Fresh produce delivered to your door

August 15, 2010 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

From Lee brothers farm (Shawn Rocco, News and Observer)

Imagine if you could get a weekly box of fresh local fruit, vegetables and meat delivered where you live or work? Turns out you can, if you’re in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Durham or Clayton, though you may have to get on a waiting list.

Thanks to  The Produce Box, Papa Spuds and a partnership with Eastern Carolina Organics, a cooperative food distributor in Pittsboro, consumers can go to a website, find out what’s available, pick what they like, pay by credit card, and have a box of fresh goodness delivered every week, for about $22 to $40 depending on box size.

Conscientious consumers hungry for fresh, healthy, local food have been swarming to farmer’s markets and signing up for CSAs (community supported agriculture). At the farmer’s markets, you take your pick of what’s available and bring home only as much as you need, though if you’re like me, you’ll probably get carried away and overdo it anyway. What I like most is that you can meet the farmers, find out how the food was grown and how to cook it, and you are assured that it was grown within 50 miles of the market.

With a CSA, you usually pay in advance for a whole season of vegetables and accept what’s put in your weekly box, with some offering a bit of choice. What I like about this option is going out to the farm to pick it up.  Some CSA’s will deliver to a convenient location, including workplaces and the best ones offer recipes. CSA’s offer a great opportunity to really get to know the farmers and to experience food you may not have eaten before. Some CSA members even volunteer at their chosen farm.

But for busy folks who can’t always get to the market or pay a large sum in advance for a CSA, these home delivery services seem like a good option. I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried one.

Learn  more in an excellent feature by Sue Stock and Andrea Weigl in The News and Observer.

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