A friend and I formed a sort of "steering committee" about a month ago to bring a Bountiful Baskets co-op drop site to Newcastle in order to obtain really fresh fruits and vegetables. Some here may remember that lack of same was one of the real problems with living in rural NE Wyoming. Little is produced here, and shipping makes the cost at the grocery stores very high.
Linda and I went all the way to Ten Sleep (about 200 miles) to volunteer at one of the established drop points, a requirement to set up your own drop. It only took an hour to unload the truck and distribute the produce into the baskets. We learned a lot, and had the chance to meet some wonderful people.
This is from our first flyer, handed out all over town:
BOUNTIFUL BASKETS FOOD CO-OP
Would you be interested in participating in a food co-op if you could get approximately $50.00 worth of produce for $15.00?
Here are a few things to consider:
#1. Reasons to participate: This is a great deal and you are helping others get a great deal, too. With the conventional produce offering, you get approximately $50.00 worth of grocery store quality produce. This co-op encourages a healthier lifestyle, and you meet great people!
#2. How the co-op works: As a group, we purchase items at deep discounts. Items are usually purchased from a warehouse that supplies produce to many local restaurants and grocery stores. This is the same produce you would get from a restaurant or store, and then distributed evenly among participants.
#3. Basket contents: We get a variety of high-quality seasonal produce. We balance variety with seasonality in order to get the most appealing and cost-effective basket possible.
#4. This is a Co-op: This is a grass-roots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Without volunteers nothing happens, so you will need to help as you are able. Having healthy food at affordable cost is so valuable in our communities. Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC) distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. We all work together for mutual benefit. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group, pay rock bottom prices on the food. All it takes is a little time, energy and a smile.
The co-op is expanding rapidly and new things are being offered all the time. New drop sites can be organized easily. Information is available at the website.
I also got a lug of Utah peaches for another $15. My friend got a lug of tomatoes and a 5 pack of multi grain bread. Each delivery contains different things because the co-op buys whatever is available at the best prices.
I've eaten far too many peaches so far, but most of the rest of them are now safely in the freezer, along with the large red peppers and the strawberries!