Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets?
Then you NEED to check them out!
I live in North Dakota. Our selection of fresh fruits and veggies are usually not very impressive and also expensive because the cost of living is high here. Going to the grocery store I can pay $7 for a bag of apples!
I got ALL of this fruit and veggies for less than $40. No joke! I got the regular basket and added on a juice pack. Awesome! Best of all, it's all fresh!
When you order a regular basket, you do not get to choose what produce you want, it's a surprise. Usually 50% fruit 50% vegetables. I think I have always received apples in mine, usually celery and lettuce as well. But it changes all the time depending what is in season. It's a great way to try new things! I had eggplant for my first time ever thanks to Bountiful Basket and it was delicious! You can also freeze a lot of the fruits like the strawberries, blueberries and bananas for smoothies :) Or flash freeze veggies to use when you need them! I have about 10 lbs of broccoli sitting in my freezer right now!
First, just make an account. Then, on Mondays you get on the site. Click "participate now". It will show you which states are open for ordering. My state, North Dakota, becomes available at 11am. I click on North Dakota, then click on my county and then choose the pick up location I want to use. Sometimes (like today), the baskets sell out fast, so it's a good idea to be online right at the time your baskets come available for order! It can be a little confusing at first, just trying to figure out how it all works.
Once you order, you'll get your confirmation email which you will need with you when you pick up your basket and any add ons, on the pick up day. My pick up day is Saturday's. I think most states are Saturday but some are Friday, your email confirmation will have the pick up time and location in it. Then you go pick up your basket, which you have a 20 minute window to do that, so don't forget!
The semi brings the produce, volunteers unload and separate everything into the baskets for pickup. It is encouraged to volunteer at least every 5th time you order. Volunteering is how they manage to keep the costs down so we get great produce for a low price! I know my pick up location has a Facebook page, it is a good idea to check if yours does so you can keep updated on if they are short on volunteers or if the semi is running late, etc.
So check out www.bountifulbaskets.org if you haven't already, you can thank me later ;)