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I *Heart* Fridays: because it's fruit and vegie co-op day

24 October 2008

I belong to a fruit and vegie co-op with 9 other local families. Every second week for just $35 we receive 2 to 3 big boxes of all sorts of luscious fresh goodies direct from the markets. Three times a year I take my turn to do the shopping with another member of the co-op (which is really fun) and the rest of the time all I have to do is collect it from someone's house.

Last week's shop included herbs, rocket, baby spinach leaves, cucumber, avocado, carrots, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, capsicum, pineapple, apples, mangoes, oranges, bananas, watermelon... and more... and lots of each thing. In fact so much, that most of the time the three of us don't even get to eat it all and I end up giving some away to friends.

The co-op is a great idea and apart from getting so much good food it saves time, money and petrol. And it's a lovely way to feel connected to your local community. There is a co-op bank account into which everyone deposits the money for the whole school term's shopping at the beginning of the term. A roster of who will do the shopping is drawn up and after each trip to the markets everything is divided up by the shoppers and sorted for collection.

The only thing that would be better is if it was all organic. There are plenty of organic markets around Sydney, but I don't know of any where we could do a bulk shop. When we do our co-op shop we end up with 3 supermarket trollies piled high with boxes of goodness. Does anyone know where we could do this sort of shopping for organic produce? That would make for a really happy Friday.

Hope you have a happy Friday!