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!