I am a busy lady, between travel, work, blogging– sometimes I just don’t get to go to the grocery store, much less a farmer’s market. This isn’t so good, because I really like to shop local, and there’s nothing better than the locally-grown fruits and vegetables we can find in southern Ohio. When someone in my building suggested Farm Fresh Delivery as an easy way to get groceries, I jumped on it– particularly since a few days later, they were available on Groupon. I got my first box at a discount, and have been hooked ever since. I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about them sooner!
The concept is simple: organic and local produce, delivered to your door. There are a bunch of different sizes of boxes– fruit only, extra small, small, medium, and large bins. You can also add other local and organic produce and other groceries to your order, all delivered to your door. My box this week (which is delivered on Tuesdays), was pretty great, and included:
- local sweet corn (Stout’s Melody Acres)
- local red beets (Elmwood)
- local green beans (Feel Good Farm)
- local squash (Feel Good Farm)
- local cucumber (Elmwood)
- local broccoli (Stout’s Melody Acres)
I also got some pluots, peaches, grapes, avocados and strawberries. The box was $35 and worth every penny. I’m looking forward to some steamed corn, pickled beets, and munching on lots of fruit this week!
It’s also super convenient– I can suspend an order when I travel, or add items to my standing order, or substitute if there’s something in the list I don’t like or won’t use.. We always get Snowville Creamery skim milk, and I’m addicted to their Arrowhead Farms herb chevre. I also get wild, sustainable salmon, Dean’s Farms chicken (which is amazing) and I just got some really fantastic local cottage cheese made from grass-fed cow’s milk. You can get spices from Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice, Seven Hills coffee, and Bourbon Barrel Foods (their sorghum is really nice).
The produce is always great quality– they deliver to my door, and they pack the box with plenty of ice to make sure the milk and meat don’t spoil in hot weather. If you get product that isn’t up to par, they’ll replace it or credit your account. I don’t get everything from them– when I have time, I like browsing the farmer’s market at Findlay too much to avoid it (and the heirloom tomatoes! Can’t wait…). But if you like to experiment with fruits and vegetables, or if there’s a certain farm whose products you like (like my Snowville standing order), this is a great option. They also send out this great recipe newsletter that helps with figuring out what to do with some of the more unfamiliar vegetables (what to do with pea shoots, for example).
So– Farm Fresh Delivery has offered a free delivery to one of my readers! To enter, choose any or all of the following to get your entries.
1. Comment with your favorite local food or vegetable finds, and no, it doesn’t have to be from FFD.
2. Tweet about the contest
3. Blog about the contest (and post a comment with a link).
The contest will end Friday, July 16 and the winner will receive one free delivery. And nope, they haven’t provided me with a free delivery (aside from the half-price Groupon), I just really love the service!