Have you noticed the condition of your produce lately at the grocery store? I don't know about you, but here in North Carolina I have noticed that the produce in our grocery stores just hasn't looked very fresh. I truly hate to resort to serving my family frozen vegetables, and often they don't contain the same amount of nutrients in fresh vegetables and fruit. Occasionally a sauce or seasoning will be added, giving extra preservatives, calories and additives that are simply unnecessary. I found myself with this dilemma at the store the other day thinking, do I serve my family a frozen pack of vegetables, cut around the bad spots in this onion or travel to another store for simply my produce needs?
I went home that night and did some research online, thinking there had to be an alternative to this situation, while still allowing me to serve organic fruits and vegetables to my family without having to travel to multiple stores when I go grocery shopping! It was here that I found an online farmers market that actually delivers fresh and organic produce to your door, each week! They take care of the packaging and ice packs to keep your produce cool, and you don't even have to be home for the delivery! You can sign up for the solo plan, dinner for two, family of four and even a larger extended family plan. The category you choose will give you a points value to spend on produce for the week - you can choose the variety basket which uses your points on a variety of vegetables, or choose to spend your points as you wish on the produce items you like best or need for your weekly meals.
The produce was extremely affordable, ranging from $25 to $55. The fact that you are supporting local farmers was also one of the things that appealed to me most! On top of that, all of the materials used for packaging and fresh keeping upon delivery will be picked up for recycling when your next basket of produce is delivered, creating less waste and reducing our effect on the environment.
For North Carolina residents, Backyard Produce was the amazing online farmers market I found, to which a few friends of mine actually use currently. Try finding your own online farmers market in your area! You'll not only be supporting a local business, but also giving fresh, organic, quality fruits and vegetables to your family!