Today I picked up my first produce order from the local food purchasing cooperative. For only $8 we received:
- 5 onions
- 3 giant potatoes
- 5 big carrots (one 2 lb bag)
- 6 green apples
- 5 bananas
- 1 cantaloupe
All that for less than the cost of two Starbucks lattes. There was so much there I couldn’t quite fit everything into my shopping bag!
This is great. It’s convenient and it’s cost effective: I just stop by the pickup point (right near my office) to pick up my box of food, drop off $8 for next month’s order, and I’m done!
The cooperatives do appreciate volunteer help with pickup and packaging, but with this one, at least, it’s not mandatory (The Boy will probably go and spend a day now and then helping with the weighing and packaging). Even without my time, though, my membership increases the cooperative’s bulk buying power and so my contribution of dollars also helps everyone else.
If you have a food cooperative like this in your area, please consider joining, even – or maybe especially - if you can afford store prices on your groceries. The more people who participate, the better it works: and there are a lot of people who could use a discount on their grocery bill.