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Weatherstone Veggie Fresh Co-op

The Weatherstone neighborhood has been participating in the Veggie Fresh Co-op program for a several years now. The year is divided into quarters; however, you can join in the middle of a quarter by just paying for the remaining weeks.

If you're interested in participating, here’s how it works:
 
Every week on Saturday, Annette Musto of the Veggie Fresh Co-op drops off a paper grocery bag with an assortment of fresh produce for you at your hostess' house. A wide variety of goods will be provided based on what is in season and fresh that week. The cost is $9/week for 12 weeks ($108 total), paid in full at the beginning of the quarter; however, as mentioned earlier, you can join in at any time during the quarter and just pay for the remaining weeks. Also, you don't have to pay for weeks that you are out of town and don't want to receive a bag. 
 
To give you an idea of your savings, each bag is on average a savings of $5 compared to market prices. So over 12 weeks, you save a total of $60. Your bag usually consists of 2-3 different types of veggies and 2-3 different types of fruit. Of course, you may have 3 items of a particular fruit or veggie. We've also had herbs, like rosemary and parsley, in our bag.

As an example, at the beginning of April, we got the following items in our bag:

Container of Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Broccoli
Red Potatoes
Red Onion
3 Ears of Corn on the Cob

If you purchased these at Publix, Annette said it would have cost $18.71. You only paid $9!
 
Please note the produce is not store bought, it is not organic (although we have had some organic stuff in our bags) and it won't necessarily be coming from a local farm (although in previous quarters we've had a lot of local veggies). Annette's husband owns a large produce company that services local country clubs and restaurants. The produce we get is similar to what you'd get at Harry's, Kroger or Publix, but it's fresher because Annette gets it that morning...whereas a grocery store may get produce several times a week and by the time they stock it, it's fresh, but not as fresh. You may find that some of the stuff isn't quite ripe yet because we get it so early in the supply chain process. Just set it out to ripen to your liking.
 
Contact your neighborhood co-op hostess, Corinne McNamara, at 404.556.7617 if you'd like to get started.
 
Also, if you join, we will supply your email address to Annette Musto. She delivers the bags and will also email you recipes to go with items in your bag. The recipes have been great! 
 
Please continue to spread the word to your neighbors. They can join in at any time and just pay for the remaining weeks. We really hope you'd like to enjoy this fantastic service.