Every other Saturday Ben or I pick-up a large bag-full of fresh, organic fruits and veggies like these at a private home in Summit, NJ. Thanks to my friend, Cynthia (who knew I would enjoy the quality of the produce and appreciate the challenge of using not-often purchased items like parsnips and celery root), we have been members of our local produce co-op for about 4 years.
For the first few years, each member family took turns sorting and packing the produce for each other (maybe 1-2 times per year). As of a year ago, we have an amazing family who decided to do all the sorting. As co-op members, we simply go their home, drop-off a check, leave a bag for the next run, and grab our bag-full of goodies! I am able to add yummy steamed or sautéed veggies to our dinners; make hot, delicious soups; invent or search for out-of-my-box side dishes and dinners; create smoothies; or give my family simple snacks. Like Cynthia said years ago as she tried to convince me to join, "Our family always looks forward to what we'll find in our bag!"
Our bi-monthly half-share includes a variation of the following foods for $26:
- string beans
- celery root
- sweet potatoes
- bok choy
- and MUCH more!!
If you live close to me and are interested in joining my co-op, let me know! If you don't live in my area, I'd be happy to ask our coordinator for a contact person in your area.