Mikey and I are trying out a new service that I would have assumed is for the upper class only: getting organic fruit and vegetables delivered to our house bi-monthly! When we were touring around A Taste of Calgary downtown the other weekend, we stumbled upon a booth for a company called Organics Delivered. Based out of Toronto and recently expanding across the border and to Calgary, Organics Delivered
start[s] with 100% certified organic fruits and vegetables, best of season, local first and work out geographically based on seasonal availability and special needs. The boxes contain at least 14 to 16 items, generally 4-6 types of fruit and 7-9 types of veggies. Standards and exotics are varied per box but there will always be staples like lettuce, carrots, apples and bananas for your family, depending on your needs.
We’re trying out their two week trial program and the total cost for 2 giant bins of organic fruits and veggies: $96. Now, Mikey and I don’t have tons of money, and usually food is an area where we’ve been willing to save cash in favor of the “no name” brand foods and the cheap fruits, veggies, and meats from the grocery store.
However, all that’s changing for us…no longer do we think that food is an area in which to skimp because how you spend your food money is a direct picture of your values and how you spend your vote: for local, organic farmers and real whole foods, or for cheaper, higher processed foods that are made unethically. Now, it’s not always that black and white, but the truth is that real food counts, and it no longer seems like a sacrifice to spend money on our health.
We were thrilled to get this box because we were trying to save money and not buy a new batch of fruits and vegetables as we knew this one was coming; it was like Christmas in our house! 🙂 But there were a couple staples we could have used more of (2 white onions; those get used so fast! 2 tomatoes) but plenty of other goods like beets, turnips, potatoes, and fair trade bananas. It wasn’t quite as much as we thought it would be, but we’ll see how we feel after our next box that arrives next week.
A week later, we visited the Curry Barrack’s Farmer’s Market here in Calgary and made out with some goods to tide us over until our next delivery. It’s been stir fry city and zucchini madness around our house (thanks to the generous Hutterites who gave us extras at the end of the day for free!) and tonight for small group we’re making a cheesy zucchini pizza…yum! Will post the recipe afterward!
Have you ever tried a delivery service? What do you think of $96 for 2 weeks’ worth of organics? I’m not sure if we’ll continue with the service, but I think it’s a good assumption that in the winter this service will be more worth it than in the summers, when we have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets. Maybe this is a good time to start this program! What’s worth it to you – how do you spend your food money?
Keep eating real foods and enjoying each bite to the fullest – and when you indulge, do so in moderation, don’t feel guilty, and move for the sake of health, not to achieve a certain image. Be well, live well, and I’ll be back later this week!