My Food Co-Op
by April in Atlanta
Some friends and I have joined together to form a produce-buying co-op. Our group currently consists of 13 families, but the optimum number is 24 (because many items are sold in case-lots of 24).
We shop at the farmer's market, and buy from the wholesalers there. The cost to each family is $6.25 per week ($25/month-$75/quarter). For that amount, each of us gets a bushel basket of produce each week. The basket usually consists of a minimum of 4 types of fruits, 4 types of salad vegetables, and 4 types of cooking vegetables. Each type of fruit will consist of 4-10 servings, usually. The same goes for the other categories.
When I've needed a reality check, I have priced the identical items at the grocery store. The same items, in the same quantities that I receive for $6.25, normally cost between $20-$35 at my Kroger store.
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