When we lived in Missouri, there was a food co-op organized by one of the local churches but they mostly ordered boxed type goods – cereals, mixes, flours, pudding mixes, etc. After a bit of searching, I found a co-op here that mostly orders fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. If we lived near a larger city, or even where there was an HEB or similar type grocery store with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, I’d be so happy . . but there are advantages to small towns so I’m not complaining . . until I go to the grocery store.
Speaking of fresh fruits and veggies, do you wonder how young families or those on very tight budgets are making it these days? Every time I buy fruits and vegetables, or meat or milk for that matter, I get really frustrated at the continued escalating of my grocery bill. Do you ever notice the groceries those around you in line are purchasing? I’m not judgment and there was a time in my life when I probably had a lot of the same things in my cart and I survived. Last week there was a young mom checking out in front of me at the grocery store and her cart was full of packaged meals, chips, cookies . . I didn’t see any fresh vegetables or fruit. It’s a heck of lot less expensive to buy those kinds of things instead of fruits and vegetables. But . . who knows the whole story! Maybe she had jars and jars of home canned veggies at her house and she didn’t need to buy anything like that!
Back to the co-op — yesterday my first order arrived. We have a choice of getting either a large or small veggie box and/or a large or small fruit box. There are all kinds of other things we can order too. I had ordered extra blueberries and extra lettuce. After not having any home grown lettuce for over a year, I was so thrilled with the lettuce! That’s not photoshopped lettuce . . that’s exactly how it looks!
In the fruit box, I had avocados, several kinds of apples, oranges, several kinds of pears, lemons, and grapefruit. There may have been other things I don’t remember.
In the veggie box, the things I remember are celery, carrots, baby baker potatoes, small sweet potatoes, artichokes, collard greens, broccolini, cilantro, cabbage, sweet red bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, Romaine hearts . . and I can’t remember what else. You may see some things in the pictures I haven’t mentioned.
I had never seen the little baby baker potatoes and they’re so cute. I love baked potatoes but they’re so huge. Most of the time Vince and I split one but these little things are perfect for individual baked potatoes for those of us trying to cut back. It’s hard to tell in the picture but the cauliflower is a normal size. Both the baking potatoes and sweet potatoes are tiny.
The cabbage is huge so you can see how big these red peppers are . . the biggest ones I’ve ever seen!
Before you ask, I’ll do another post about what we do with all these fruits and vegetables. Til I can get my garden going, and maybe even as a supplement to the garden, it’s so nice to be able to get such a nice variety of fresh fruits and veggies.