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Volunteer Spotlight Herriman Fire Station

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Trish Slussar – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Herriman Fire Station

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

I first heard of Bountiful Baskets in 2009, on a couponing website. I started participating that Fall even though the closest pick up site was 15 miles away from my house. And I have been participating ever since.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

To be honest, I did it mostly to have a site near me! But also to be a part of something that brought so much to people’s lives. Healthy eating is important to me and I was always hearing people complain about how expensive fresh produce is. This solves that problem for people!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

I love that just by contributing for a basket I have essentially automated the fresh produce in our home. I don’t have to really think too much about it. Just pick it up and then find great ways to use it.

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

I have really enjoyed getting to know our regular volunteers and meeting new people. I love it when we get new participants and they just look so excited when they come for their first pick up.

What are your favorite basket items?

Mangoes, Brussels sprouts, berries and asparagus.

Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.

My co-Volunteer Site Coordinator, Mollie, and I take turns running the site each week and cover for each other for vacations and such. We also each volunteer when it’s not our turn to be the VSC. She and her family have become our friends and I look forward to the time we get to work together each weekend. We run our site out of a beautiful new firestation building right around the corner from my house. We have a nice indoor space in the Winter and a great outdoor space, in the parking lot, in the Summer. The site is in a great location where we can enjoy pretty sunrises every Saturday morning. And we LOVE our firefighter hosts, they are always asking if there is anything they can do for us. They are so accommodating.

What makes your site fun – or unique?

We have a really good core of regular volunteers who enjoy showing new volunteers the ropes. And we get to run our site in a beautiful building with a view of gorgeous sunrises every Saturday morning.

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

We must not be very crazy or silly because I can’t think of anything. ha! I think our participants appreciate that we are friendly and get the distribution done quickly so they can get on with their weekends.

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?

I don’t have too many basket dreams anymore. I used to dream that the cases of produce were being unloaded and they just kept coming and coming and coming, like clowns out of a tiny car!

How has BB changed your life?

It has made adding lots of fresh produce to our diets a no-brainer.

What do you do when you’re not doing BB?

I am the committee chair for our city’s community garden. That keeps me busy during the summer. And I enjoy making art and spending lots of time with our large and growing family.

Tell us a little about your family

My husband and I have 7 kids. 6 daughters and a son. Five of them are grown and have families of their own. We have a dozen or so grandkids, with some fluctuation for our “bonus” foster grandkids.

If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?

Teleportation. I’ve got so many places to go and things to see and so little time!

How many baby elephants did you contribute for last April?

None. lol

Anything else you’d like to share?

We might not be as silly and goofy as some of the Volunteer Site Coordinator’s at sites near us, or our VERY energetic and delightful Volunteer Area Coordinator, but we really care about our participants and we try to give them a quick distribution and a friendly start to their Saturday morning.

Focus on Valley Fair Mall Site

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Valley Fair Mall Site of Bountiful Baskets is in West Valley City, new Salt Lake City, Utah.  Heather Shafer is so amazing and we would love to let you get to know her!

Heather Shafer – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Valley Fair Mall

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I had heard about Bountiful Baskets several years back, but at the time, there weren’t that many sites, and I was unwilling to get up at 6:00 am and drive 30 miles to go get my produce (little did I know what I’d be doing a few years later!!) I started in February of 2011 when one of my neighbors shared on Facebook her Bountiful Baskets haul…I figured I’d look into it again, and thankfully there were more sites and closer to me! I officially became a VSC in June of 2013.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
I was volunteering almost every week anyway, so I figured being a Site Coordinator wouldn’t be *that* much more work! Also, one of the Site Coordinators was moving away and needed to find a replacement, so it just worked out!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
Oh my…what ISN’T my favorite part? Ok…maybe the getting up at 5:30am part, but seriously, Bountiful Baskets has great produce and their other products like the wraps, the bread and the oil are all such fabulous deals!
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Want to have fun while making lunch?

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

This “game” is the classic parent trick of “I’ll slice the pie you can pick the slice!“   The kids love the autonomy and you love watching them make great choices.

There’s a sample, and then a blank so you can choose things you have in the refrigerator.  You can also laminate and use dry erase markers to reuse, or just print a new one when you run out of things.

