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Did your garden freeze recently? Do you still want fresh vegetables at a reasonable price? Then the Bountiful Baskets program might be just for you.

The Bountiful Basket program began in Ferron April 2010 and has expanded to Emery, Orangeville, Huntington and Price which has two pick-up times at the Kraync Motor building. These sites are weekly sites and in Emery the site is every other week and pick-up is at the Emery Town Recreation building.

Angela McMillan brought the program to the Castle Valley area and she said, "We now have sites in Emery (every other week) and weekly sites in Ferron, Orangeville, and Huntington. Price also has two sites. We're trying to get the word out to as many people as we can. We were selling out before all the other sites opened up, so many people stopped trying to get a basket. We now have plenty of availability at all sites. I am the Area Coordinator for Bountiful Baskets in this area. Right now with everyone's gardens producing, many people aren't wanting to participate, but this is a great year-round program that really helps encourage families to eat healthier. We encourage everyone to try this program. My children look forward to the baskets each week and it's always a surprise what we get in the baskets. Anyone who contributes for a basket can come and help distribute the produce. Everyone is a volunteer in the co-op so we all rely on each other to get the work done (sometimes people are confused as to how it works). It really is a great benefit to the community. I've not heard of any negative feedback from anyone in the community regarding it. It really encourages people to get out and volunteer more, and it helps families to eat healthy food, at a very affordable price. My own children (ages 8, 5, 3 and 2) look forward to Saturday like it's Christmas. My 3 year old will "steal" apples from the fridge. He rarely goes looking in my cupboards for candy; he goes snooping in the fridge to see what good food he can find. This is just one of the benefits of the co-op. With a family of six, soon to be seven, this has been a very affordable way to feed my family good food, year round," said McMillan.

The first vegetable and fruit pickup took place on April 17, 2010 in Ferron. Angela McMillan started the service with the help of her husband Eli. The contributions for baskets takes place over the internet so no monies are exchanged on the day of the food delivery. The semi-truck pulls up to the site and unloads the fruits and vegetables. The volunteers gather and arrange the produce into the individual baskets to have them ready when the people arrive to pick up their basket.

Participants bring their own box or basket to transport their vegetables and fruit home. This cooperative effort results in fresher produce for the consumer. Each basket contains the same amount of fruits and vegetables. Bread is also available with the baskets. The bread comes in five loaf packets and is $2 per loaf.

Angela has friends and family in Cedar City and also in Phoenix who were participating in the program. She thought, "Why not here in Ferron." So she began the steps to make the produce delivery a reality for Emery County. "It's fresher than what you will find in the store. The produce hasn't spent any time on the shelf. It comes directly from the warehouse into the communities. A head of lettuce will last three weeks. We're really doing this for selfish reasons, because we like to eat a lot of vegetables fresh," said Eli McMillan.

Angela likes the convenience of how everything is paid for ahead of time, which adds to a smoother distribution day. "After the participant contributes to their basket on line then they print out their contribution number which they bring along on distribution day as proof of payment. The baskets are numbered so everyone knows which one is theirs," said Eli.

Angela said, "It's so easy and convenient. It's quality produce. No one is making any money on this (except the Produce Suppliers-no one in the co-op). We are just encouraging people to eat better. It's an all volunteer program. It's a good deal and we just want to share with people. It also encourages people to try new and different types of produce."

Orders are placed between Monday at 10 a.m. through Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. for the following Saturday delivery. More details about Bountiful Baskets: To participate visit http://www.BountifulBaskets.org and check the schedule to see when your state is available to make your monetary contribution using a debit or credit card. Then, pick up your basket on Saturday morning at the time and place you chose when you contributed.

Bountiful Baskets is not a business. It is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. There is a $3 first time basket fee for new participants. This need only be applied with the first basket; it does not apply when selecting a new or different pickup site.

