Bountiful Baskets--New Sites
Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
Great news if you want to participate! We now have 2 drop sites every Saturday. The Fire Hall and Sacred Heart School this week and the Hospital and Sacred Heart School next week. The response has been so overwhelming that Montana has now been moved to an earlier time to contribute. Get online at bountifulbaskets.org every Monday at 10 am. Custer County will sell out quickly so set an alarm.

There are also sites in Broadus, Baker, Fallon, Jordan and Glendive as well as Colstrip. I believe they are working on Roundup and Ashland also! Anyone willing to be a Site Coordinator, please contact me and I'll help you get started!

Yummy fruits and veggies!

Kim
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
Looks like Roundup is going as well as Sidney.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
Wow! This has really been successful. Congratulations!
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Posted by jamie vlastelic (+235) 5 years ago
And FAllon MT has a site to
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Posted by Kathy Meidinger (+25) 5 years ago
Jamie,
She's got Fallon on the list - it took me a couple of read-overs too! ;0)
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
There are a few baskets left in Roundup and Circle but that's about it for this area! Can't wait for Saturday!
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Posted by MTgal (+140) 5 years ago
I'm trying to order but don't find Custer County in the list for Montana. Has anything changed or is it just sold out?
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Posted by Beckie Pritschet (+87) 5 years ago
You're correct...if Custer Co isn't on the list it's sold out. They went fast!
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
I have an alarm on my computer at 10 a.m. Monday morning. I know if I'm not there by noon, forget it!
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Posted by MTgal (+140) 5 years ago
I forgot to change my alert from noon to 10:00.....darn. Looked like they had a good Easter option too.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
Order quick! Only pickup site at HRH available at 5 after 10 a.m. this morning! Asian basket, carrots and tomatoes are the extras, plus the usual bread and granola.
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Posted by Integrity Realty (+38) 5 years ago
Are they all gone already?
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
It appears that Custer is off the county list, which means all the baskets are claimed.
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Posted by ddtb (+47) 5 years ago
I have a huge, huge garage in a good location.....would they let me use it as a drop site? or no residential areas? I usually work on Monday mornings so I always miss out and I hear these baskets are awesome!!
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Posted by Dixie Rieger (+326) 5 years ago
Is there some reason there is only one pickup spot? I thought there were two sights in Miles City.
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Posted by gypsykim (+1498) 5 years ago
Sacred Heart School had to pass this week as the school is being used for Springfest.

Yes, another site can be started. All you have to do is train at one of the other sites for a couple of weeks. Visit with one of the site coordinators. I picked mine up at a private home in Billings in February.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
I noticed there was no Sacred Heart School this morning and I thought, gee, I wonder why that is. After my brain ground gears for a few minutes, I remembered I am babysitting my youngest niece this Saturday so her parents and older sister can go to Springfest. Plus I am eating at SHS on Friday night and buying stuff.

So, yeah, Springfest. The theme is Roman Holiday this year.
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Posted by spacekace (+894) 5 years ago
I just ordered my basket from Jordan, they have 38 available still...and Fallon has a few left as well, if you can't live without your basket this week...you could take a nice Saturday drive to get one 25 lbs of carrots, 25 lbs of Roma Tomatoes, Asian veggie pack, and sourdough bread are extras this week!
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Posted by ddtb (+47) 5 years ago
Is there a need for another drop off? I would be willing to offer my garage up if we need it...who do I contact to get in for training? You can call me at 406-934-1440! Thanks
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Posted by gypsykim (+1498) 5 years ago
ddtb--you just need to show up at one of the other sites, visit with the site coordinator and work a couple of weekends and they'll get you going.
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Posted by RB (+431) 5 years ago
I would love to start getting baskets but am totally new to this and a little confused. Whats all this extras stuff? i hear there is an organic option, how does that work? What are the pickup times?
Thanks everyone, sorry for my ignorance
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Posted by spacekace (+894) 5 years ago
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Posted by Kelly (+2538) 5 years ago
Has anyone else found that the fruit lately is so green it will rot before it ripens?
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
The apples have been lousy but that is the only fruit I've had trouble with. Steve just bakes the apples into pie and we get by. The tomatoes are standard shipping tomatoes, which disappointed me.
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Posted by TK (+1622) 5 years ago
None of mine has rotted....it just took a while to ripen. You can always try to ripen things a bit faster in a brown paper sack--just make sure you check it daily!!!!
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Posted by gypsykim (+1498) 5 years ago
All of my fruits and vegetables have been delicious and I haven't lost any to "rotting".

