Organically Yummy

by Heligirl on March 4, 2010

in Daily Ramblings

Fresh Organic Produce

Fresh organic produce delivered to your door. Yummy!

In my ever busy attempt to find ways to introduce my children, and let’s face it, my burger, beer and fries loving Hubby, to the world of different foods, I signed up to receive a box of fresh organic fruits and vegetables every other week. My first thought: it never hurts to be more healthy and I like the idea of putting organic food into my babies. My second thought: I wonder if I really can get Hubby’s cholesterol down 50 points if I get reeeeally creative with unprocessed food to the point where he’ll prefer it. You can’t hear me, but know I’m laughing really hard right now.

I’d heard of this service in the Seattle area by Full Circle Farm just after Sweetness was born. I signed up about the time she hit six months, when she started solid food. I was a good little mommy. My box would come and I’d steam, puree, poor into ice cube trays, and freeze the wholesome goodness for my precious. Then as she got old enough to eat things straight, I’d leave out the puree step and serve the produce either raw (like lettuce and fruits) or steamed, or in the case of potatoes, baked.

Then I got pregnant. Picking up a box every other week from a drop spot (someone’s front porch) was getting MIGHTY old. And I didn’t have the time to plan meals. I was puking for God’s sake. Not even fresh, organic mangos sounded good. So I canceled.

Then, this nice little e-mail comes from the farm last month: “We’ve started home delivery!” Mr. Man is now on solid food and, while he hasn’t said as much, he might not be that into just peas, carrots, sweet potatoes or jar food (because I’m just not that creative and kind of need to be pushed in the food prep department). I signed back up. Now I get a box of a whole variety of fruits and vegis waiting on my doorstep when I rise every other Wednesday. (That’s the box arriving every other Wednesday, not me rising every other Wednesday.)

I can’t say enough about this service. The food is very fresh and tasty. A lot of it is grown right here in our county. You get an e-mail telling you what’s coming on Friday and you have until Sunday to log on to the website and switch out things if you prefer. I do that part Friday, menu plan and shop for the rest of my stuff over the weekend, and my box of wholesome yumminess is delivered Wednesday morning by “courteous and quiet drivers.” Which is a good thing, because that box has been there at 6 am every morning and I never knew anyone had been in the yard.

So I spent about an hour yesterday steaming, pureeing and freezing zucchini, apples, pears, mango and carrots. Then we had yummy brazed beef and root vegis (baked dish with beef, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and chicken broth) which we could puree for little man after we three had had our share.  One day’s work is at least two weeks of meals for his chunkiness. The best part, no mommy guilt for copping out and making mac and cheese for us and pre-packaged baby food for Mr. Man.

There are a lot of these great services all over the place. Google “community supported agriculture” or “CSA” and your city. I bet you’ll find one close by!

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