This is only a portion of it!
So we had some great results for our Bountiful Baskets produce pickup this week! As we have mentioned many times before, this is a key way to buy produce and save money. We have mentioned this as one of 30 Ways to Save Money On Produce. But with that in mind, one thing we like about our produce co-op (Bountiful Baskets) is that not only do they have the conventional basket for $15, the organic basket for $25, but they also have extras that you can buy each week.
With that in mind, we were super excited to see that there was an extra offering of Pineapple – 19 lb. boxes for $12. We were so excited that we got 2 boxes as we knew we could freeze it and use it for several months! We love pineapple, but it is very pricey and one pineapple doesn’t go very far for our family! But it is still a treat – so to be able to have 16 pineapples was very exciting!
So here’s the results!
First, this week – we did order an Organic Basket for $25:
- 1 organic celery hearts
- 1 package of organic baby portabello mushrooms
- 3 large organic Gala apples
- 6 small organic Mango (another favorite in our family!)
- 2 large organic orange bell peppers
- 1 package of organic green beans
- 1 bag with 5 organic kiwis
- 1 sm. head of organic cauliflower
- 2 organic zucchini
- 1 bunch or organic carrots
- 1 bunch of very large organic asparagus
Then we spent and additional $24 for two boxes of 19lb.s of pineapples each (38 lbs. total), which ends up being 16 pineapples (so $1.50 each pineapple, which is a decent price). Before buying, we only had how many lb.s (the 19 lbs. each box for $12). We were not sure how many actual pineapples this would equate to! But we were happy with the value! Plus they are very fresh!
So for $49, we got all of the above produce! We are pleased with this week’s results as the organic version of much of the produce in the store would be more than $25. Plus the value in all of the fresh pineapple made getting up early this morning to grab them very worth it!
So the next question is….. what do you do with all of that pineapple? Well, freeze it of course! Read up on this post here for how to Cut and Freeze pineapple! We did not freeze two of the 16 pineapples so that we can enjoy them fresh the next couple of days!
Finally, we have also posted this information before, but we wanted to keep posting it in these posts so that everyone reading can have some ideas on how to get involved with a produce coop:
First, our specific co-op is Bountiful Baskets and they are available in many states across the nation (mostly Western states). You can find information about Bountiful Baskets and if they are available in your area.
Second, there are many produce co-ops and grocery co op groups and it’s various forms across the nation that you can join and be a part of. A good place to start looking is at a the site localharvest.org (which is going to help you get organic local food) or coopdirectory.org (I am not sure how updated this site is as our area’s listings were old and many not listed, but at least worth a shot!) or search produce co-op your state under google and see what listings come up.