Friday, January 23, 2009

Utah Food Co-Op

One commonly-used method for saving money on groceries is joining a local food co-op. We've only got one in Salt Lake (some places have many!) - The Community Food Co-Op of Utah. I decided to give it a try this month. Co-ops have a rotating menu with different food packages or shares that you can purchase each month. You pay the co-op for your desired share and then pick up your food at your neighborhood distribution center on the day of the co-op. So simple!

This month's standard share ($23) included:

  • 1lb. Top Sirloin Fajita Strips
  • 2 lb. Package of Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 lb. Sirloin Pork Roast
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 lb. Rice
  • 1 loaf Artisan Wheat Bread
  • 5 Fuji Apples
  • 5 Pears
  • 5 Oranges
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 Red Bell Peppers
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 2lb. Bag of Carrots
What a deal! The retail value was $46 + tax for the standard share. Now I'm off to work on my menu plan using some of these items!

How does the co-op provide food at such low prices?
By ordering in quantity and utilizing local farmers/growers.

Who can join?
Anyone! If you eat, you qualify.

Is the food good quality?
The food comes from the same wholesalers that supply the local grocery stores, so you can expect the same quality. No seconds or bruised items here. It's all fresh, excellent food.

How can I find a local food co-op near me?

How do I find recipes to cook with the ingredients I've got?

Use! Type in an ingredient and it will give you recipes that use it!

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