Bountiful Baskets

I’ve heard of Bountiful Baskets Co-op before, but was always a little suspicious of it. I don’t like wasting my money and getting total crap in return. Since our vacation is right around the corner (another post on that anal retentiveness will be along shortly) I knew I didn’t want to do my normal Costco shopping. So it was the proper time to cave in, and the fact that Bountiful Baskets site had a Tropical pack this week was the final push.

The cost is really not that much, and they call it a “contribution”.

1 Traditional Basket – $15
First time Basket Fee – $3
Transaction Fee – $1.50
Tropical Pack – $10.50

Grand Total – $30

I also admit that I may have Googled to find pictures of the produce others have gotten just to reassure myself. So naturally I snapped a few myself…

Contents of one “contribution”

I got – 1 head of lettuce, 1 head of broccoli, 2 heads of garlic, 3 avocados, 1 pack grape tomatoes, 1 melon, 1 pineapple, 6 bananas, 8 nectarines, 5 oranges, 1 pack strawberries

Tropical Pack

The Tropical Pack contained – 2 vanilla beans, 1 pineapple, 3 lemons, 1 plantain, 1 bag mint, 2 mangoes, 10 lychee, and 2 chunks of ginger

We’ve never had lychee before! The only down side is that one mango is a little bruised, and the vanilla is a little dry (but if I plop it in a jar of sugar I’m not going to care I’m sure). I also would have liked a little more veggies since I got tons of fruit, but for $30 I’m not going to complain. Despite the fact that I have to be up early on a Saturday to go get this I think it’s pretty worth while. Maybe I’ll expand my horizons more next time, and make use of some of the bulk stuff they sell, like the 22 pounds of cauliflower I could have gotten for like $14 this time (but didn’t since I don’t have the time to put it away this week). My BB co-op only runs every other week, but I’ll keep posting the goodies I get. 🙂

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