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Several years ago, we lived close to one of the local area farmer’s markets. I loved the convenience and option of visiting on a Saturday morning to buy fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses from area farmers. The freshness can’t be beat plus it was a great opportunity to teach my son about where our food comes from.
Fast forward to a move to a new house where visiting the farmer’s market just isn’t convenient. Not to mention job changes, a new baby, etc. Trying to do any grocery shopping besides the closest grocery & club stores just wasn’t happening.
About a year ago, I heard about The Produce Box and it’s offering of weekly, fresh produce delivered to your front door. The idea sounded great, but I had concerns – would we like it all? Could we really eat that much? Is it affordable?
Other important day-to-day life items jumped ahead of it as far as me taking the time to learn more to the point I quickly forgot all about it. Just as the idea re-entered my mind, I received an email offering me the opportunity to give The Produce Box a try. Admittedly, even though I was already considering it (again), I was still a bit unsure, but this felt like the perfect opportunity to go for it and see how it works for our family.
We’ve been trying The Produce Box for a little over a month now and have received 2 boxes. If that sounds like the math doesn’t work out, that’s because we’ve given the “skip” option a try as well. Yes, you can skip weeks. Which, in my opinion, is pretty great because we’re all going to have weeks where we travel or have some other reason (slow to finish the previous box?) where we might not want a delivery and the associated cost.
There are multiple box options (including a create your own) so it is possible to find a box that is sized well for your family and you all will most likely enjoy. During the ordering process you can select an item to remove and another item to replace it for a small fee (i.e., I chose to omit the turnips in our recent Sprout box and substituted small sweet potatoes instead.)
The boxes have forced me to get a little more creative with meal planning and my own taste buds. I confess, to my knowledge, I’d never had leeks before my first Produce Box. A quick search on Pinterest and I knew how to properly clean them plus had an idea for how to cook them with that week’s sweet potato to create a tasty gratin we all enjoyed.
Also, there is a sheet included with your box each week that details the included items, who the farmer is, where they were grown, and gives suggestions on what meals to use your produce in as well as a couple of recipes.
You can add more items. Does your family really love strawberries or maybe you’re entertaining and need more lettuce for a salad? You can add on additional produce to what is already included in the box. You can also add other items including meats, cheeses, breads, etc. [All additional items have an associated fee that is noted when ordering.]
My favorite part has been how excited my kids are seeing what arrives. Even the toddler wants to dig right into the box and touch everything (still working on getting her to eat it all). Not to mention how fresh the produces is plus the good feeling of knowing we are supporting local farmers – our own neighbors. It doesn’t get better than that.
Have you tried The Produce Box? What do you think?
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