My apples have been awesome--crisp and flavorful. The Junamis we got in January have been my favorite.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
The little green apples we got the last time were darling but had absolutely no flavor. They were like eating dust. However, Steve stuck them in a pie with spices and caramel and they were delicious! Worse comes to worse, COMPOST!

Our biggest problem is we forget we have something. Like that canary melon still sitting in the frig. Oh, dear.
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Posted by Stan Wheeler (+1144) 5 years ago
I agree. Our produce has been great. The Junamis were wonderful. We get organic. I wonder if that makes a difference?

Liz
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Posted by RB (+431) 5 years ago
OK I am understanding this better now thanks! So those of you who get organic, you are satisfied with what you get? Are there stickers on the organic produce, how do they keep the organic and non-organic seprate? How many pounds of produce ususally come per basket? Thanks!
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Posted by Stan Wheeler (+1144) 5 years ago
We love our organic box. They come packed seperately in boxes. They do have organic stickers on them. I have never weighed the produce, but am well satisfied in the amount and variety.

Liz
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
The Junamis were an add-on. They weren't in the regular basket. But I'm not complaining! I get a huge amount for a good price. The organic basket comes in a separately packed box. It is less than the regular basket and has a different selection entirely. I have never gotten the organic so can't comment on it, but we are getting a regular basket, the Asian add-on and 25 pounds of carrots tomorrow!
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Posted by Dixie Rieger (+326) 5 years ago
How do you know what some things are? I wish they could write on the bags. I have no idea what fresh herbs we got last time. Would be nice to know.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
You guess. You look on-line. You ask my husband, the foodie. You hope for the best.

That is one of the things that makes BB fun! Never knowing what you are getting, even after you got it.
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Posted by spacekace (+894) 5 years ago
If you are on Facebook, so is Bountiful Baskets...I go there a lot, and you will see a lot of people asking what the different items are...it's a great way to find out, discuss, and share recipes!
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Posted by TK (+1622) 5 years ago
I love the guessing game when I've never seen an herb or food before! It's fun!!! I also like NOT knowing exactly what I'm getting, but just knowing it'll be worth every penny!!!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8820) 5 years ago
This week's apples smell wonderful! We got water chestnuts in the Asian pack! Steve is downstairs prepping stuff to freeze even as I type.
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Posted by RB (+431) 5 years ago
So can I order tomorrow or is it the next monday?
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8820) 5 years ago
You can order every Monday now. Be sure to register in advance. You will log-in when you go to order on Monday. At 10 a.m. I won't be ordering for a few weeks until I go through the current crop. My deep freezer is FULL!
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
Tomorrow at 10 a.m. you can contribute for either Sacred Heart or The Firehall. Next Monday for Sacred Heart or the Hospital. The only other week I am aware of with less than 2 sites in MC will be Bucking Horse weekend.

