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Adventures with Ami: Vegetable Delivery

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Where do you buy your produce?  From the local grocery to the farmers market, warehouse stores or a co-op, there are plenty of options out there.  In some areas, there are more options than others.  We say, do the best you can.  I personally buy a lot of frozen fruits and vegetables at my local super center or discount grocery.  I also grow veggies in the summer and shop at local farmers markets.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a grocery delivery service called Green Bean Delivery that services the midwest.  Similar in nature to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share, you get a weekly delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables.  In addition to the fresh produce, this service also allows you to add on grocery items to your order as well.

If you have been considering a CSA share this year or like the convenience of delivery, you might want to look into Green Bean Delivery.  Though they are not available in all areas of the USA, similar services may be.  In the summer, I normally have my own vegetable garden.  I’ve never tried a CSA or delivery service because of that.  With our recent relocation, I haven’t had a chance to garden here in St Louis just yet.  The availability of great looking produce at the local markets here varies as well.  I’ve found it to be hit or miss.  So I was really excited to see what Green bean had to offer.

The produce bin from Green Bean comes in three sizes. S-M-L ranging in price locally in St Louis from $35-$49.  Other options include a fruit only bin and a small bin that includes produce and groceries.  Each bin is customizable, you can mix and match the vegetables and fruit in your bin based upon what is available that week.  Adding more apples for example or swapping spinach for kale.  The majority of the produce is local and organic.  The grocery section also have a large selection of locally produced items available which was really nice.  From bulk items like rolled oats to locally baked bread, they had some really great items that I was interested in personally.

When my delivery arrived, the produce looked amazing!  I was pleased with every single item that was in my bin.  Everything was very fresh.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  All of my items were bagged either in plastic produce bags or in brown paper bags.  I don’t think I could have picked a better array of produce had I gone to the store myself.

Though I don’t foresee using a delivery service for all of my grocery shopping needs, I have been really pleased with the Green Bean Delivery experience.  It makes a very nice supplement to the other grocery shopping that I do.  I like that I can add things like locally baked bread without having to make a trip to the bakery itself.  One of the benefits I enjoy about online shopping for groceries is the fact that I am not cruising the aisles and picking up impulse items.  I search for what I need, add it to my cart and make it to checkout without having to see all the things that aren’t part of my daily plan.

If you are in their service area and would like to try Green Bean Delivery, you can use this promo code for $15 off your first order: 15pbaml

code expires: March 22nd, 2014

 

Helpful links to find other delivery services and CSA’s in your area:

http://www.peapod.com

http://www.greenling.com/home

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

https://www.planetorganics.com/UI/default.aspx

About the author

Ami Mackey
Ami Mackey is a food coach at Engine 2 Extra and has been plant-strong since 2011. She is also the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

3 Responses to “Adventures with Ami: Vegetable Delivery”

  1. Nisha says:

    Greenling and Johnson’s Backyard Garden here in Austin have been wonderful for organic produce delivery – great variety and always fresh. Greenling even delivers various pre-prepped vegan and E2 meal kits! Makes cooking a breeze when all the prep is already done! :)

  2. justme says:

    Wish I could get delivery, but I’m on a small island accessible only by ferry. I buy stuff at Costco when I’m off island once a week. OR I pay 3X as much at our island market. At least the market has a nice organic produce section. CSA sounds like heaven.

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