With the seasonal closing of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market last weekend, and having put the garden to sleep earlier in October, we decided to take the plunge and sign up for something we’ve been interested in for a while: the Fresh Option Organic Delivery service.
Fresh Option delivers boxes of fruits and vegetables to your door weekly (or bi-weekly if you prefer). I’ve been interested in this service for quite a while, but we just didn’t think we could eat the veggies from the garden and the stuff from the farmers’ market and whatever was delivered! But now that we’re into winter (sort of), we decided to try it out.
It’s sort of like a pot luck for vegetables. Fresh Option posts the contents of your upcoming box on their website a few days in advance, allowing you time to plan your meals and research foods you haven’t tried before (for example, our first box will contain chard). We opted to get the small box once a week, and I’m surprised at how much stuff we’re going to get. If we go a few weeks and it looks like we’re getting too much food, we’ll scale it back to once every other week.
It’s also requiring us to shift when we do our meal planning, since we ordinarily go grocery shopping on Sundays. This first week, though, I’m using the few days leeway as a chance to get “caught up” and use up the veggies that we already have on hand: namely, almost a whole bag of onions. (French onion soup it is!)
When spring rolls around, the farmers’ market opens and the garden starts producing more zucchini than I know what to do with again, we will most likely cancel the service until the fall again. But until then, we’re looking at this as a challenge – can we use up all the fruits and veggies in once week? If anything, it’ll encourage us to get more veggies in our diet!
I’ll post again in a few weeks with an update as to how it’s going.