Like Leaner over at Three Snakes and a Rooster, I too started today with a vegetable co-op that is here in the valley called Bountiful Baskets. I love the philosophy behind co-ops and was so happy to hear about it.
They offer conventional baskets, or organic, and because we had an organic drop off close by, and because I am always looking for affordable, convenient ways to buy organic, I opted for the organic basket. This is what we got for $28.50 which is the price for first time participants, $27.50 for baskets after that including a $1.50 delivery expense fee.
You can't really see clearly but there are two lettuces, (we had a choice of an extra head of celery or lettuce, I went for the celery), four punnets of strawberries, three bunches of green onions,several tomatoes and plums, two bunches of beets, several squash, and two bunches of broccoli.
I was truly delighted that we got so much and at how fresh it is! I challenge anyone to go to a store and try to get that much organic produce for $28.50! It all comes from California so that although it does travel a fair distance, it isn't as far as some of the imported veggies I have been buying.
The co-op occurs every two weeks, so by supplementing with veggies from the farmers market during the other week, I feel as though I will be combining the obvious benefits of supporting local farmers, and that of affordable, convenient organic food for my family. It is a compromise, but I feel that for now it is a good one. This will also allow me to stay within my weekly grocery budget easily I think, and with mostly organic produce, yeah!!!!
Now I am off to plan some meals for all that lovely produce. It will certainly last a while I feel sure, and I will definitely be doing this again!