Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Veggie delivery

I'm thinking of ordering from a local/organic veggie delivery service to make sure that I get my daily dose of produce. Before law school, I had the luxury of browsing farmers markets, strolling the aisles of whole foods, and scooping up exotic items from the international markets. Now, I am lucky if I shop once every 10 days...and my produce is the first thing that gets eaten up; when it's gone, my resources are limited to pricey cafeteria fruit (and although I am in a part time evening program, the cafe closes before my first class ends, so unless I make it there early, I'm out of luck in the fruit and veggie department)

Behold my $1 banana.

Any ideas? So far my reseach has led me to the green grocer's site, as well as a community supported agriculture site in the area... The idea with the csa is that you own a share of the produce from a local farm. Some of them have delivery services, and some have pickup centers throughout the dc metro area.

However-- being busy, it might not be a good idea to get a box full of high intensity veggies (requiring lots of prep, like acorn squash) because they will probably spoil before I get to them. On the other hand, though the task may be difficult, it is definately worth doing-- it's far too easy to eat like crap when you have the ready and pressing reality of "no time."

Tonight, however, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy my $1 banana.


  1. I share a crop share with another apartment in New York that goes from May through October. This is my first year doing it, and I ended up really thinking it was worth it. I, personally, like the idea of having season dictate my produce choices. It forces me to learn new cooking techniques and vary my diet, and reduce the stress of the huge choice overload of the produce isle.
    It also felt "right" to eat locally and seasonally. This seems to be the big new hippie thing now and is outlined in a very well written and entertaining book - Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
    Also, Sharing it with other people (2 at our apartment and 2 at the other one) gave us just the right amount of veggies, and really only needed to be supplemented with things I could get at local grocery (bananas, avocados, other non-local things...). The crop share is the staple for most of the food we eat.
    With respect to time, I found that having a crop share really didn't add more time for cooking Which, hey, cooking is what I consider "leisure time", and this get's you excited about it. I found that those endless internet waste hours used for finding quick recipes for things like spaghetti squash (30 min steam, and then making literal interpretation w/ a tomato based spaghetti sauce! fun!) If you are already committed to making and preparing high quality meals, then the crop share is more like a supplement. (For me, about 1-3 hours a day total for all meals)
    Our crop share had different options. We signed up for a vegetable and fruit share (living with a vegie...) But there were egg shares, milk shares, meat shares, and flower shares!
    In the end, the csa was like a neat food adventure, since each week was different, and I am looking into winter options... (root share i guess...) A little research, with maybe some help eating all of the veggies by sharing your share, and some adventurous spirit really made it work for me.
    I hope this little ramble helped

  2. Thanks for the ramble Kevin! I love the idea of a crop share, but I dont want to waste food-- sharing would be a great solution.