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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

She Enjoys the Harvest (Menu Planning)

"She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable."

Each week I participate in something called "Bountiful Baskets," a food co-op with a convenient pick-up location that is within-walking distance from my house. The amount of stuff you receive each week is amazing! I only paid $15 for a laundry basket full of the fruits and veggies in this picture. It is roughly $50 worth of produce and is usually 50% fruit and 50% veggie.

Here is what I got this week: 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of grapes, 2 pineapples, 1 bunch of bananas, 8 roma tomatoes, 3 cucumbers, 3 green peppers, 3 red peppers, 6 nectarines, 3 huge onions, 7 plums and 8 apples!!!

Of course it is a huge help to have all of this fresh produce on-hand all week long, but it does sometimes make for some creative menu planning not knowing what veggies you will have any given week. I plan to share with you what I do with my basket-- maybe to inspire you to join a co-op of your own and start enjoying fresh produce on a daily basis, too!

Stay tuned for a review of this week's menus using all this great food!

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