A few weeks ago, I googled “food co-op, Phoenix AZ” and discovered Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op. You contribute at the beginning of the week on Monday and on Saturday, you pick up the produce. You don’t get to choose anything specific, just organic or traditional. The traditional basket is $15 and the organic is $25. I decided to try the organic basket and this is what I got:
There are several other things you can get in addition to your basket. They offer bread, tortillas, and even a whole case of mangoes at a great discount price. This varies weekly. I ordered the “mexican pack” because I love those veggies particularly. This cost and additional $7:
I arrived at a public park early this morning to pick up my produce at my assigned time of 7:30. That means getting up a little earlier than usual, but it was completely worth it. Personally, I love not getting to choose the specifics. I get to be inspired by the ingredients. Later in the afternoon, we went grocery shopping at our usual store for non-produce items (and a few more hot peppers because I use them in everything.) I had the chance to see what produce I got in the basket and plan my shopping accordingly.
First thing I made was salsa:
Then I baked some muffins (with the over-ripe bananas from last week):
And finally I made this pasta and chard dish with the beautiful organic chard I got today. I’ve never seen such enormous chard! It was delicious.
Tomorrow, I’ll be making enchiladas with the green tomatillo salsa and black bean soup.
Not only did Bountiful Baskets turn out to be a great deal, it also really inspired me in the kitchen. I’m planning to purchase my produce from BB from now on.