If you read my book review on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver last summer (you should if you haven’t), then you know why I’m into local produce. Unfortunately the amazing farmers market that I spoke about in that post isn’t there this year. To be honest I’m a bit devastated about it because they had some of the most amazing peaches and tomatoes I’ve ever had.
Because my gem of a farmers market is not there this year, I had to find another alternative for delicious (i.e. not shitty grocery store) local produce. There are other farmers markets in DC of course, but I don’t always make it to them, and here they can be overpriced. So in researching local produce I found From the Farmer. I’m all about CSA type programs, but hadn’t tried one yet and this one seemed a little different to me.
Right off the bat, the visual part of me noticed that this fresh local produce delivery service actually cared about branding and having a pretty website. Immediate brownie points. Then when I got into the details of all the things they do differently than other CSA’s I definitely wanted to try it.
I think having different sizes of produce baskets available is pretty normal, and delivering to your door, also normal. But they deliver overnight on Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings. So by 7am on Wednesday you’ll have your basket at your doorstep.
So what’s different about From the Farmer?
On Sunday, you’ll receive an email listing what comes in your basket. Each item in that email links out to a recipe you can make with it. Great idea, right? It gets better. If you don’t like one of the items on your list, or like me had some of that item left over from the week before, you can go in and switch out your items for others.
For example, in my first week I received 4 ears of corn. By the time my email came for the following week, I still hadn’t cooked the corn yet, and more corn was coming. So instead of getting even more corn, I switched my corn out for more tomatoes since I eat tomatoes almost every day.
When talking to some friends about this, they said something to the effect of that they had tried a CSA before and they always received mostly lettuce so they stopped. I’ve already had two baskets delivered, and so far, no lettuce at all! I’m sure it will come, and I will welcome it because I use it to make green juice, but I’ve already received a great variety of fruit and veggies in my basket.
Also, if you aren’t sure how much you’ll need or use, you can always start with the half bushel, and you can even pause your service! So if you are going out of town for a week, you just pause it. You can pause it however often you want, and for however long you want. So there’s no commitment.
So far I’ve loved the variety of produce.
Week One (photo above): Peaches, tomatoes, corn, onions, green beans, cherries, cucumbers, blueberries, summer squash.
Week Two: Eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, cauliflower, peppers, red new potatoes, and raspberries.
I love the challenge of figuring out what to make. My dinners are dictated by the produce I have, so I look up new recipes and try new things. I think that bit of limitation is actually helpful for me. It also forces me to try new things and new recipes.
With the produce so far I’ve made: Continue reading…