very little money.
To contribute, you will need to go to their website on Monday morning (this is when they open for contributions). From there, you choose the closest drop off site. Just an FYI, you may want to hunt around for a close site. I live in Collin County, but the closest drop off is under the Dallas county tab. (It’s in my neighborhood, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but no one asked me my opinion.) You will then pay your contribution on their website. This is a mere $15 (add an additional $3 if it is your first basket and $10 for organic). After you put in your information and order your add on items (at an additional charge) you will get a confirmation letting you know what time to show up to the pick up location on the following Saturday.
You will be amazed by how much $15 will get you. When you show up Saturday, you will be given a basket filled to the top with different fruits and veggies. I was told that every week is a little different. Sometimes they throw in special items that you may have never had before. That’s the fun of it I guess. In my basket, my first, I had over two pounds of brussel sprouts. Never had one in my life. Cooked it. Tried it. Loved it.
This was my first haul. I think I had a good variety.
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What are the additional items? They have different breads, muffins, tortillas, coconut oil, and other items ranging from an extra $10-$15. Every week the add-ons are different, so look at all the options before you pass on them.
To be fair, I decided to run out to my local Kroger just to see the comparison of prices from what I got through Bountiful Baskets and what I would have paid at the grocery store. I weighed each of the items, so there may be a discrepancy depending on actual weight of what was given out. Here is a break down:
My Bountiful Baskets basket:
Roma Tomatoes (a little over a pound)
Blackberries (one container)
Bananas (6 which came out to a little over 2 pounds)
Cabbage (2 heads- 2 pounds each)
Broccoli (1 head)
Asparagus (2 bunches at 2 pounds each)
Celery (one bunch)
Red leaf lettus (one bunch)
Green Bell peppers (4 of them)
Brussel Sprouts (2 pounds)
Bosc Pears (6 of them which came out to about 3 pounds)
Apple pears (could not find them at Kroger, so I weighed regular pears instead- 1.5 pounds for 4)
This all equaled $15
Now to my Kroger venture:
Roma Tomatoes: $.99 per pound
Bananas:$.52 per pound
Cabbage: $1.99 per pound
Broccoli: $2.69 each
Asparagus: $2.48 per pound
Celery: $1.59 each
Red leaf lettus: $1.69 each
Green Bell peppers: $.77 each
Brussel Sprouts: $4.99 per pound
Bosc Pears: $.99 per pound
Apple pears: estimating $.99 per pound
Adding all this together it came out to around $48.44 (give or take a few dollars due to my mad weighing skills.)
If I had any doubts about ever contributing again, this comparison has really got me thinking. There is no way I would go back to buying produce from the grocery store. I’ve been throwing money away until now.
If you like being healthy, and you like your green veggies and fruits of all sorts, but hate spending the money for them, check out the Bountiful Baskets website. Find a drop off location near you.
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