Recently I got a chance to try Farmbox Direct – a produce delivery service that ships fresh fruits and vegetables to your door every week all year round. After seeing positive reviews of this vegetable subscription box online, I decided to check it out, and today I’m going to share my experience.
Note: this post has been sponsored by Farmbox Direct. All opinions are 100% my own.
Why Farmbox Direct?
As a busy vegan working mom, I’m always happy to find easier ways to keep my family healthy, happy and fed.
Fresh produce is a big part of our menu, but I can’t buy a lot of it at once since it won’t stay fresh for long unlike other vegan pantry staples in my kitchen.
We try to make a big grocery shopping trip every week or two to stock up on all of our food essentials. Yet all to often, I will run short on fresh fruits and vegetables well before our next grocery trip is planned.
So I find myself going to the store again and again to pick up just a thing or two. When you’re working, raising a family, and running a household, these trips can take too much time and effort that you would rather be spending elsewhere.
This is why, when I heard about the premise of Farmox Direct, it made so much sense to me.
The idea is simple: once a week, Farmbox Direct delivers you a box full of fresh produce sourced by farmers and businesses local to your area. That’s like farmer’s market, dropped off at your door!
A few days before each vegetable subscription box goes out, you go online to see what’s being harvested in your area, choose the size of your box, and make up to 5 substitutions to the fruit and veggie assortment offered in each box.
You can also choose between having all-organic or conventional produce in your box.
If you want just the fruit or just the vegetables, Farmbox Direct gives you an option for that.
If you’re into juicing, the company also offers three juicing boxes with fruits and vegetables that make green, orange, or red juice.
Also see: how to make your diet even healthier with simple and healthy plant-based food combinations.
My Experience with Farmbox Direct Produce Delivery Service
Our Farmbox Direct box arrived on a day when the power went out in our whole town here in Western Washington state because of a bad windstorm.
Because of that, I didn’t get a chance to take “glamour shots” of the unpacking process. Thankfully, the power was restored overnight, and the following day I took the pictures for this post.
The box had a layer of insulating packing material and an ice pack. Each piece of vegetables (except for the smallest ones like grape tomatoes or Brussels sprouts) was wrapped individually in brown butcher paper.
I liked to see that there wasn’t a lot of plastic or other wasteful materials used. The website at Farmbox Direct says that all of the packaging is biodegradable (or reusable as in the case of the ice pack).
Here’s what Farmbox Direct sent me in my box – everything was organic:
- – 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes
- – 2 avocados
- – 2 bags of Brussels sprouts
- – 1 bunch of Swiss chard
- – 1 bunch of rainbow carrots
- – 3 large D’Anjou pears
- – 3 Gala apples
- – 4 kiwi fruit
- – 3 blood oranges
- – 2 regular oranges
- – 1 box cherry tomatoes
My 2 year-old daughter baby J and I had a great time unpacking the box, unwrapping each piece of produce, and taking notes about what we could make.
One of my favorite parts of this vegetable delivery service is that it challenges you to use some vegetables or fruit that you don’t usually buy at the store.
For example, I hardly ever buy Swiss chard, even though I love the way it looks – here in the Pacific Northwest people harvest the most beautiful chard I’ve ever seen.
Now that I had a bunch of Swiss chard from Farmbox Direct, I had to figure out what I was going to cook with it.
I eventually made a fantastic pasta dish with sauteed chard and garlicky toasted breadcrumbs. I guess I should write that recipe down and post it here on the blog sometime.
Another example: I’ve never bought D’Anjou pears because we prefer Bartlett pears in our house. However, the three D’Anjou pears that we got in our delivery were so delicious that I’ll expand our pear repertoire from now on.
Before I received my produce delivery, I was a bit skeptical at the claim on the Farmbox Direct website that their vegetables are truly premium quality. I’m not saying that I expected everything to be rotten 🙂 but how good can it possibly be if I didn’t pick out every piece in person at the store?
To my pleasant surprise, the vegetables and fruit in my box were perfectly fresh and ripe – just like the website claimed.
Now I’m going to share some pros and cons of ordering produce via Farmbox Direct.
Farmbox Direct Pros:
– You’re saving time. Instead of going to the grocery store or the farmer’s market a few times a week, you get a box full of farmer’s market-quality fruits and vegetables every week on a set day.
This is particularly convenient for people with busy jobs, small kids, or those of us who hate going to the grocery store.
– You’re saving money. Have you ever gone to the grocery store to pick up a couple things, and then walked out with a cart full of stuff? Yes, me too 🙂 When my produce is delivered right to my door, I don’t have to worry about blowing up my grocery budget again and again.
Also, check out other vegan budgeting tips from the blog.
– You get creative in the kitchen. FarmBox Direct offers a variety of produce options, including some fruits and vegetables I don’t usually buy. If they get delivered to my home, I have an opportunity to give them a chance, and possibly discover new favorites.
– You can eat organic. This vegetable delivery service gives you an option to select between organic and conventional produce. Interestingly, the small organic veggie box costs only four dollars more than the conventional small box.
– You support local farmers and businesses. It makes a lot of sense to buy locally sourced, seasonally grown produce. Your fruits and vegetables are more fresh. The farmers stay in business.
Plus, short distance delivery requires less fuel, so it doesn’t affect the environment as much as the stuff that has to be flown in from far away.
– You can customize the delivery schedule. If you’re going on vacation or need to skip a delivery, you can arrange for it on their website or email the customer service.
Wondering if Farmbox Direct delivers to your area? Go on their website and enter your zip code to find out.
Farmbox Direct Cons:
– You will most likely still need to go to the grocery store for additional produce. If you’re planning to make a recipe that calls for ingredients your current Farmbox doesn’t have, it’s most logical that you would still need to go to the store.
This can be made easier if you stock some basic vegetables with longer shelf life at home – think onions, garlic, winter squash, etc.
That doesn’t mean that Farmbox Direct doesn’t deliver onions, garlic, or winter squash. But in case you need those for a recipe when your box arrived without them, you’ll still be able to make that recipe.
– You have to remember to go on the Farmbox Direct website every week to make selections for the next week’s box, and to make substitutions if needed. This isn’t going to be a big deal if you set a weekly reminder for that.
To reiterate, I found way more pros than cons of this produce delivery service. Even the cons don’t seem like a big deal if you do a little bit of planning.
The reviews are in: If you’re looking for ways to simplify grocery shopping and save time every week while still having premium quality fruits and vegetables in your home, Farmbox Direct may be just what you need.
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