How I wish every city had a fresh, local, and in-season produce delivery service! Maybe once the word of Big Organic Garden in Georgia spreads weíll all be happily awaiting our own fruit and veggie delivery.
The owners of Big Organic Garden are able to source produce from farms across their state of Georgia and the southeast to offer their customers the freshest in-season options they can. Big Organic Garden promotes local and in-season produce to support local industry and provide optimal health, as studies point to benefits of eating from your own local harvests. Also, by providing in-season options, this cuts down on the carbon footprint that shipping of out-of-season produce causes.
The customers of Big Organic Garden can choose a box size and price every week. The boxes are somewhat specified by the customer from their website, but all contain an assortment of fruits and vegetables. A small box is $20, medium is $37, and a large will cost $50. If not for yourself, this sounds like an awesome holiday gift idea!
An example of what you might find in the $50 large box includes 4 Braeburn apples, 4 Honeycrisp apples, 2 avocados, 2.5 bunches of bananas, 5 oranges, 5 lemons, 1.5 heads of broccoli, 1 head of cauliflower, 2 bunches of collard greens, 1 bunch of spinach, as well as squash and tomatoes.
All of the products are organic and most are local. Obviously the avocados are not local, but they only bring in a few items from out of the area and they are always certified organic. The company offers a few pick-up locations throughout the week, but they also offer delivery. Big Organic Garden encourages customers to leave a cooler with ice packs on their porch so the produce can stay fresh.
What a wonderful idea this is. It’s not too different than CSAs that are already wildly popular, but it extends the range of who can include and receive produce. As I wrestle with trying to do the best for my own family and the earth we live on, itís hard to compete with the store thatís just minutes from my home. And furthermore, I can eat strawberries in the winter if I shop in the store that knows no seasons. But truly, I want to do whatís right. Hopefully more companies like Big Organic Garden will sprout up all over the country very soon.