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Anyone else FED UP with Bountiful Baskets?

fluffitude Oct 3, 2011 12:50 PM

I after my second to last purchase from them, I vowed to not participate again but we LOVE 9 grain bread I went ahead and participated two weeks ago. Again, I was so disappointed in (low) level of quality of the produce they offered. The lettuce had was completely brown inside and went directly into the trash. The nectarines were very, very hard so I left them to ripen a bit but they rotted within four days (and were still hard! how does that happen??). The other items were meh...

I started having a lot of questions that could not be answered as Bountiful Baskets do not answer emails (I've tried).

With the abundance of local produce available, why was everything from California, Mexico and places other than Arizona?

Why are there grocery stickers on some of the items?

Being a slightly suspicious sort, I wondered was this "co-op" legit and began doing some research. I found Articles of Incorporation filed with Arizona for Bountiful Baskets with Sally & Tanya being the owners. Thing is..it's a FOR PROFIT company.

Wth? Can anyone add to this?

Oh, and if I could just buy their bread somewhere else..it's amazing but not identifiable as the bags are unmarked. Can anyone enlighten as to the bread maker? I would be in your debt ;)

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    cactuschowdah Oct 4, 2011 08:47 AM

    I pretty much gave up on them last year as well- I was spending too much for subpar stuff, half of which I didn't really want. Between the other farmer's markets around, and Whole Foods, I can get local stuff cheaper and without the hassle of bountiful baskets.

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      fluffitude Oct 4, 2011 10:16 AM

      I just really regret not being able to get the bread they sell. It's in unmarked bags for a reason, I guess.

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        apl222 Oct 4, 2011 11:17 AM

        I get the Nine-Grain from BB frequently. There is always an Alpine Valley sticker on the outside bag. I'm not sure about other kinds of bread they offer.

        http://www.alpinevalleybread.com/

        1. re: apl222
          fluffitude Oct 4, 2011 12:11 PM

          great! will check it out.

          but what is weird is I just checked the outside bag (got some stashed in our freezer) and no sticker.

          Thank you so much for your response!

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      skirk Oct 7, 2011 06:36 PM

      A relative used to do this and their bread was "Alpine" too. I get it at the Christown/Spectrum Costco. It is delicious!

      1. Barbara Saavedra Mar 22, 2012 06:30 PM

        Yes, I agree. I stopped using Bountiful Baskets, also because of ‘subpar’ produce, and also because it is NOT local.
        I tried coutless times to talk to the organizers of the group about my concerns with no response.
        One of the organizer at the park told me i had to tell them right then and there. Sometimes that was difficult because we were standing outside in a park in cold winter weather and sometimes it was not even light out. I so prefer the ‘farmers markets’ where you have your choices and can also chat with the local growers.
        Not happy at all with the opeeration or the quality that Boutiful Baskets brings......

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          doobydub Jan 11, 2014 08:09 AM

          http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip...
          Same address as Kodiak produce a distribution company. To me it appears that they are not an International Cooperative Alliance principled organization. No Board of Directors, no election process as Co-ops are one member one vote, no equity investment process, no ownership for the people making orders. They don't have a process to share profits with their members.

          They are a distribution company marketing a buying club and trading on the good reputation of how "Food Co-op" is perceived by the public. The only way to counter this is to better educate people on what a Co-op is and does.

          Of course with just a couple of bucks of profit per order at the hundreds of sites per week, the owners are reaping probably thousands of dollars a week with their model of operation. Why pay staff or sales people when you can get "volunteers" to work for a produce credit.

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