Produce prices have been going up sharply this winter, so to keep an appropriate amount of produce in the baskets the basket prices are going up by $5 in March.
This is the result of the bizarre weather conditions in California. They have had significantly less rain recently. January is historically the wettest month of the year in CA and they got no rain at all this January. Their reservoirs are dry. Planting has been postponed or cancelled, and there is a huge drought there. When you consider that most of America's produce comes from CA, prices will stay high even for local produce, as there will be significantly less quality produce on the market.
The Basic, Fruit, and Veggie Basket sizes is $25 and the Big is $45 starting March 6th. The change will happen automatically. Please also not some of the refrigerator items also have changed prices.
I had posted an inquiry on our Facebook page on Feb 6th and got some good responses from the members. To participate in these types of discussions please keep in touch with us on the Facebook page. We post recipes, describe the more unusual produce, post Actions we can take to secure a less toxic environment, and we also post the latest Co-op happenings.
Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op is a local co-operative for buying organic fruits, vegetables, dairy and some meats at below supermarket prices. Read about the produce and then How it Works. We have weekly and biweekly pickups in Mountain Lakes, Bernardsville, Rockaway, Madison, and Denville. Find out more about our pickup sites on their webpages too.
During the growing season, the produce is grown in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York States. During the winter and spring we source from as close as possible within the United States, except bananas and periodic tropicals. We always try to purchase the more locally grown produce over that from further away. For example,the citrus comes from Florida before California. For an idea of what may be in the baskets at a given time of year visit our Harvest Seasons and Availability chart.
Our baskets are well rounded with leafy greens, seasonal salad vegetables, cooking vegetables, and a nice variety of seasonal fruits and berries. The quality of the produce is a matter of pride, and our prices are below supermarket prices for comparable items.
Try a Trial Basket before you join and enjoy the fresh organic flavors and the convenience of the Co-op, while knowing your eating habits are working toward a Healthier Earth. When you know it's the right thing for your family Join the Co-op!