Yesterday I briefly mentioned them in my Buttercup Squash recipe. And I feel they deserve a little more explanation that just a link to their site.
A couple of weeks ago I signed up for their delivery program - a box of fresh, local and organic produce delivered right to my door.
And that’s awesome. You know why? Because some amazing person brings you your groceries right to your door!!! To your door! You don’t have to go anywhere! Yes, you have to pay them for it but it’s wayyy less than going to Whole Foods (which is never cheap because it’s impossible to stick to a list there). Damn you Whole Foods and your tempting aisles.
For $37 you can get their Basic Fresh Box - the “biggest bang for your organic buck”. They pre-select what you’re going to get and it’ll change each week depending on what’s available and in season.
(Speaking of in season, October’s In Season foods are up on the home page.)
Or, for $42 you can get their Custom Fresh Box where you can select your fave fruits and veg and your not so faves and they’ll put together your box based on your preferences. Sweet!
If you don’t think you’ll get through everything in one week then you have the option of scheduling your delivery every two, three or four weeks.
And that’s not all. Do I sound like an infomercial yet? I was watching them late last night. Thankfully left my credit card in the other room but guess their sales pitches got embedded in my subconscious.
Anyways, back to that’s not all…
You also have the option of adding certified organic meats to your order. That’s right, happy meats brought right to your door! You don’t have to make an extra trip to the butcher. C’est magnifique!
You may be asking yourself why should you pay someone to bring you your groceries. Well, my friends, because many of us don’t have the time to stop by a farmers’ market every week. Instead, we do a one-stop-shop at Loblaw’s or Metro, where most of the produce is shipped in from Chile, China, Mexico, the States, and so on. And that spells “NO BUENO” because it means our food has come a long way to get here. It’s jet-lagged (I don’t know about you but I feel like death after visiting my parents in Hong Kong so can you imagine what that does to the quality of our food? Sayonara nutrients!) and was most likely grown in nutrient-depleted soils with goodness knows what kinds of pollutants in it (heavy metals? human feces? yum!). Not only that but transporting our food such insanely long distances is taxing on the environment and is expensive.
I was brought up on Captain Planet so I try to be as kind to the Earth as possible but not in a tie-myself-to-a-tree kind of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that). To me, that means buying local, sustainable and organic foods whenever possible. This provides you with foods that are more nutrient-dense, it keeps you in-tune with the seasons and also helps to support our local economy and small farms that use sustainable farming practices. Everybody wins! Except for the man! Woohoo!
I get my delivery today. Apparently, I’ll be getting potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, radishes, oranges, apples, pears, peppers, plums, kale, spinach, lettuce and parsley. Can’t wait!
It’s a fun activity even if you just get a delivery once a month. You’ve got a box of goodies that you’re forced (in a good way) to use (it’d be a pity to let anything go to waste). It’s a great way to get creative in your kitchen. Come up with delicious meals with your roommates, your man/lady-friend, or your kids. If you’re like me and live by yourself and are worried about not getting through all the food then you could go 50-50 on a box with your neighbour or another friend. Or, don’t share and take it as a challenge to amp up your fruit/veg intake.
Check out Front Door Organics for more details.