Fresh Option Organic Delivery

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.


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4 Responses to Fresh Option Organic Delivery

  1. Sarah, thanks for posting about this! I saw FOOD mentioned in the paper a few weeks ago and meant to look them up, but forgot to until I saw this. What a great service they are offering – I’m looking forward to reading your update!

  2. I love your theme, is it custom?

  3. Sarah

    No, Andy, it’s not! It’s one of the standard themes that comes on, the “Pressbox” theme. I just changed the image at the top from a picture of a baseball diamond to a picture of sushi that I took a few years ago. :)

  4. jasmine

    hi there my mom lives in winnipeg and she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her name is Beckey Helwig , she is 51 years old and lives in government housing. Beckey receives social assistance. As you are probably aware her budget for proper eating is limited. Curently she uses the food bank to help with the cost and needs of her strict diet. She is trying really hard to fight and understands the needs to eat properly. MY name is Jasmine, i am her daughter i live in ontario…. i am trying to find ways to help her on her path. I can help my mom a little bit with her grocery cost……
    I myself have 2 children and a husband. mortage etc. I am not looking for a hand out… but i do need help to find a way where she can eat organic food and get the requirements that she desperately needs. Her totally budget for the month for food is 150 dollars…. that is for everything. Can you help by pointing me in the right direction or offer advice? Thank you so much for your time. Grateful for your food knowledge…… jasmine

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