If anyone else would like to start another site let a VSC (volunteer site coordinator) know at one of the current sites so you can start training. Anyone in Forsyth?
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Posted by P & D (+130) 5 years ago
I couldn't find our county on the link above am I to late was that why our county is not on the list or am I doing something wrong???
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
Custer County did sell out in less than an hour. Try next Monday at 10. If you can't find the county on the list, it is sold out. Each site has a maximum of 96 baskets. I think we need more sites!
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Posted by uno21 (+65) 5 years ago
The Bountiful Basket people have actually put the new sites opening on hold for a bit. They are working on getting more trucks and drivers to make it to all the Montana sites we have set up now. Turns out us Montanans love our fresh fruits and veggies! But please keep training and looking into setting up new sites! Thank you for making this such a successful program!
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Posted by RB (+431) 5 years ago
Just curious if anyone knows what the green leafy thing in the organic basket is? There is Romaine lettuce, then another thing that looks like celery(but its almost white) at the bottom but has dark green leaves.... Any thoughts? I couldnt find it online
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
That was fennel in the Organic Basket. Look up some great recipes--goes well with pasta.

The Hospital will now have a double drop which means we will have twice as many baskets. PLEASE check your pickup time because they are staggered by 15 mins so we will have 2 different sign out lines. Beginning tomorrow at 10 am Miles City will have 288 baskets up for grabs this week. Let's hear it for fresh fruits and veggies!

Please plan to volunteer whenever you can--at least once every 6 or so times you participate! Thanks!

Kim
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Posted by Agnes Price (+59) 5 years ago
I don't think it is fennel. I think it is boc choi (my spelling is terrible).
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
FIFTEEN MINUTES TO THIS WEEK'S SIGN-UP!!!

I still have fruit and veg left from the last time so I'm not signing up but others might be interested.

P.S. Fennel smells slightly like licorice.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
As of right now, SHS is sold out but there are still lots of baskets available at HRH. I have already laid out the Farm and Ranch Weekly, which is why I have time to kill this morning.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
As of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, there are still 20 baskets left for pick up at HRH. This seems to be the right amount of baskets.
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Posted by Lindsey (+278) 5 years ago
So excited for the tropical pack and case of strawberries!!!
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
We're down to 11 Baskets in Miles City. Maybe 3 sites a week is the right amount? Hoping to have enough volunteers to help me with the double drop at the Hospital!
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Posted by worldmom (+421) 5 years ago
I'll be in Missoula, K, but I'd be there otherwise! I'll try to send a couple of teen boys your way if I can. Will A be there? That will help entice them.
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Posted by JandR (+63) 5 years ago
so is that 7 am or 7 pm for the volunteer time at the hospital?
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Posted by gypsykim (+1498) 5 years ago
a.m.
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Posted by RB (+431) 5 years ago
Its not fennel, at least not in my basket, maybe there were different things in the baskets?
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Posted by Stan Wheeler (+1144) 5 years ago
We had organic, and it was fennel in ours.
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Posted by klew (+85) 5 years ago
Please volunteer if you are able at the site you will pick up your basket. The Double drop at the hospital will be outside tomorrow, so dress warmly. Bring on the fresh produce!
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6119) 5 years ago
Bok choy has dark leaves whereas fennel has the kind of spikey fronds that sort of look like fresh dill.
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Posted by MTgal (+140) 5 years ago
Is anyone else having problems getting on to the website? All I see right now is Georgia and S. Carolina as locations available.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 5 years ago
The website seems to be broken. It is running v e r y s l o w l y and shows only two states. Have to try again later.
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Posted by May (+22) 5 years ago
yes and i've was connected at 10.00am
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Posted by annie221 (+248) 5 years ago
Also having trouble getting on to site. Did Montana sites get another time?
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Posted by MTgal (+140) 5 years ago
Website is down due to excess volume. They asked that people get off and try back in a few minutes after the website gets back up.
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Posted by TK (+1622) 5 years ago
MT is up now
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Posted by prb (+64) 5 years ago
GOT MY BASKETS !! VERY HAPPY!!!!
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Posted by Lindsey (+278) 5 years ago
Hurry and sign up for your baskets today!!! HRH still has many avalible!!!
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Posted by Winslow (+387) 5 years ago
Got the Asian basket as an add-on today. Does anyone know what the purple garlic looking type item is? Not sure if it is a fruit or vegetable.

Never mind. Just figured out they are water chestnuts.

[This message has been edited by Winslow (6/9/2012)]
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