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Boston Organics did not impress...

Ernie Diamond | May 3, 2006 04:17 PM

Before I start, I do sincerely thank those of you who recommended BO. It seems to be a good operation on paper so despite the following remarks, I do appreciate the suggestion. That said; I am surprised that it got the favorable rating it did.

For several days, my GF and I had been looking over the site and speaking with the (very sweet) people over at BO, trying to arrange a delivery day that would suit us. I went to bed at night dreaming of delivery day when a quaint wooden crate, bursting with beets, clutches of herbs, bunches of radishes, still dirty potatoes and a smattering of dewy spring fruits arrived on my doorstep.

Today, day of days, the crate arrived! If anything, the sturdy green box (a la Peapod) only made me more excited to witness the bounty within.

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Now, I admit that the title "Boston Organics" allowed me to deliberately mislead myself as to the contents. Research on the site clued me into the fact that what we would get a selection of fruits and vegetables not native to New England but I was crestfallen by the sight of a bunch of plastic-bagged celery, a plastic carton of salad greens and a bunch of bananas staring back at me.

Most of the produce is from California, the two pears are rock hard as is the sole mango, a Tommy Atkins, widely known as a sour, fibrous but easy to ship variety. The Ataulfo mangoes are in the market now. I don't understand why they would substitute a lesser variety! One zucchini, one cucumber, a cellophane bag of chopped greens, two Granny Smith apples...to see the selection is to understand my disappointment. That this ostensibly organic produce was shipped all the way from California can only be explained with the understanding that it was rock hard and under ripe when sent.

Without exaggeration, you could get five times the produce of comparable quality at Haymarket for the same price while at the very least supporting local vendors.

The newsletter explained the problem with crop shortages in California and noted that the cool eastern weather has limited the amount of available produce but this wasn't a good first impression.

We may be tempted to give this another shot in a few weeks but not for awhile.

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