Monday, August 9, 2010

Organics to You

A lot of the cooking I do depends on what random melange of fresh organic veggies and fruits are included in my bi-weekly "bin" from Organics to You.  I heard about this local organization from my friend Megan over a year ago and decided to try it when I went back to work full-time this March. I thought the convenience (as well as the novelty) would be worth a shot.  The system is similar to a CSA, except there is a lot more flexibility in terms of the frequency with which you receive your bin (once a week, every other week, or as seldom as you choose).  Also, you have the option to specify certain "dislikes" and likes in order to help guide what is included in your delivery as well as the option to start or stop at any time.  Oh yeah.....that's the convenient part about it....Organics to You delivers your organic goodies right to your front door.

So, if you look at the Web site (just Google it) you can get a general idea of what type of volume to expect with each size bin.  Also, there are options to choose more vegetables, more fruit, or specific types of either or both.  I decided to start with a small bin on a biweekly delivery schedule.  I originally ordered the "Latin" add-on, which would/should have included items such as cilantro, bell peppers, onions, garlic, get the idea.  Well, on that very first delivery Organics to You messed up my order and sent the fruit add-on instead.  What a happy accident!  I couldn't BELIEVE how much fruit was included!  There seemed to be an endless supply of oranges, plums, pears, berries, bananas, apples and on and on and on. I was immediately hooked (as were my 3 kids) and decided keeping the fruit add-on was a MUST.

So far, I love Organics to You.  Sure, we've had our mini-misunderstandings, but they always do everything in their power to correct their mistakes, etc.  My only real gripe would be that they tout themselves as dealing with LOCAL organic growers, and a lot of the merchandise does seem to come from California or Mexico.  But, who am I to complain?  Tomorrow I'll receive the next box, so tune in for the list of contents......

Up next - creative empanada filling ideas - a request from Denise T. :o)

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