Basically, Bountiful Baskets is a non for profit produce co-op based out of Arizona. They have contracted with small farms all over the Southwestern United States and Mexico to buy fresh produce directly. The co-op provides produce to sites in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and because they buy their fruits and vegetables in very large quantities they have a buying power that allows them to purchase the produce at wholesale. This allows them to provide the service at such a reasonable price. A basket of 50% fruit and50% vegetables is $15.00 ($25.00 for an organic basket)!
On Monday or Tuesday (depending on which state you live in) at a specified time (which are available on their website) the offerings for the week are posted. Each week, in addition to the basic basket, they sometimes offer side items. Generally, 9 Grain bread is offered each week, but they have also offered granola, bulk quantities of carrots, strawberries, and peaches, snack bars, tortillas, Italian vegetables and herbs, and Mexican vegetables and herbs. Side items change weekly. If you log on to the site you can view the weeks offerings.
To purchase a basket you need to:
- Go to Bountiful Basket's website and log on at your state's specified time.
- Click on your state's icon located on the home page.
- Select the location site where you want to pick up your basket.
- Select how many baskets you wish to purchase (you can order up to three). Fair warning though, you will get a lot of produce in just one basket (to get an idea of what is included in an average basket click here)!
- Select any sides you want to purchase.
- When you have finished making your selections, go to checkout to pay and receive your confirmation number.
- You must pay for your basket with a Visa or Mastercard (you will be charged a $1.50 handling fee each week when you purchase your basket).
- Print off your receipt.
Important info. you need to know if you want to participate:
- If you want a certain location log on and a purchase your basket as soon as it is your state's turn.
- You need to bring the printed copy of your receipt with you to pick up your basket.
- Bring your own "basket" to take your produce home. I recommend a large laundry basket, or several large reusable grocery bags. Something with handles works best.
- Show up on time to pick up your basket.
- If you can't pick it up yourself, send someone to get it for you. If you don't pick it up it is donated to charity (at your expense) and you are banned from participating forever.
- Dress for the weather. Most locations are outside and you will have to wait in line for a few minutes.
- Make sure to pick up all of your items. Side items are located at a second table.
- Basic basket $15.00
- Basic organic basket $25.00
- 9 Grain Bread (5 loaves for $10.00)
- 7 dozen tortillas (3 dozen large flour, 2 dozen small flour, 2 dozen small white corn) $10.00
- Mexican pack $7.50
- Italian pack $7.50
- Tropical granola $10.00
- 30 cranberry bars $10.00
- A flat of strawberries $6.00
- 24 pound box of peaches $12.50
- Ciabatta bread (5 loaves) $10.00
If you live in Pocatello, Idaho there are currently four locations available:
- Holt Arena parking lot
- Westwood Mall parking lot
- Wilk's Funeral Home parking lot
- a private home in Chubbuck(sorry, I can't remember the address)