I recently jumped on the bandwagon and joined a co-op. Natural Farms to be exact. I think it is a great way to access organic, locally grown produce and meat products at a reasonable price. By joining, you are supporting farmers who do all the work and you reap all the benefits.
The benefits are endless and include:
- knowing that what you’re eating is safe
- knowing exactly what you’re eating
- affordable way to eat wholly and organically
- feel good supporting your local farmers
- save your back from gardening in this hot Oklahoma weather
The benefits to you as quoted by the USDA also include:
- quality products
- varied services
- new products & processes
- lower production & marketing costs
- improvement to general welfare
All co-ops are different. The way mine works is each week I get an email with an order form and I decide if I want a meat bag, produce bag, rise n’ shine bag, or all three. The bags vary week-to-week so it’s nice to switch it up. I am trying to order 3 bags per month (one of each) so that my refrigerator stays stocked with items. The meat and rise n’ shine bag contents are listed for you each week to help you make your decision. The produce bag is always a surprise when you go to pick it up and it varies based on what is in season for that week.
So far, I’ve gotten two produce bags and they included pineapple, kiwi, oranges, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, zucchini, carrots, bananas, eggplant, and I’m sure there’s more that I’m forgetting. It’s enough to last a small family for a week or more! They also send home recipes using the produce for the week so you’re not at a loss for how to use them.
The breakfast bag typically includes organic milk, eggs, a breakfast meat like sausage or bacon, cereal, and other breafkast faves. I have not been disappointed yet.
I would encourage anyone to join their local co-op and if you’re in the Tulsa area, there is a deal today on Groupon for $38 for a One-Year Co-Op Membership AND Bag of Seasonal Produce or Pasture-Fed Meats at Natural Farms ($77.50 Value) – click here to take advantage of this special offer and let me know what you order first!