Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It Must Be Tuesday...

UPDATED TO ADD: You can search for CSA growers in your area by clicking here!

Every Tuesday a white van pulls up in front of my house. The door opens and a very nice young man pulls a box out of the back. That very same nice young man then places that box on my doorstep, careful not to ring the doorbell as our sign so nicely states not to. Babies sleeping! Is it the mailman? No. Is it Fed-Ex? No. It's our LPO delivery guy and he's delivering...groceries. Produce to be exact. In case you haven't heard me rave enough about our CSA (community supported agriculture) box from Los Poblanos Organics...here's some more propaganda for you. Eye-rollers need not read on.LPO delivery day is a rather exciting event around these parts. No, really, it is. You see, I have a problem. It's called grocery shopping. It never used to be a problem. In fact, it only started becoming a problem right around the time the doorbell sign appeared. Hmmmm. Anyway, LPO is a local organic grower. For a measly thirty bucks a week they DELIVER enough produce to suit a family of four. Did I mention they deliver? Most of each week's box consists of things that you would see in your common grocery trip (i.e. lettuce, apples, oranges, etc.). However, being the tricky little health conscious people that they are, LPO sticks some interesting items in along each week too. Let me just say it would not be unusal to open our fridge and see turnips, swiss chard, kale, beets, and leeks. NOR are we strangers to the Japanese sweet potato, Rainbow carrots, Bacon avocado and Cheddar cauliflour. It's a radical change from the same ol' hum-drum line-up of veggies that we once embraced, but a welcome one. Another, oh-so-nice, perk to our LPO box is that it forces me to think outside the "box" for meal ideas. It's always a fun adventure to find the tastiest Beet Risotto recipe and put it to practice. And yes, there is a Beet Risotto. Who doesn't love that? Diverse vegetables, diverse meals, delivery...can it get any better?In the event that you too are interested in supporting local growers, having organic produce delivered to your door for half the price of Whole Foods, or you just have a doorbell sign like me, check out Los Poblanos Organics. They even have a nifty way to earn your box for half price by working for two hours each week on the farm! Go ahead, try it. Do you think I would be blogging about it if it wasn't so good?

Diversity+delivery=love

9 comments:

jedishoney said...

Thats awesome!!! I wonder if there is anything like that here? How did you find it? Maybe I could just google it? :) yum yum!!
Tania

Susan said...

I love Los Poblanos! We had it in Socorro, but I haven't checked 'em out here. I think I may! I just got one of those signs you're talking about :)

Sarah said...

Hey Tania and Susan! CSA farms are all over! You can search through this link http://www.localharvest.org/ and see what's available to you. I'm sure you have one in your area. Delivery just might be a little harder or more expensive :)

Tracey said...

Do you work on the farm or do you have it delivered! I checked out the site...it's over $30 a week to be delivered.

Sarah said...

Hi Tracey~
We have it delivered, I think the total is $32.95 to have it delivered. It's $28.00 if you pick it up and there are several locations to pick it up from! We also purchase 10 weeks at a time which saves you 5%. It really is worth it's value and when we added up what we were spending at Sunflower Market (even Wal-Mart) on produce we were surprised to find that we were spending about the same. I have yet to work on the farm but I hope to this coming spring and summer. Hopefully now that the boys are a little older...

Aunt Kim said...

I would be oh so all over this. Do you know how much my produce bill is every week? Twice what you are spending. Do they deliver to the frozen tundra?

Jen said...

Sarah,
You have converted us, my sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, my mom, and several of her neighbors...We ARE ALL HOOKED! Who would have thought that every Monday (we pick up) would be Christmas all over again! Guess what we had for dinner...Kale and Potato Soup! And we were all pleasantly surprised! Want the recipe?;)
I will be trying the beet risotto!

Sarah said...

Aunt Kim, I checked for you and all I could find was beef, beef and more beef. As for delivery, I think they'd need the dog sled to get back into your parts this time of year. Mush! :)

Brian and Lauren said...

I have a great kale recipe. It’s Zuppa the stuff they serve at Olive Garden… It’s Awesome!!!!