From rainbow carrots to persimmons, apples, oranges and fennel, Bountiful Baskets has something for everyone.
Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op that is run solely by volunteers. With the money from baskets purchased each week, volunteers buy local produce at inexpensive prices.
Customers participating in the program can get large amounts of fruits and vegetables at cheaper prices than they would otherwise buy at a grocery store.
Orders are taken every week between Monday at noon and Tuesday at 10 p.m. The baskets are then picked at a customer-chosen location every Saturday morning.
The program has become increasingly popular among Rexburg residents, with pick locations at Madison Memorial Hospital, Pinnacle Security and The Ridge Health Club.
Some students enjoy participating and learning new things.
“My roommates and I buy it together every week. It’s really awesome to have a variety of vegetables and fruits,” said Christiana Quada, a junior studying theater and speech education. “I like to learn how to cook with the less common vegetables we get.”
Students also like to buy baskets with their roommates and share the produce between them.
“Get it, but share it with roommates. It’s an awesome deal,” said Serene Peterson, a sophomore studying chemistry. “It’s so much cheaper than the grocery stores, and it’s fun to sometimes get those weird things and learn to make something good with them.”
However, some students would rather buy their produce at a grocery store rather than risk getting something they don’t like or know how to use.
“I honestly don’t use Bountiful Baskets,” said Alaina Dooley, a senior studying child development. “I have a picky toddler and husband on my hands and the fruits and veggies can be a bit unusual.”
Many people think receiving unique or unwanted fruits and vegetables in their basket is an acceptable risk when weighed against the low price they pay.
“[People] have mentioned that some stuff goes to waste,” said Kandice Appleby, a senior studying social work. “I find that I actually get a chance to expand my culinary horizons by trying out new recipes and, if I really don’t like something, I’m usually able to find someone who will like it. I will also splement with things from the store if it doesn’t come in the basket. I don’t like the early time for pick , but that is just a small price for a great deal. If I do throw something away I’ve still saved enough on other things to cover the loss.”
To sign for a Bountiful Basket, or for information on becoming a volunteer, visit www.bountifulbaskets.org