I have been testing two produce delivery services the past month or two, just to see if they work for us and if the cost isn’t too much. So far, I am pretty happy with both services and will probably keep using both of them!
The first one, a company called Farm Fresh to You, is more local than the second one. The biggest draw to this company for me is the ability to customize my box! About 5 days before your scheduled delivery, you can look at the produce that is available and change out whatever you would like. You have until two days before your delivery date to customize your box.
I have my second delivery scheduled to arrive on Friday, but here is what we received in our first box.
- Slicing tomatoes
- Red beets
- Rainbow carrots
- Nantes carrots
- Red butter lettuce
- Cameo and Fuji apples
- Meyer lemons
- Green kale
- Gold Beets
- Valencia oranges
- Minneola tangelos
This box cost us around $48, but it was supposed to cost us closer to $58. Since it was our first box, we got $10 off. For the delivery coming this week, I changed our box to a smaller one since we haven’t eaten everything from this first box yet. That smaller box will cost around $50. Your final cost depends on what you customize to be in your box. I also changed our delivery schedule to every three weeks instead of every two weeks. The option for customization is a wonderful thing.
I usually spend at least $50 a week anyway on groceries and I have noticed that with these produce deliveries I don’t go to the grocery store as often!
The second company I use, Grubmarket, is not quite as local as I’d like (most of the produce comes from northern California), but… I kind of think of this delivery service as our “splurge” or “try something new” service. That is because you can order not just produce but also snacks, grains, and even refrigerated items.
I have ordered from them twice so far and have been happy with their service. The only thing I’m not fond of is the amount of packaging used for the boxes, but since they are coming overnight delivery from northern California, I guess it is necessary. My kids love playing with the humongous bubble wrap. I will probably only order from this service once a month and stagger the delivery with the Farm Fresh to You delivery so they come on different weeks.
- Oatmeal cups
- Black pepper crackers
- Goji berries and beef jerky
- Blueberries and an English cucumber
- Dark Rye flour and Bulgur
- Sprouted Sourdough bread
- Brown rice flour and Dark Rye flour
- Rose water
- Organic ketchup
- Yellow onions
- Fingerling potatoes
- Moroccan purple olives
- Gala apples
With this order, I had a 20% off coupon since it was my first order. This first box cost about $49 and should have cost around $62. Delivery is free on orders of $49 or more. This makes a lot of sense to me. If you are going to go to the trouble of ordering something overnight delivery, might as well as put as much as you can in the box. My second order came in around $57.
I wanted to see how they sent their refrigerated items, so I made sure to order cold items in my second order. I was happy with how they arrived, but I am not sure I would want to order raw milk this way.
This box had a few more “splurges” than the first one. The jams were a good price, but the sausage was a little more than I would usually pay. I bought the yogurt mostly for their glass jars. I know, that’s a little weird, isn’t it? They will be perfect for personal custards though.
- Snapea crisps
- Vital wheat gluten
- Dark chocolate covered almonds
- Sprouted multi-grain bread
- Avocado oil
- Kind bars
- Blood oranges
- Rainbow fingerling potatoes (My kids LOVED these roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt,and pepper)
- Vegetable bouillon cubes (we were out)
- Sugar snap peas (I love these and they were a decent price, $2.99/lb)
- Cameo apples
- Two jams
- French Style strawberry and vanilla yogurt
- Whiskey maple sage sausage (which I am using tonight in a “white lasagna”)
The cold items arrived in cold bags with frozen ice packs inside. I kept both the cold bags and the ice packs for my own use.
One thing with Grubmarket, I have to keep myself from ordering from them every week, because of their produce specials. I’ve managed to resist so far!
If you live in Southern California and would like to try these services, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you a referral link. Or you can just sign up yourself and try it out!