Every other Saturday is Bountiful Baskets day at our house – unless it’s a hiking day.
(Yes, shameless bragging about the beautiful Black Hills!)
What is Bountiful Baskets? Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op distributing fruits, vegetables, breads and occasional other fun stuff to locations in twenty states (sorry Ruthy, New York isn’t on the list). Because your participation includes volunteering once in a while (our locations request us to volunteer about four times a year), the food is available for lower prices than I can get anywhere else but my own garden. I usually buy the conventional basket – about a bushel of fresh fruits and vegetables for $15.00.
Here’s a link to their website if you want to know more: www.bountifulbaskets.org.
BUT, this post isn’t to promote Bountiful Baskets, it’s about the FUN part! Frequent visitors to Farmer’s Markets get to have this same fun experience: what do you do with all that produce once you get home?
Here’s what we picked up Saturday morning:
1 bunch celery
1 head Romaine lettuce
2 bunches Broccoli
4 green Bell peppers
8 oz. container mushrooms
1 bunch Tuscan kale
And a few pounds of sweet cherries
Some of the items are easy, but others needed more thought.
The celery, lettuce, broccoli and cherries were easy – washed and put into the crisper drawer to bring out in meals over the next few days.
The bananas and peaches were still a bit green, so they went into a paper bag to ripen. After three days they should be ready to eat.
The peppers were washed, sliced and put into the freezer for future use.
The mushrooms were used on homemade pizza Saturday night J
The cantaloupe was cut into chunks for eating with meals and snacking.
The Tuscan kale was new for me, but I love kale. I decided to use this bunch in soup on Wednesday – a knock off of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana (recipe to follow another week!)
And then there were the mangoes.
I have to admit, I had never eaten mangoes before I started getting Bountiful Baskets. I had no idea how to prepare them, how they tasted, if my family would like them…
The internet is wonderful, isn’t it? Youtube has all kinds of videos on how to cut a mango. Here’s one of them:
Now I know you can make salsa out of them, cook with them, use them in salads…but did you see that picture? Two little mangoes in this week’s basket. They were eaten for lunch on Saturday.
What is your favorite part about getting a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies? And what's the most recent NEW thing you've tried - or don't you like letting your palate travel on the wild side? (Virginia, we already know about your wild side!)