Special Delivery

A few weeks ago, I was at work engaging in my favorite wasting-time-at-work-pastime: online shopping, when it popped into my head: I should join a produce delivery service. I’d thought about joining a CSA in the past, but that was more when I first started trying to eat more produce and wasn’t working full time, living on my own, etc. I thought of them as too expensive for me or a large commitment.

But as I was wasting-time-at-work-online-shopping, I decided to check out what was offered in my area. It turns out, there’s some pretty good choices now. Companies have organized to bring together food from various farms, package them, and deliver them to your door. After perusing the various options, I settled on joining Dominion Harvest.

They boasted several different box options, weekly or biweekly delivery, there’s no commitment (you can cancel whenever you want to), and they report providing only organic or pesticide-free produce. At $39/box for 10-11 produce items, I decided that it was worth it. Let’s go over the benefits:

1) Local produce without having to make sure I can get to a farmer’s market at the appropriate time.

2) No room for indecisive-me to make decisions and waste time

3) Studies show that it is actually more energy-efficient to have groceries delivered to your home than to go to the grocery store {this one’s a stretch since I still have to go for other things, but work with me here}

4) This program forces me to: a) eat in season, b) try new produce, c) be inventive.

**Let me take a moment to declare that I am in no way getting any payment/perks for writing this. This is just me reflecting on an awesome find in Richmond**

 So every other Wednesday, this arrives at my door:

the goods.

the goods.

I gracefully kick the box into my apartment and delve into the goods.

dominion harvest contents and farmsEach delivery comes with a list so you can tell (A) what’s in your box and (B) where each food-stuff came from.

 

Silly me forgot to take pictures of everything before cooking but here’s a look-see at what I got:

Shitakes and Strawberries

Shitakes and Strawberries

Nappa Cabbage, Bibb Lettuce, & Mustard Greens

Nappa Cabbage, Bibb Lettuce, & Mustard Greens

Dino Kale

Dino Kale

The kale, asparagus, beets, beet greens, and broccoli came from Dominion Harvest

So far the deliveries are definitely getting me to eat lots of good greens! (Tis the season) I just added some Bibb lettuce to this lentil dish I threw together the other day. Worked well- who knew.

Have you ever tried a produce delivery service?

What’s your favorite time waster?

 

 

 

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One (wo)man’s trash…

Recently I’ve discovered something great! …OK, discovered probably isn’t the right word. I more realized something great. (It’s still great of course) …

Repurposing Products’ Containers
I don’t know why I ever threw them away before! What was I thinking? Lesson learned: when you get a good, glass (or even plastic under certain circumstances) you keep it. And use it. Again and again!
Let’s go through my small but growing collection, shall we?

Nut Butter Jars:
When you buy the natural stuff, a lot of times they come with awesome glass jars! (plastic’s not terrible though)

Keep them and use them for…
Overnight Oats



Or you could use them to store homemade nut butters
{Photos to come when I get my act together and finally make my own}
Other ideas:
– homemade sauces
– smoothies
– cereal
– water
– seed storage

Glass Spice Jars:

(OK, so I only have one at the moment)

Uses:
– Homemade Sauces –> pictured is a peanut sauce
– Homemade Spice Blends

Small Oat Containers:

OK, so I was lazy and borrowed this image from someplace else.

Uses:
Storing hot cereals that (annoyingly) come in bags.
I like to store my oat bran in an old quick oats container. I find that oat bran frequently comes in annoying packaging: plastic bags, boxes that don’t reclose. Solution: keep one of those oat containers, and stick your oat bran in there.

Peanut Containers:
I love those big see-through peanut jars! They’re probably the best thing to reuse – especially when you buy nuts/trail mix/dried fruit at Trader Joe’s!

As you can see, I’ve stuffed these with pistachios and mixed nuts, respectively. I’m going to have to buy another glass jar of peanuts soon, so that I can store my peanuts (they’re currently in their original Trader Joe’s bag). Because I obviously need 3 different varieties in my apartment at once. For only my consumption. Duh!
…maybe I should try to get around to making my own nut butter soon…

Yogurt Containers:
Yogurt containers are great for storing leftovers. Especially when you’re one person and you make 4 serving meals.
If you buy Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, you will have noticed that they recently started making their lids clear! Which is perrrfect for leftovers. (Nothing’s worse than losing your leftovers in the fridge because you think it’s yogurt)

As a side note – it’s probably best not to microwave these containers.

So now I have some questions for you…

What’s your favorite container to reuse?

Do you have any good dressing/sauce ideas for me? (I have hungry jars)