The Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op, a nationwide program that offers affordable produce baskets, has made its way to Trent.
Sally Stevens and Tanya Jolly created the Co-op back in May of 2006 in efforts to make eating healthy affordable to everyone.
For $15.00, contributors can get a half fruit - half vegetable produce basket delivered to a drop off point near their home, in this case, Trent.
How does it work? Go online to Bountifulbaskets.org and sign up to contribute your $15.00 the Monday prior to the delivery date. There are 96 baskets available for every drop off date, which in Trent’s case, is every other week.
You can also purchase what they call “add on” items, which are items that are in season, such as strawberries, for an additional fee.
Baskets usually include such things as lettuce and cabbage, along with fruits such as plums, kiwis and blueberries.
A basket this size is suggested to cost, around $50.00 retail according to the Bountiful Baskets website, while maintaining the same quality as the fruits and vegetables found at grocery stores. Organic baskets are also available and require a contribution cost of $25.00.
The Co-op is run completely by volunteers and they are always looking for more. For more information, head to the website listed above.
Next four drop off dates: August 3rd, August 17th, August 31st, and September 14th. Pick up will be available behind the Trent Fire Hall at 2:15 p.m.