Questions can also be directed to Angela McMillan 435-384-3273 or 435-630-1096.By PATSY STODDARD, Editor

Did your garden freeze recently? Do you still want fresh vegetables at a reasonable price? Then the Bountiful Baskets program might be just for you.

The Bountiful Basket program began in Ferron April 2010 and has expanded to Emery, Orangeville, Huntington and Price which has two pick-up times at the Kraync Motor building. These sites are weekly sites and in Emery the site is every other week and pick-up is at the Emery Town Recreation building.

Angela McMillan brought the program to the Castle Valley area and she said, "We now have sites in Emery (every other week) and weekly sites in Ferron, Orangeville, and Huntington. Price also has two sites. We're trying to get the word out to as many people as we can. We were selling out before all the other sites opened up, so many people stopped trying to get a basket. We now have plenty of availability at all sites. I am the Area Coordinator for Bountiful Baskets in this area. Right now with everyone's gardens producing, many people aren't wanting to participate, but this is a great year-round program that really helps encourage families to eat healthier. We encourage everyone to try this program. My children look forward to the baskets each week and it's always a surprise what we get in the baskets. Anyone who contributes for a basket can come and help distribute the produce. Everyone is a volunteer in the co-op so we all rely on each other to get the work done (sometimes people are confused as to how it works). It really is a great benefit to the community. I've not heard of any negative feedback from anyone in the community regarding it. It really encourages people to get out and volunteer more, and it helps families to eat healthy food, at a very affordable price. My own children (ages 8, 5, 3 and 2) look forward to Saturday like it's Christmas. My 3 year old will "steal" apples from the fridge. He rarely goes looking in my cupboards for candy; he goes snooping in the fridge to see what good food he can find. This is just one of the benefits of the co-op. With a family of six, soon to be seven, this has been a very affordable way to feed my family good food, year round," said McMillan.

The first vegetable and fruit pickup took place on April 17, 2010 in Ferron. Angela McMillan started the service with the help of her husband Eli. The contributions for baskets takes place over the internet so no monies are exchanged on the day of the food delivery. The semi-truck pulls up to the site and unloads the fruits and vegetables. The volunteers gather and arrange the produce into the individual baskets to have them ready when the people arrive to pick up their basket.

Participants bring their own box or basket to transport their vegetables and fruit home. This cooperative effort results in fresher produce for the consumer. Each basket contains the same amount of fruits and vegetables. Bread is also available with the baskets. The bread comes in five loaf packets and is $2 per loaf.

Angela has friends and family in Cedar City and also in Phoenix who were participating in the program. She thought, "Why not here in Ferron." So she began the steps to make the produce delivery a reality for Emery County. "It's fresher than what you will find in the store. The produce hasn't spent any time on the shelf. It comes directly from the warehouse into the communities. A head of lettuce will last three weeks. We're really doing this for selfish reasons, because we like to eat a lot of vegetables fresh," said Eli McMillan.

Angela likes the convenience of how everything is paid for ahead of time, which adds to a smoother distribution day. "After the participant contributes to their basket on line then they print out their contribution number which they bring along on distribution day as proof of payment. The baskets are numbered so everyone knows which one is theirs," said Eli.

Angela said, "It's so easy and convenient. It's quality produce. No one is making any money on this (except the Produce Suppliers-no one in the co-op). We are just encouraging people to eat better. It's an all volunteer program. It's a good deal and we just want to share with people. It also encourages people to try new and different types of produce."

Orders are placed between Monday at 10 a.m. through Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. for the following Saturday delivery. More details about Bountiful Baskets: To participate visit http://www.BountifulBaskets.org and check the schedule to see when your state is available to make your monetary contribution using a debit or credit card. Then, pick up your basket on Saturday morning at the time and place you chose when you contributed.

Bountiful Baskets is not a business. It is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. There is a $3 first time basket fee for new participants. This need only be applied with the first basket; it does not apply when selecting a new or different pickup site.

Questions can also be directed to Angela McMillan 435-384-3273 or 435-630-1096.

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