Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bountiful Baskets

Since our last post, we have discovered a fruit and vegetable co-op  called 'Bountiful Baskets' . It is a frugal way to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Every week at 12:00PM CDT we go online to and purchase 2 baskets. (You can purchase up to 3 baskets. For our family of six, 2 baskets is plenty)  Each basket costs $15.00. When you send in your order, you will receive a receipt in your e-mail telling you when and where in your local area, you can pick up your basket. This co-op program came to our local community a few years ago. Check the website to see if there's a pick up location in your area.

The contents of our basket changes every week. We usually get our basic fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, apples, bananas, etc. Other then that, the items in your basket are mostly seasonal totaling $30-$40 when bought locally. We are always learning how to cook new delicious foods every week. 

You can also purchase add-ons which are large quantities of in season fruits and vegetables. The prices are very low. For example, 2 weeks ago we purchased 20 pounds of Roma tomatoes for $12.00. With these tomatoes we made fresh homemade salsa. See recipe as follows

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
2 1/2 cups onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups green peppers chopped
1 cup jalapeno pepper, chopped
6 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp white sugar
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup tomato powder (dehydrated tomatoes blended into powder)
2 can (or equivalent cooked from dry) black beans
4 cups frozen corn
Mix all ingredients in large pot.  Lightly boil.  Pack hot salsa in sterile jars.  Process in water bath 10 minutes.  Makes 7-9 pints to 4-5 quarts

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering  kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, 
self-control. against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Blessings as you add more fruits to your life