I've recently started using a local co-op that, so far, I've been happy with, so I thought I'd share their information in case it is something that you might like to try as well. I've been using Green Bee Produce. They have pick-up days Monday through Friday at various times, but mostly in the afternoon/evening hours ... perfect for Mom's who are playing taxi driver in the afternoons. The majority of their pick-up locations are in Gilbert, Mesa, & Chandler, but you can view their locations & possibly find one close to you. (Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe, etc are also available.)
I order the Bee Box Classic for my family and it lasts about a week ... sometimes 10 days. As an example of what comes in a Classic box ... one time I got a large head of romaine lettuce, 4-5 Roma tomatoes, head of cabbage, head of cauliflower, celery, 5 bananas, about 4 apples, 2 mangos, 2 pomegranates, a couple bunches of green onions, a couple zucchini squash, 4 large navel oranges ... and I might be forgetting another item or two. You can also order and pick up your fresh bread for the week ... Green Bee gets their bread from the Whole Grain Natural Bread Co in Mesa, AZ. This week you can choose from white or whole wheat rolls, a couple different kinds of whole wheat breads, as well as pumpkin & banana breads. Another item I like to get from Green Bee is their fresh salsa pac. It's not something that I need to order every week, but I get all the fresh ingredients that I need to make salsa plus yummy tortillas. Dog food, granola and other rotating items are also available.
One of my favorite perks of the co-op ... I drive into the parking lot and open my van door and they put everything into my car for me. I don't have to get out of my car ... I don't have to bribe children to be good while I'm grocery shopping ... and I don't have to touch a grimy cart!
I also appreciate that there is no commitment. I can choose when I want to place an order ... so I can place an order every week, once a month, or whatever suits my needs. I can also choose different pick-up days, locations, etc each time I place an order.
Check out THIS BLOG ... she estimates how much money she saves by using Green Bee Co-op.
Anyone tried any other co-ops? Opinions? Thoughts?