Some people who write food blogs are very business-like about it, drawing an income for themselves through ads, partnerships, sponsorships, etc. I know some of these smart people! But I am not one of them. Until very recently this blog provided me neither lunch money nor lunch–I write here in internet obscurity more or less for my own mental health and to share my experience with the likeminded readers I have somehow accumulated over the years. Periodically, I get approached by a representative of one company or another with the offer of a free product in exchange for my writing a post about it. I’m not opposed to this or anything–I like free stuff as much as the next person and naturally I would always disclose this kind of thing to you–but the types of products people have wanted to either A) give me or B) advertise here are things that I would not eat. I am really hard core about not eating highly processed foods.
But when Door to Door Organics offered to send me a box of farm-fresh organic vegetables, I didn’t instantly reject it. Instead this is how I replied:
Thanks for reaching out. Sure, I would love to try your products as long as you understand that if for whatever reason I don’t like it, I won’t write about it. I would provide you feedback on what I didn’t like enough to recommend. It’s really important for me to keep my blog totally honest.
And with that agreement in place, I requested a produce box. While I waited for my delivery day, I learned more about the service. Convenience is clearly the most appealing aspect of Door to Door Organics. If you’ve ever belonged to a CSA, you know there are two major weekly logistical challenges. First, you need to get your schedule organized enough to make it to the drop-off location during the time window on your delivery day. Next, you need to have the flexibility/cooking skills to work with the surprise assortment of vegetables in your box. Door to Door eliminates both these issue–you have a lot of control over what’s in the box, and it’s delivered right to your work place or home. Nice, right? It’s also available year-round. Of course, during the winter, you get organic produce from non-local regions, just as you would at the supermarket.
I couldn’t wait to start cooking from my box, and when I tore into it, this is what I saw:
Here’s everything that was inside:
- 1/2 pound green beans
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green bell pepper
- 3/4 pound potatoes
- 2 eggplants
- 1 head red leaf lettuce
- 1 box baby salad greens
- 1 box cherry tomatoes
- 2 yellow squash
This was the “little” farm box and the price is $27. It was a very good value for some great quality produce that was brought to my own front door.
Here’s some of the things I made with my bounty:
- Dan’s great big lunch salad
- Eggs scrambled with green peppers
- Dinner salad with roasted potatoes
Since then, I’ve been noticing the Door to Door boxes on people’s doorsteps all over town. I guess a lot of people enjoy the convenience of organic vegetables minus the trip to the grocery store or farmers’ market. (Seriously, I love farmers’ markets but did anyone else try to shop at Headhouse yesterday? I’ve been in New York City rush hour subway cars less crowded!) Something like this can really be a life (and health) saver when schedules get crazy and shopping falls off the to-do list.
Just for my readers, Door to Door organics has generously arranged for a discount. Visit the web site, place an order, and when you checkout, use “joymanning” as your discount code for $10 off. You don’t commit to a subscription or anything, so you can try it out just one time to see if you like the produce and the service. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!