One of our newest family traditions has become a bi-monthly favorite in our home. For the past few months I've been apart of a Fruit & Veggie Co-op! Every other Tuesday we enjoy heaping baskets of fresh fruits and veggies at a very affordable price. We're always excited to get our laundry basket that's been filled with wonderful fruits and vegetables and plan our meals around them.
This week we had 10 participants. Normally we have about 15-16, but with summer and vacations we're smaller in numbers. But each person puts in $15 and 2 of us head out EARLY every other Tuesday to score big on some great produce. It's a hole in the wall acre or two that is lined with trailers, tents, aluminum sheds, etc. Each "booth" has their produce lined up in boxes and trailers for you to see as you drive through the winding rows. There's an excitement and chaos that makes you want to jump right out and buy the first box of goodies you see, but the key to purchasing all this amazing food it to be patient.
We have a clip board that lists all the fruits and veggies and the average price that has been paid in the past. As we drive through the passenger jots down the booth number and pricing per box of whatever fruit and veggie we're interested in....windows down, we yell out, "How much for a box?" They flash up their fingers or yell out the price and the passenger notes it down. We make a pass through the isles and alleys and then decide which deals are the best. We head back through another time, but this time it's for bargaining and buying.
Today we had $150 to spend. This is what we got for $15 per person -
- 50 lbs of red potatoes $10 a bag
- Romaine lettuce heads $14 for a box of 24
- Strawberries $10 for 10 pints
- Blackberries $12
- Box of peaches $12
- Box of green beans $13
- Watermelon $1 each
- Cantaloupe .40 cents each
- Bananas $13 Box of a gazillion!!!
- Corn on the Cob $14 HUGE box
- Pineapple $15 Box of 12
- Zucchini $ 11 Box
- Cherry Tomatoes $10 - 12 pints
Here's my PILE of goods....and a watermelon too that didn't make it in the picture!
It's so much yummy, fresh, healthy food! I love it! Look into starting a co-op in your area. You have to find a place that sells like this, but they're usually everywhere, you just have to search for them. It's a healthy and inexpensive way to feed your family...and of course, a tradition that EVERYONE loves!