I joined a food co-op a few weeks ago in the hope of forcing our family to eat more fresh food, and getting that food for less money. You pay $15 plus $1.50 for handling or something, and you get a random basket of approximately half fruit, half vegetables. I have been very pleased with the results both times I have participated. My friend weighed her food and guessed that if she had bought everything on a good sale, she still would have saved $5 on that much food.
Pictured above is the tray after I had begun roasting the tomatillos, poblanos, onions, jalapenos, and some other mystery pepper from the Mexican add-on two weeks ago. The Mexican add-on was $7.50, and also included cilantro, lime, green onion, and avocado. I followed the recipes over here for Chiles Rellenos, and they were fantastic. The tomatillo sauce was a little heavy on the lime for me, but it was also delectable on a salad with ranch.
The co-op also offers bread, and sometimes other things are available by the case, such as tomatoes right now, or peaches in August. This week's option was an Italian pack that had Italian parsley, red onion, yellow onion, spaghetti squash, rosemary, basil, and some other herbs, and I can't remember what else.
There is a $3 sign-up fee, which I presume goes toward the baskets. The co-ordinator keeps them and separates the produce into them, then you go pick them up in your own box or basket. The co-op is run entirely by volunteers. We would like to get a drop in Hurricane, since right now we are taking turns driving to Cedar City to pick them up. If you are interested, check out the site here. This co-op is available in many Utah and Arizona locations. If we get 30 people, we think we can have a drop-off here. Let me know if you are interested!