Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op

Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona

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My husband and I used BB for a while and about a year ago noticed the quality of produce significantly declined. We received a batch of moldy apricots. The volunteers didn't know what to say when raised the issue. I sent an email to the admins and had no reply. I later posted on the FB page and received an email back saying I never should have taken the moldy produce home. Will not be using or recommending BB in the future.


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Even MT we have these so called fresh produce baskets. I done my research and found out they are a for profit business that has been using volunteers illegally and could be sued by the people who work or who have worked for them in a 'volunteer ' status. Besides where in a world could a fresh ripe peach be baseball hard and then rot before it even ripened? That's what you get from a sub par distubator with a front of a company called bountiful basket.


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I have been doing BB for 7 months and have been volunteering for 7 months. I really enjoy it, but we can always use more volunteers for quality control. When the men load the food into the baskets, they often don't look for bruised, squishy or moldy items. We always tell them to not put it in the basket if they wouldn't take it home. We have a chicken box for spoiled food, or someone gives it to the compost pile. The good food generally out weighs the bad, and even though we are careful, some of the fruit is less than perfect. Last week, my special order strawberries went bad within 1 day, but that was the first thing that went bad. The organization tries to get lots of good items, but sometimes they are too expensive, and they are careful with out contributions. The produce is better than that of the store, and I always seem to save at least $25. A comparison at Safeway and Fry's (with the same items) would cost $40.


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My family has been growing grapes commercially for over 25 years. Initially, I was excited about bountiful baskets because I saw this as an opportunity for a grower (like me) to get great fresh produce strait to the people. I took the time to contact the owners who referred me to Blain at Kodiak Produce. We had a meeting and we agreed that it is a shame that one of the best eating varieties of grapes in a few years would be extinct to newer varieties that are self thinning and cost less to produce. I hoped, I would educate people about what I know and have this variety live on. I thougt that by cutting out the grocery stores markup the savings would be more than enough to make it a great deal for the consumer. Grapes are like any commodity there is a spot market driven by demand and supply. I earmarked some volume for Kodiak and when the time came to pick and pack, Blain refused to pay the bottom market price. I then lowered that price by $2 a box which he still refused. He said he was purchasing fruit $7 lower per box than the current market. I was happy to sell my fruit to Target/WalMart at the market price but couldn't understand why Kodiak purchased such poor quality fruit for their customers. This seemed to fly directly into the face of the purpose and mission of Bountiful Baskets. It wasn't until I realized that when the customers of Bountiful Baskets pick-up their fruit they have nothing to compare it to. There isn't a display with comperable fruit. So crappy fruit looks good.
I love the concept but after a couple of months of getting my vegitables here It wasn't hard to see the quality difference in everything they sold. So we quit


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This is a wonderful money making opportunity.
The two founders of Bountiful Baskets are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under the table from Kodiak Fresh Produce, who indeed gets their veggies and fruits from all over the world (they 'might' use local farmers when their produce is the cheapest).
Really though, "Bountiful Baskets is not a business" is NOT the most honest statement in the world. It is actually registered as a corporation in Arizona. The lawyer who set up the corporation also represents Kodiak Fresh Produce and the address listed for the corporation is the Kodiak Fresh Produce address. Nice and cozy, wouldn't you say ;)
Check it out if you don't believe me:
http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/names-detail.p?name-id=15466984&type=CORPORATION
Bountiful Baskets, Inc.
Timothy W Holt, Statutory Agent
Address Listed
1033 E Maricopa Freeway
Phoenix, Az 85034
Do a search for Kodiak Fresh Produce and see what their address is.


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What started out as something so exciting was quickly followed by disappointment. The produce truck that delivered the produce was a company I recognized as delivering to grocery stores and restaurants. The food was not as local as they describe it to be. I had hoped for some good quality tomatoes, peaches, etc, but I could have easily bought all this at the grocery store. After my drive out there and the gas I spent, I saved MAYBE $1 or 2 dollars. The money isn't the point. I had hoped to be helping our local farmers here as well as getting better flavored and more nutritious food. The quality is not there. Plus they had a ton of 'extra' that could have (or rather should have) been split among the co-op but instead went home with a volunteer or two. Those may have gotten their moneys worth. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.


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I have been participating in bountiful baskets for 2.5 years. It is one of the best things I do for my family. Every two weeks I fill my house with a laundry basket full of fruits and veggies of every variety for $16.50. From basics like apples, oranges and lettuce to jicama and squash of many varieties. The value can not be beat. The convenience of meeting near my house is handy and the camaraderie amongst the volunteers is so wonderful. Every one is a volunteer and everyone helps out when they can. The produce lasts far longer then what I buy at the grocery store and I could not be happier. Try it www.bountifulbaskets.org you will be very happy


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Disappointed! produce was mushy and bruised. more disappointed in the BB misrepresentation of their Corporation. I joined to help support my local community to get all of us a better deal on produce, but later found out they are a profit pocketing, not non profit org. They purchase from a grow house that buys grocery store bad produce, not a co-op purchaseing from local farmers to help our economy. I know you expect people to be compensated some for their efforts, but to lie about it to make your business look good.....isn't that crossing a moral line? I hope they don't ruin the true co-op experience for anyone else. Real Co-ops are a great way to meet others and help build strong healthy communities, inside and out


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I tried it, I did not get my moenys worth and did not get good quality veg or produce. 5 very small peaches from Chili smallest mangos I ever saw from Mexico will never rippen before spoiling,2 5 lb bags of potatoes, 1 stalk of celery, 1 small bag of small apples that were good and eatable, about a pound of Brussle sprouts very good and fresh, 5 good size of tasteless tomatoes,pint of good stawbeeries, 1 banana ( i did notice baskets by mine had several bananas must of ran out when got to mine. 3 small sequine,1 head of lettuce. sorry sounds like a great ideabut was abummer to me, I talked to the ladies next to me in line they both did it oncebefore and thought it was fun ( never know what you will get ), entertaining and figured it was an OK deal

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