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Posted Jun 12 2013 8:26pm

A few weeks ago, I was at work engaging in my favorite wasting-time-at-work-pastime: online shopping, when it popped into my head: I should join a produce delivery service. I’d thought about joining a CSA in the past, but that was more when I first started trying to eat more produce and wasn’t working full time, living on my own, etc. I thought of them as too expensive for me or a large commitment.

But as I was wasting-time-at-work-online-shopping, I decided to check out what was offered in my area. It turns out, there’s some pretty good choices now. Companies have organized to bring together food from various farms, package them, and deliver them to your door. After perusing the various options, I settled on joining Dominion Harvest .

They boasted several different box options, weekly or biweekly delivery, there’s no commitment (you can cancel whenever you want to), and they report providing only organic or pesticide-free produce. At $39/box for 10-11 produce items, I decided that it was worth it. Let’s go over the benefits:

1) Local produce without having to make sure I can get to a farmer’s market at the appropriate time.

2) No room for indecisive-me to make decisions and waste time

3) Studies show that it is actually more energy-efficient to have groceries delivered to your home than to go to the grocery store {this one’s a stretch since I still have to go for other things, but work with me here}

4) This program forces me to: a) eat in season, b) try new produce, c) be inventive.

**Let me take a moment to declare that I am in no way getting any payment/perks for writing this. This is just me reflecting on an awesome find in Richmond**

 So every other Wednesday, this arrives at my door:

the goods.

the goods.

I gracefully kick the box into my apartment and delve into the goods.

dominion harvest contents and farms Each delivery comes with a list so you can tell (A) what’s in your box and (B) where each food-stuff came from.

 

Silly me forgot to take pictures of everything before cooking but here’s a look-see at what I got:

Shitakes and Strawberries

Shitakes and Strawberries

Nappa Cabbage, Bibb Lettuce, & Mustard Greens

Nappa Cabbage, Bibb Lettuce, & Mustard Greens

Dino Kale

Dino Kale

The kale, asparagus, beets, beet greens, and broccoli came from Dominion Harvest

So far the deliveries are definitely getting me to eat lots of good greens! (Tis the season) I just added some Bibb lettuce to this lentil dish I threw together the other day. Worked well- who knew.

Have you ever tried a produce delivery service?

What’s your favorite time waster?

 

 

 


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