I participated in my first produce co-op this morning. I got a huge box full of organic fruits and veggies from Boutiful Baskets for $25. The frustration is that you don't know what you're getting until you get there and you can't order specific foods. Today, I got:
1 bunch grapes
1 pkg strawberries
1 bunch green onions
1 head green leaf lettuce
10 huge red potatoes
1 bunch celery
2 bunches radishes (what am I supposed to do with these? Suggestions? Ideas?)
I went to Sprouts last night and bought a gazillion peaches for 39 cents/lb to freeze and some zucchini to make these this weekend. I also bought wheat germ and pumpkin seeds that I was missing to make these pancakes for breakfast. Mike wasn't as fond of the nutty topping (he suggested I add pecans next time) but the whole wheat pancakes were awesome. The best recipe I've found for homemade pancakes yet, so that will be my standard recipe that I use from now on. Plus, when I saw Ellie Krieger make them (on her show Healthy Appetite on Food Network), she said not to over mix the batter or try to get the lumps out because it will make tough pancakes. Really??? I love the tips I learn from cooking shows. These pancakes were super fluffy and had just enough sweetness from the honey. And I'll definitely add apples again...they were soft and warm and the perfect touch. Delish.
The other co-op I'm in love with is my babysitting co-op. I wish I could get more people on board with starting a babysitting co-op with friends or neighbors. I'm saving so much money (and stress!) and Ryan is making great little friends. We exchange carnival tickets as "payment" and everything's even and fair. I've done all of the research and created all of the forms needed, and I'm happy to share everything for free. Just email me at ktksu(at)yahoo(dot)com and put "Babysitting Co-Op" in the subject line.