Dale, naturally, asked me if this is really worth it. I told him I think it is, and this kind of thing (to this extreme) is not the usual.
But it is frustrating. So why do I do this?
|One of Saturday's baskets
- I get more produce for the dollar than I could get if I went shopping myself. This week, for instance, I priced out my per-basket cost, and my $15 basket would have cost $26.34 at Safeway. So I got an extra $11 worth of produce. Times 3 baskets. Roughly $80 of produce for $46.50. This is actually the lowest value I've ever had when I priced them out.
- I've budgeted for my Bountiful Baskets contribution each week. That means that I know absolutely that I will be getting fresh produce into my house. If I were going into the store with just a general grocery budget, I'd look at the prices and freak. I'd buy potatoes, onions, and occasionally a bunch of bananas or a bag of apples. Occasionally, I'd buy lettuce (not lately though). But that's it.
- Bountiful Baskets means that my family has a variety of vegetables, and we can eat fresh fruit almost every day. Usually multiple servings. I could never afford this otherwise.
- My children are learning to like a huge variety of fruits and veggies. Brussels sprouts? I never would have bought them, and now they are a family favorite.
- I'm preserving some for our more long-term storage. Tomatoes, salsa, apple/pomegranate mix, peppers, onions, carrrots, canned pears, pickled spicy veggies, pickles, to name a few... we're able to store up the excess.
- I love the people I've met at Bountiful Baskets. Love 'em.
- I've learned about a bunch of other great things through the people I've met at Bountiful Baskets. Like Zaycon Foods. Through Zaycon, I bought 80 pounds of fabulous chicken breasts at a good price.
- The "I have no idea what we're going to get" factor is fun. Some weeks, like this past one, the basket is filled with fairly normal, staple-types of produce. Potatoes, onions, celery, green peppers -- how much more "normal" can you get for veggies? Nothing in this basket really requires much thought from me. Some baskets force me to be more creative. I like that. Because if I was spending money individually, I'd never try some of these things.
- I was already pretty good at using up whatever we had around. Bountiful Baskets brought that to a whole new level. When I started doing the baskets, I would invariably end up tossing out a few things at the end of the two weeks (and that was with getting 1-2 baskets every second week). Now, I get 1-2 baskets (or three this past weekend) nearly every weekend, and I rarely have to toss things.
- I feel more a part of my community since Bountiful Baskets came out onto the plains than I ever used to.