Click this link to get to our Fun Lunch Maker

Enjoy,
Sally & Tanya

Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Frittata

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

My chickens have an incredible ability to produce more eggs than we can eat at breakfast, so we are constantly on the lookout for dinner recipes that have the ability to use a ton of eggs!  This recipe fits the bill, and could only perhaps be improved by a smidge of bacon being added at the beginning.
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Sally’s 2013 Cranberry Sauce

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

2013 Cranberry Sauce
Remember that Sesame Street at the crayon factory?  That was the best to me.  I always have to know HOW things are made.  The devil is in the details!
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Pork Roast with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Celeriac

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Comfort food seems to be my specialty.  Serve this with a green salad, and you have a solid home-run dinner.  The sauce is perfect for family, and is a great basic BBQ sauce that you can add to if you want to dress it up or suit your own tastes.  I got started making my own when I started getting bad MSG headaches.  It’s so simple it’s a fallback with my crockpot when I want an amazing dinner with minimal effort.
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Plummy Passion Pack – July 2013

Friday, July 12th, 2013

As you go through your Plummy Passion Pack it’s fun to identify what you are eating!  It’s a family tradition in our house to cut one of each type into small chunks and try each type.  Each person chooses their favorite!  Have fun with your pack!

Whole Wheat Orange and Blueberry Cake with Orange Glaze

Monday, May 27th, 2013
Whole Wheat Orange and Blueberry Cake with Orange Glaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Orange and Blueberry Cake with Orange Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil
  • 1 T Orange zest
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t Vanilla
  • 3 C whole wheat flour (1/4 cup to toss with berries)
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t kosher salt (unless using salted butter)
  • 3 c fresh blue berries
  • 1 c butter milk
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 c Fresh orange juice
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 2 c confectioners (powdered) sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter and coconut oil with Orange zest and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup of the flour
  4. Whisk the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to the liquid and add the buttermilk.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment and a little cooking spray or use butter and flour to coat.
  8. Spread batter into pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Use a toothpick to check for doneness. Let cool at least 15 minutes before glazing.
  9. Making the Glaze:
  10. Add 1/4 c orange juice to the confectioners sugar.
  11. Add orange zest.
  12. Mix well. Add additional orange juice if the glaze is too thick. Glaze should be pourable.
  13. Poke holes in the top with a chopstick and pour glaze over top. Don't get crazy with the glaze since it does not harden. You could add less liquid and make it more like a frosting I suppose but this thing is pretty sweet as is.

Cucumber Radish Salad

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

The radishes are staring at you, and you are staring at them. What in the world will you do with 6. You can slice one or two up in a regular green salad with dinner, or perhaps use them in some coleslaw with the cabbage you received this week, but better than that you can get rid of the whole bunch plus your cucumber and any stray carrots left in the ‘fridge with this zesty sweet salad! (You can really tell we focus on 100% basket consumption around here!)

Cucumber Radish Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 english cucumber, seeded and sliced length wise and then into cubes
  • 1/2 bell pepper cubed
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • 6 medium radishes shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Chop/shred the cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, and radishes to a medium bowl. Mix with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and parsley. Top with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Potential Mango Recall

Monday, August 27th, 2012

We have been informed that Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled a limited number of Daniella brand mangoes due to the presence of Salmonella. One of Bountiful Baskets vendors supplied us with some Daniella mangoes last weekend (8/25) that were included in the Conventional Basket at two sites only; Vancouver, Washington and Salem, Oregon. Also, the full personal cases of Mangoes that were distributed co-op wide on 8/11/2012 are Daniella Mangoes. The mangoes that were distributed in baskets on 8/4/2012 and 7/25/2012 are also Daniella Mangoes.

Our vendors were informed this evening that the grower/shipper of the mangoes that were supplied announced a VOLUNTARY and PRECAUTIONARY recall. There has been no USDA recall. However, “when in doubt throw it out.” So with your health and safety in mind we are taking a very preventative and proactive measure and we are asking you to discard all of your produce from the 8/25/2012 basket that you received in Salem, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington ONLY. Those sites will receive a credit for the basket from 8/25/2012. Site wide personal case(s) of mangoes from 8/11/2012 will be credited.

For more information please see Food Safety Watch (http://www.foodsafetywatch.com/public/481.cfm) or USDA (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/salmonella_questions_&_answers/)

Best,
Sally & Tanya