It was a perfect day for Co-op May 29, 2013! Perfect cloud cover for our veggies, but not too much rain directly on us!
Here are a few pictures of our co-op:
We had a great Haul today! Here’s What we received:
- Romaine Hearts
- Bagged Spinach
- White Sweet Onions – super large!
- Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers – 3
- Broccoli – 2-3
- Carrots – 1 lb
- Celery – 1
- Green Beans
- Sliced Mushrooms
On the Extras table (choose 2):
- Beets with Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Cucumbers (English)
It was a GREAT day! There is still room to join – tell all your friends!
To your health!
Another Great day of Co-op!! I just never get tired of experiencing fresh food!
The pictures above are of our extras table, and everyone got to choose two types of veggies to take home with them in their bins!
You see the bins in this picture?
They don’t look as full as they normally do, but there is a reason! 🙂 For the Summer, we’ll put anything that might be affected by the heat on a separate table, and keep it all together to try to maintain a “cool spot”.
We’ll post signs that let you know what to take!
Here is what we enjoyed in our bins this week:
Romaine Lettuce (Large heads or Hearts – your choice)
Kale – 1 bunch
Carrots – 1 lb
Pickling Cucumbers – 4
Small ORGANIC Red onions – 4
Round Tomatoes – 4
Sliced Mushrooms – approx 8 oz
Asparagus – 1 pound (bunch)
Green Pepper – 1 Large
Sweet Potatoes – 2.5 pounds
Green Beans – 2.5 pounds
Apples – 5
Oranges – 3
Pineapples – 1
Apricots – 4
Nectarines – Ugly again, but SWEET! – 6
Cantaloupe – 1
Extras – choose any two of the following:
1 head of Garlic (Not in your bin)
1 – Half a small Watermelon (only 4 available)
1 bag Green Beans
1 – Green Pepper
2 – Sweet Potatoes
2 – Red Onions
1 – 1 Lb Carrots
1 – Kale
1 – Lettuce
2 – Tomatoes
It’s going to be a great summer! Please let all your friends know about the co-op so we can all get healthy together!
Blessings to You!!
Carla with Carlita’s Bowl!
Oh – How I LOVE to see all these bins lined up and full of healthy, fresh produce! I envision all of my people eating well, and feeling better physically and mentally as they take charge of their own health!
Here is today’s lineup:
Romaine Lettuce (2 Hearts)
1 lb. Carrots
2 Avocados (soft & ready-to-go!)
3 Broccoli Crowns
1 Head Cauliflower (large)
4 Large Ears Bi-Color Corn
8 Oz. Sliced Mushrooms
8 Oz. Mini-Sweet Peppers
4 Vine-Ripe Tomatoes
Green & Golden Zucchini (2 to 3 depending on the size)
3 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
5 Cameo Apples
5 Peaches (Yes, they are UGLY PEACHES; but, they taste GREAT – grow with us, people!)
1 Bunch of Bananas
Extras (we chose 3):
Kale Salad (not in your bin)
Spring Mix (not in your bin)
Garlic (not in your bin)
Shredded Carrots (not in your bin)
Overall , it was a great day, and I got to meet a lot of new people – that’s my favorite part!
See you again soon!
Here is what I am planning this week. I don’t have any amazing recipes, most will be done on the “fly” since we are SUPER busy this week! I know you are, too, so I wanted to show you how a busy mom really can make healthy food for her family!
I will chop and prep as much as I can tomorrow to make the rest of the week easier.
|1||Pineapple/Spinach Smoothie||Salad (Romaine, Mushrooms, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers)||Broccoli/Peppers/Mushrooms (with Chicken and sweet potatoes)||Left over fruit|
|2||Pears/Oatmeal||Salad (Spring Mix, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers)||Cauliflower, Red potatoes(with Meatloaf)||Cucumbers|
|3||Pineapple/Yogurt or cottage Cheese||Kale Salad||Corn, (with baked Chicken)||Carrots|
|4||Bananas /Eggs||Wrap with chicken, avocado, spring Mix, Tomatoes||Zucchini/Yellow Squash combo grilled with Steak||Raw Broccoli|
|5||Peaches /Oatmeal||Juice: Kale, Lemon, Cucumber, Carrots, Celery||Carrots Slaw, Broccoli (with Pork)||Fruit|
|6||Pineapple Spinach smoothie||Broccoli, pepper, onion Salad||Tomato/Cucumber Salad with Turkey Sausage/Pasta|
So there you have it!!! We’ll be eatin’ goooood this week!
Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have, ok?
Blessings to you!!
People ask me this question all the time. When they hear about the co-op, they ask if we really do eat all those veggies every week, and when I say “yes”, they ask me how?
So….I thought I’d share!
Here is what we will probably eat this week. As you can see, all of our fruit and “salad” veggies are eaten raw, with little prep. The “dinner” veggies are simply chopped up, usually with a little added onion/garlic and sauteed very quickly so as not to lose the nutrients. All of these foods are vibrant, and good tasting, and very kid-friendly. I often prep and cook many veggies at once to save time!
|1||Cantaloupe/Eggs||Salad (Romaine, Radishes, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers)||Asparagus/Peppers (with Fish and Rice)||Left over fruit|
|2||Strawberries/Oatmeal||Salad (Romaine, Radishes, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers)||Cauliflower, Red potatoes(with Meatloaf)||Cucumbers|
|3||Pineapple/Yogurt or cottage Cheese||Salad (Romaine, Radishes, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers)||Green Beans/Peppers, Red Potatoes(with baked Chicken)||Carrots|
|4||Bananas /Eggs||Zucchini/Yellow Squash combo (with Spaghetti)|
|5||Oranges /Oatmeal||Glazed Carrots (with Chicken and Pasta)|
You can see that this week we actually run out of food, and since we also juice, and drink smoothies- we could almost use two bins per week! Because we do the co-op every week, I often have a little holdover of veggies like onions, potatoes, hard squashes, and green beans, so on the weeks I fall a little short, I usually have a little something on hand.
I consistently buy baby Spinach, cucumbers, celery, juicing carrots and apples in addition to the co-op because that’s what our family always needs more of.
If you chose to eat what you get in your bin (rather than going to store and buying what you are “hungry for”:)), you can see by the above example that you would need only to buy your protein, carbs, extra lunch items – and you’d be set! So – $30.00 for your co-op veggies, plus approx $65.00 in proteins, carbs and extras feeds our family of four VERY well for the week.
You could still afford to have your “pizza” night !
It also bears mentioning that you’d eat far less calories following this method of eating, you are taking in a higher level of nutrients every single day, and getting a lot of variety in your diet.
This is a win-win situation! I hope this inspires you to make the changes you’ve been wanting to make, and that you see that you really can do it!!!
If you are not sure how to cook any of these veggies, check out my Pinterest page “Carlita’s Bowl” and click on the board for the veggie you want to learn about!
Join the co-op by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Blessings to you!
Yay! Here’s what in our Bins today:
Mini sweet peppers
Extras/Trade Table (you’ll choose 3):
Carrots – 1 lb
Cauliflower – 1 head
Cucumbers – 2
Green beans – 1 bag
Yellow Squash – 2
Zucchini – 2
Radishes – 5
Apples – 2
Bananas – 2
Oranges – 2
See you soon!
Yay -It’s Veggie Co-op Day!!
Here’s what is in our bins this week:
Haas Avocado – 3
Carrots – 1 Lb
Cucumbers – 2 large
Green Beans – 2 lbs
Romaine Lettuce – 1 large head
Sweet Onions – 2 Large
Green Peppers – 2
Sweet Potatoes – 2.5 pounds
Zucchini – 3 med
Butternut Squash – 1 medium
Roma Tomatoes – 8
Mushrooms – 8 oz package
Cilantro – 1 bunch
Limes – 6
Mangoes – 1
Red Pears (Organic!) – 4
Kiwi – 3
Cantaloupe – 1
Bananas – 3
Extras – choose 4: