Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bountiful Baskets - Change the way you eat in Provo!

Dear Friends,

My sister-in-law introduced me to this amazing new program running in our area. It's more or less a no-overhead food co-op, in the true sense of the word. This isn't a "co-op" where they charge you up the yin-yang for mealy apples from somewhere you've never heard of. This co-op doesn't even really have a physical location. This co-op is pure awesome.

Their website is from the stone ages, but it gets the job done. The story, near as I can piece it together, is that the Bountiful Baskets idea spread from AZ to UT. No more detail is offered on the site.

The money collected from the site is pooled and used to purchase food at wholesale prices from distributors that food services and restaurants usually buy from. They then equally distribute the purchased goods into the baskets which are then assembled by volunteers and picked up by you. My understand is that the money collected from your area ends up in food that comes to you.

These are my spoils from the first week. It rung in at 33.8 lbs - coming out to about 44 cents/lb. I ordered the "basic" basket which is half fruit half vegetable - the exact contents vary.

This, in my opinion, is a revolutionary way to get healthy food to people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it!

SUPPORT BOUNTIFUL BASKETS! (and hopefully they'll start a dropoff in Provo :) )


Merrial, Sage, & Gabe said...

totally awesome!!!

kamille said...

so glad you love it!! my midwife is the co-owner/director of bountiful baskets. it's so great and i'm so happy it's growing!

ashmae said...

awesome, we are going to look into this.