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Bountiful Baskets

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Food Co-ops have taken off in recent years as people look to simplify their lives, find alternative food sources and restore a sense of community in their neighborhoods. My wife Cindy and I recently looked into some of the local options and thanks to a recommendation from a friend, decided to give Bountiful Baskets a try.

Bountiful Baskets comes to Flagstaff every other week to two locations: Knolls Elementary School and Cromer Elementary School. $15.00 (there is a one time start up fee of $3.00 to pay for the containers) gets you two full laundry sized baskets, one filled with fruit and one full of vegetables. We were surprised at how much we got and the variety.

Bountiful Baskets at Cromer Elementary.

Cindy helps distribute oranges.

For those looking specifically for locally grown food, Bountiful Baskets is probably not the route you would want to go. Like your local grocery store, the food comes from all over. For everyone else, I recommend signing up and trying it at least once. You might even want to get there early and help sort the food. It’s an enjoyable experience for the whole family and a great way to save on your food bill. We were very impressed.

To all my readers who are interested in getting back to basics and simplified living, please check out my wife’s blog Simply Flagstaff. She covers a wide range of topics and has a long list of projects and ideas she plans to blog about in the coming months.


  1. January 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I envy. Tucson Cooperative Warehouse used to come up here years ago. This sounds wonderful!

  1. April 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

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