Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Tried It! - I Liked It! Community Harvest Box

This month I tried out our community Harvest Box.  It is a volunteer supported program that enables people to buy local, high quality, produce at bulk prices.  I simply sign up (call or email) for a box that month, and on the designated pick up day, they give me a call to let me knowI can pick it up at the drop off centre.  You can order a $15 bag that will be all local & mostly organic, or an $8 bag for non-local produce.  You don't know what will be in the bag from month to month; it will depend on what is in season of course!

The things I like about this program:
1.  It supports local farmers.
2.  Most of the food is organic.
3.  There are no plastic bags involved.  Everything was just placed in a big, brown, paper bag with handles.
4.  It gets me out of a food rut.  I didn't know how much I liked beets till now!
5.  It saves me time at the grocery store hemming and hawing over what variety of apple to buy, what kind of onions are cheaper... I can now spend that time learning to cook new recipes with fresh food.

I'm quickly learning that if I want to change my eating & lifestyle habits, I simply have to change my shopping habits.

To find out if there is a program in your community, google something like "Community Harvest Box" or "Community Produce Program".  I'm definitely doing this again next month!

1 comment:

  1. I have heard of this in many communities but have yet to find one in my own community. I think it would be a great thing! I'd definitely sign up.