So we had tried a CSA a couple of years ago, love the idea. Bless their hearts, they had a terrible terrible year. We drove 40" each way to pick up a box that was, on good weeks, irritatingly disappointing; on bad weeks it felt like we were rattling home with 4 skinny carrots and some slimy spinach, for top $$. We'd stop at the Gingerman sometimes after picking up the box -- at least there was something bright in the day. :)
I don't recall where I ran across greenling.com last week, but decided to try ordering that night. It's basically an Austin engineering student's idea to provide fresh local/organic produce and foods; recently expanded to DFW area. You input zip code to determine if you're served; there's a pre-set delivery date if so; you choose from veg/fruit, dairy, meat, artisan options. A tote with your produce and ice packs is delivered to your door.
I tried the "Local Box" for $35, plus the "Farmstead Box" for another $15. You can also pick and choose what you'd like by individual item. You can order one-time only or regular delivery.
Local box this week included:
Green Butter Lettuce/(alt: Romaine Lettuce) - Gnismer Farm/( Walnut Creek Farm)
Campari Tomatoes (7) - Walnut Creek Farm
Spinach Bunch - Walnut Creek Farm
Grapefruit (1) - G&S Groves
Limes (4) - G&S Groves
Turnips (3) -Just Peachy Farm/ Lightsey Farm
Radishes/(alt:Beet Bunch/Rutabagas) - Texas Daily Harvest/( Lightsey Farm/ Just Peachy Farm)
Kale - Lightsey Farm
Portobella Mushrooms (2)- Kitchen Pride
Local Eggs (dozen) - Sloan Creek Farm
Basil Garlic Spread (8 oz) - (neufchatel w/herbs) - Full Quiver
Sliced 9 Grain Loaf - Village Baking Company
The tomatoes were tasty and firm; the spinach very fresh and flavorful; kale is crisp and not bitter. Portabellas were firm and tight; butter lettuce in good shape (not hydroponic-tender); radishes snappy. The bread is *wonderful*; spread is nice, haven't had eggs yet.
Everything came well-chilled and in good shape; even used the radish greens with the kale. I made a point of not looking at the week's list so that I'd be surprised like a CSA (yes, I like to watch Chopped! I know, I know). It's certainly not all the veggies we need for two for a week but it's a fun challenge, and it's nice to try local.
I'm ordering again tonight for next week. When I read over this post, it sounds like I'm this kid's mom or something lol -- I swear not! I just really like the idea, and the implementation was well-done.
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