Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Eat Your Vegetables

Okay!
A peer recently clued me in on a great service here in New York - Urban Organic: A home delivery service of organic produce that is actually quite affordable. For years I have been wanting to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) type of program in order to support local farmers and force myself to eat more nutritious items than Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches and Honey Nut Cheerios. Unfortunately, here in New York City you are often placed on a waiting list, it is a year commitment, and you need to have a consistent schedule in order to pick up your weekly box. I had given up hope and resigned myself to the pathetic (and sometimes disgusting) produce section of our very own C-Town Grocery. But then came Urban Organic!
I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery as I type.
There is a one time $25 membership fee and then they deliver to your door up to once a week. There are a variety of boxes to choose from and you can even omit up to 3 products (like the evil banana) that they will replace with more of something you do like. They provide information, preparation, and recipe ideas along with your box of treats. You can alter or cancel your order up to 3pm the day before and they now have a few grocery and dairy products that you can add on. And best of all, it is all organic.
Here is the contents of our box today:
EGGPLANT
SPINACH
COLLARDS
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
MUSHROOMS
CARROTS
ROMA TOMATOES
RUSSET POTATOES
KIWI
HONEY TANGERINES
VALENCIA ORANGES
BANANAS
BARTLETT PEARS
RED GRAPEFRUIT
BRAEBURN APPLES

I'm excited to experiment with vegetables that I often overlook. I'm even hoping to add a few of them back into my diet. Even funghi! (aka mushrooms)

I just wonder that if "you are what you eat" I may end up looking like one of these unfortunate people:


Or even this guy:
The Jolly Green Giant - Blue Earth, Minnesota

Ho! Ho! Ho!

2 comments :

  1. This is a cute post. Did your veggies arrive last night as promised? Were they beautiful, clean, firm, and very fresh? What did you replace the bananas with? A friend once gave us some corn that had come right out of the field and when I pulled back the husk I got a surprise as all the nasty things from the field were still there! Plus they had done some nibbling on the ear as well. The hell with nature! I'll take my veggies washed and brushed clean.

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  2. No, they did not arrive and still have yet to contact me. I might have to change my blog post if I don't get some free produce out of this mess!

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