If I haven’t already mentioned it, I’m a food snob. It’s not that I won’t eat things that are “bad” for you because I certainly do but rather I’m picky about where and what I buy. It doesn’t always make sense. I won’t buy produce from Walmart (can you say Monsanto?) but I’ll drink diet mountain dew knowing full well the vile things that are in it (look up BVO). For the record I’m trying to quit.
One of the things I have really come to love is a volunteer driven service called Bountiful Baskets. I never knew this existed before I moved here but essentially you buy a basket every week which is $15.00. You can pay a little more for organic if you want. You never know what your going to get but you get a 50/50 split of fruit and vegetable. This week I got strawberries, watermelon, bananas, a pineapple, pears, lemon, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. You can also add other things that might be available that week and it’s always different. This week I added a bread pack which consisted of 2 loaves of sweet 9 grain organic bread, 2 loaves of English muffin bread and 1 baguette for $12.00 and I also got a guacamole pack which came with a bunch of Haas avocados, jalapeno onion, garlic, lemon, cilantro green onion and tomato. This add on was $8.50.
This is a lot of produce you say? Well sure, but I’ll use most of it. We wrap the bread well and freeze it, using it one loaf at a time. Things like potatoes, onions and jalapenos last longer than other things so those I can parcel out over the next 2 weeks. The stuff that goes quickly I’ll use immediately. For example the strawberries I’ll use in salad tomorrow and the pineapple I’ll use to make a pineapple upside down cake. The watermelon is already gone and the lemons I’ll parcel out during the week in my water. If you find it’s too much, get a friend to go in half with you. If you want to find them online go to their website, www.bountifulbaskets.org and they have many Facebook pages, one for each state that they operate in.