Happy New Year food friends!
This post is going up a few days late because I was struggling with what kind of post to start the new year off with. I wanted to bring you guys a new healthy recipe, but I haven’t really been making anything fancy, I’ve just been eating a lot of fruits and veggies since the new year. So, I figured I’d let you know where I’ve been getting these fruits and veggies from.
About a month before Christmas I signed up for The Organic Box. They are a local family owned company that delivers ‘local’ organic produce to your door either once a week or once every 2 weeks. They have service in Edmonton, as well as a bunch of the surrounding areas. Such as, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Devon and Spruce Grove just to name a few.
They focus on local first, trying to keep as much of your dollar in our communities as possible.
“But we also define local by buying from people who act locally in their own communities (own their own land, pay their workers living wages) with the money staying in those communities.”
It’s this philosophy that ensures we can get a good variety of different fruits and veggies through the long winter months in Edmonton. Just this week I got a mango, blackberries and asparagus in my box (among some other great items).
There are 2 sizes of box to choose from; single/couple size or family size. Ward and I get the singles size (which is $38/week +tax) and it is more than enough for us for the week.
Each Friday I get an email from them letting me know I can fill my box. I just go to their website and pick from the list of available fruits and veggies. Typically they have already made some selections based on what is fresh and available, but if you don’t like or won’t use the items they have recommended you can simply remove those from your box selection hit submit and custom select what you want. I have found that depending on what I already have in my box the selection of what I can still add will change. This is likely due in part to the price of each item. Because of this the actual amount of fruit and veggies you end up getting will vary depending on what the value is of the items you choose. They are also very committed to the quality of the produce that they supply. So, if you ever have an issue with something if you let them know they will make it right.
They also have a large selection of other things you can add to your weekly order. Such as organic dairy and eggs, organic meat from Sunworks Farms, bakery items and many more. If you really wanted you could purchase absolutely everything you need for your kitchen needs through them and never have to go to the grocery store again. 😉
My weekly Organic Box arrives on the same day every week and roughly around the same time. They ask for you to provide detailed delivery instruction for if you are not home. So if I’m not home I just let them into my building and they leave the box outside of my apartment suite door. I’ve included some photos below of a couple of the different boxes that I have received over the last few weeks.
I also think it is very important to make a stand, by ‘voting’ with the dollars we spend. By buying organic produce, we can push out producers that use harmful pesticides that are killing bees. Not to mention all of the other problems chemical pesticides have.
One of my personal goals of 2015 is to try and shop more local. I agree with the values that The Organic Box has so I think they will be a service that I continue to use. I wish you all luck with achieving your goals for the new year. Together we can make them happen.
Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!